School-Based COVID-19 Testing Initiative

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) ended its School-Based COVID-19 Testing Initiative at the conclusion of the 2022–2023 school year. For the 2023–2024 school year, MSDH is offering free COVID-19 test kits to any school that requests them in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in K-12 school settings.

Requesting Kits

Schools can request over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid home test kits or Point of Care COVID-19 rapid tests (with a valid CLIA waiver) by completing the online order form below.

Order Kits

  • Test kits will be provided at no cost to the school.
  • No reporting requirement is associated with the use of either type of COVID-19 test kit.
  • No compensation will be provided to the school for requesting, distributing or performing the COVID-19 tests.
  • CLIA Certificates of Waiver are required for Point of Care COVID-19 rapid tests, but not for over-the-counter COVID-19 rapid home test kits. (Note: MSDH no longer pays the CLIA Waiver fee.)

For questions related to the COVID-19 test kits or ordering, send e-mail to

COVID-19 Outbreaks in School Settings

If your school is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, please review the CDC guidance below for K-12 schools and daycares:

If there are additional questions regarding this guidance, send e-mail to

Last reviewed on Jul 13, 2022 request edits
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