COVID-19 Testing Programs for K-12 Schools in Missouri

The following COVID-19 testing programs are available to all Missouri public, private and charter schools.


Missouri Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Schools

Alert Due to the nationwide shortage of BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests, the Antigen Testing Program provided through DESE has been discontinued. A new option for obtaining ACON Flow Flex antigen tests has been made available through DHSS. See information about ACON Flow Flex. Note: schools can continue to use BinaxNow antigen tests until they expire.

To receive antigen tests, a new application with DHSS is required. Previous applications submitted to DESE will not be transferred to DHSS.

  • All existing antigen testing program participants will need to do the following in order to be approved to receive tests:
    • Re-apply to receive ACON Flow Flex tests
    • Complete the required training (there’s no video; just reviewing information online)
    • Provide verification of the training
    • Resubmit a test plan that includes an infectious waste disposal plan
    • Provide the locations of testing

Use of Antigen Tests

The purpose of the antigen tests is to help schools safely deliver in-person learning to as many students as possible. Antigen tests can be used for:

  1. Symptomatic testing
  2. Asymptomatic testing, including Test to Stay*
  3. Testing individuals from positive pools identified in the screening testing program

*Test to Stay allows a close contact (following COVID-19 exposure in the K-12 school setting) to continue school activities during a quarantine period through frequent testing. See Missouri School COVID-19 Operating Guidance for more information regarding Test to Stay.

Note: If your district/school plans to use ACON Flow Flex tests for a Test to Stay/Test to Play Program, or as part of your Screening Testing Program, the tests should be administered onsite at a school facility, not sent home with staff/students. In the application, you must select the option to administer tests onsite.

See Standing Orders to Administer ACON Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test for COVID-19 in Schools:

Application for the Antigen Testing Program

Additional COVID-19 Guidance, Information and Resources for K-12 Schools