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DPS partners with Ottendorf Laboratories to offer free COVID-19 testing


Durham Public Schools
is pleased to announce that Ottendorf Labortories LLC has agreed to provide free asymptomatic PCR testing for COVID-19 at DPS schools.

There will be a soft launch of the testing program this Thursday, March 25 at four schools — City of Medicine Academy, Mangum Elementary School, Merrick-Moore Elementary School, and Southwest Elementary School.  Additional DPS sites will begin testing in staggered, scheduled rotations during the week of April 5. Secondary school sites will begin their scheduled, staggered testing the week of April 12, allowing for the return to in-person learning on April 8.

Testing will occur at DPS sites on a regular rotation. Testing site schedules will be shared via social media and available on the DPS website and individual school websites. Testing sites and testing frequency will be determined in consultation with the Durham County Department of Public Health, school administration, and the testing lab. Times for testing will vary depending on school hours. Each school will identify exterior locations on their campuses to accommodate testing.

While students and staff may access testing at their school, they may be tested at any DPS location.

Additionally, we will be sharing information directly with families about how they may register their students to be tested along with steps for accessing test results which are expected to be provided within 24 hours. All students will need parental consent to participate in testing.

Testing at school sites provides an additional layer of protection. We are committed to the health and well-being of every student and staff member, and we will continue to collaborate with organizations to keep the DPS and Durham communities safe.