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Assisting Childhood Education through Increased Testing

Statement of Problem

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POC Tests: BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card and NAVICA App Set-Up and Training | Abbott Point of Care ( 

OTC/Self Tests: At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests | FDA

Project Origins

Early on, COVID-19 made it difficult to keep kids in school for safe, in-person learning. Virtual platforms helped kids continue to learn when schools closed down. But as we saw, there is no substitute for schools given everything they provide when they're open. Besides education, schools offer safety, nutrition, and a chance to socialize. Schools are at the heart of our communities. 

At the beginning of 2021 CHOP launched Project: ACE-IT. We worked with local health departments and education leaders across the region. Our shared goal: To reduce the risk of in-school COVID-19 transmission through testing.

By now, most schools are back to in-person learning. And we know that schools are not usually where COVID-19 spreads. But we want students and staff to feel safe in school when COVID-19 cases start to rise in their communities.

Schools can use many layers of protection to make sure everyone feels safe. This includes offering rapid testing during times when COVID-19 is on the rise.


Next Steps

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Suggested Citation

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PolicyLab. Assisting Childhood Education through Increased Testing [Online]. Available at: [Accessed: plug in date accessed here].