Keeping kids in school as much as possible … that’s what Test Together, Learn Together is all about. This FREE COVID-19 testing program is available to all of New Mexico’s public and private schools.
YOU CAN HELP. Parents/guardians who give permission for their students to be tested are helping schools maintain a safe and healthy environment for both students and staff.
Let’s work together to keep schools open!
Why Is Testing Important?
- Many people with COVID-19, especially children and teens, don’t have symptoms but can still spread the virus. Regular testing helps find people who have the virus before it can spread to others.
- If someone is identified early as positive, they can be isolated and reduce the risk of infecting others.
Test Together, Learn Together is a federally funded COVID-19 testing program for New Mexico’s public and private schools. There is no cost to the district, school or student to participate.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still an issue in our communities. If we can identify students and staff who test positive and separate them from others, we can lower the risk that COVID-19 will spread. Your school is already doing a lot to keep kids healthy and safe. This is another way to support them. The goal is to keep students in the classroom to learn face-to-face and enjoy time and activities with their friends.
You can sign the form that gives the school permission to test your student for COVID-19. Your school will give you instructions on where to find it. Once you get the form, please sign it as soon as possible so your school can begin their testing program!
Once you have signed the form, your student will be tested regularly throughout the school year. It will be quick and painless.
If your student tests positive, or tests negative but is showing symptoms of COVID-19, we will ask that your student stay at home until your school says it is safe to return.
Yes, it is fast, simple AND safe. Test results are back within 15 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the type of test. You will be told if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.
Schools were given choices on how they would like to do testing. You can check with your school administrators to learn about your school’s testing plan.
No, it is a simple swab just inside the nostril.
If your student’s test results are positive, the results will be shared with you and a small group of school administrators. We are not testing or collecting any other information besides the COVID-19 result.
If you don’t sign the permission slip, your student will not be part of this testing program. This could mean there is high risk that your student’s school will be shut down and learning will move back to an online format. That’s why we are encouraging all parents and guardians to sign the form and help keep schools open.
Because it is possible that a vaccinated individual can transmit COVID-19, we still recommend you sign the form so your child can be tested … just in case.
This program is offered at no cost to you, your school or your school district.
Below is a current list of schools and school districts that have applied to receive federal funding to operate their COVID-19 testing programs. This list is updated often; information may take a moment to load. If your school/district is not on this list, they have not applied to participate in this program. Your school may be implementing a testing program without our funding, which is okay.
If you have questions, please contact your school or school district.
COVID-19 Testing Options
Following are the testing options offered to New Mexico schools and districts under the Test Together Learn Together program:
Full-Service Provider Testing — A third-party testing vendor performs tests on site.
COVID-19 Test Training from PMG — Premier Medical Group, a third-party vendor, trains school staff to administer testing.
School-Administered Rapid Antigen Program — Access to federal funds to support school/district’s COVID-19 response.
Direct Funding — Access to federal funds to support school/district’s COVID-19 response. If your school/district’s listing above says “Yes” under the program option name, they have requested these services. If it says “No” they have not requested this component. Schools have the option to add services at a later date.
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Did you know? Test to Stay is a CDC-endorsed strategy to keep your kids in the classroom even if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. To learn more, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/what-you-should-know.html . #learntogethernm