COVID-19 Testing

Weekly In-School Testing

Arlington Public Schools strongly encourages all students and staff to sign up for free weekly COVID testing as part of our overall pandemic strategy to keep each other safe.  Families must opt in to allow students to be tested weekly in school.

How to OPT IN to Testing:

  • If this is your first time participating:
    • You can OPT IN here (students)
    • OPT IN for APS employees here
  • If your student participated last year:
    • You should renew your consent directly through the PrimaryHealth portal. Instructions were sent to the email you previously registered with. If you need assistance renewing consent, please reach out to

 Weekly In-School Testing Schedule

Staff required to participate in weekly surveillance as part of their exemption from the vaccination mandate should get tested during their two-hour time block for their work location.  If you miss your scheduled testing block, you can receive a make-up test at Syphax Education Center during the Friday testing window.

School Day of the week Testing Time
Dorothy Hamm Middle Monday 7:30am – 9:30am
Carlin Springs Elementary Monday 10:30am – 12:00pm
Campbell Elementary Monday 1pm-2:30pm
Swanson Middle Monday 7:30am-9:30am
Cardinal Elementary Monday 10:30am-12:30pm
Montessori Public School of Arlington Monday 1:30pm-3:30pm
Arlington Community High Monday 8:30am-10:30am
Nottingham Elementary Monday 11:30am – 1:00 pm
Tuckahoe Elementary Monday 1:45pm-3:30pm
Thomas Jefferson Middle Tuesday 7:30am-9:30am
Glebe Elementary Tuesday 10:30am-12:30pm
Discovery Tuesday 1:30pm-3:30pm
Jamestown Elementary Tuesday 8:30am-10:30am
Washington-Liberty Tuesday 11:45am-1:15 pm
New Directions Tuesday 2pm-3pm
Langston Tuesday 2pm-3pm
Long Branch Elementary Tuesday 8am-10am
Alice West Fleet Elementary Tuesday 11am-1pm
Taylor Elementary Tuesday 2pm-4pm
Randolph Elementary Wednesday 8:30am-10:30am
HB Woodlawn Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm
Claremont Immersion Elementary Wednesday 8am-10am
Williamsburg Middle School Wednesday 11:00am – 1:00pm
Hoffman Boston Elementary Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:30 pm
Gunston Middle Wednesday 7am-10am
Oakridge Elementary Wednesday 10:45am-12:45pm
Innovation Elementary Wednesday 2pm-3:30pm
Arlington Traditional School Thursday 8:00am-9:30am
Ashlawn Elementary Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm
Escuela Key Thursday 1:30pm-3:30pm
Abingdon Elementary Thursday 7:30am-9:30am
Barcroft Elementary Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm
Drew Thursday 1:30pm-3:30pm
Integration Station Thursday 8 – 9 am
Barrett Elementary Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm
Arlington Science Focus School Thursday 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Career Center Friday 7:30am-8:30am
Facilities & Operations (Trades Center) Friday 9:30am-10:30am
Wakefield High School Friday 11:30am -1:00pm
Yorktown High Friday 10:30am – 12:00pm
Syphax Education Center Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm
Kenmore Middle School Friday 7:30am – 9:30am

Weekly Optional Asymptomatic Testing – How It Works

Arlington Public Schools in partnership with Aegis Sciences Corp conducts asymptomatic weekly testing of students and staff using individual PCR test collection. In the weekly testing program, all participants who sign up are given a soft cotton swab to insert into both nostrils approximately 1.5 inches. The cotton swab is then placed in an individual test kit, and samples are scanned for COVID-19 using a “pooled” testing process for efficiency and timeliness, at the laboratory. If a sample in the pool comes back positive, the identified positive individual sample will be run a second time by itself to confirm. Other participants in the pool will not be required to quarantine. Pooling reduces the amount of time required to test large numbers of students without limiting effectiveness.Weekly testing programs have proven to be successful across the country in K-12 settings to keep students in the classroom and schools open, stopping outbreaks before COVID-19 has a chance to spread.

Results: PCR-RT test results are typically available 24 to 48 hours and are emailed directly to parents.

More information on pool-based PCR testing:

  • Pooling specimens allows the laboratory to test more individuals using fewer testing materials. Pooling is safe and effective and can also increase efficiency and reduce the cost of testing.
  • Pooling reduces test sensitivity to ensure an accurate baseline for all pooled samples.
  • Pooling is a testing methodology that can be used when performing Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) provided the test has received an FDA authorization for pooling.

Strategized Surveillance Program Overview

  • Students participating in testing will be able to administer the PCR mid-nasal swab with the support and supervision of a provider. It is a quick and easy process that takes place at a set time weekly for their school.
  • At the laboratory, technicians will receive the individual PCR mid-nasal swabs from the school and create a pool not exceed 6 students and run as a group through one laboratory test, preserving the original individual test collected. This method of testing does not impact the integrity of individual samples collected.
  • If a pool comes up positive, the lab uses an formula to determine which samples to test for confirmation of which student(s) are positive. These confirmation results will be followed up with a running of the individual sample(s) identified to confirm positive status.
  • Families receive definitive confirmation of the positive results after individual sample(s) are confirmed within 12-24 hours.
  • Students in the pool will not need to quarantine during this process unless they are identified as a suspected case using the algorithm on the pooled samples.
  • In select circumstances an additional sample may need to be obtained in order to ensure test result assurance.

Discontinue Participation – Optional (opt-out)

Students and staff who wish to discontinue participation in optional testing through Aegis Science Corp may do so by providing their request in writing using the following form Aegis Science Corp Opt Out.  To log into the form please enter your student’s ID number with a S as the prefix (e.g., S1234567). Opt out requests are every Wednesday at 5 PM for the following week.