About The School TLC Study
The School TLC Study is one of several research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health as part of the Safe Return to School Diagnostic Testing Initiative, within the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program.
The purpose of The School TLC Study is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools and promote a safe, in-person, learning environment.
From May to July 2021, the study found preferred testing strategies among students and staff and learned more about the concerns that families and staff have about attending school in person. We used what we learned to shape three types of support that certain schools will receive during the 2021–2022 school year:
- Screening COVID-19 testing for enrolled students and staff to look for COVID-19 cases among those who are not experiencing signs of illness; and symptomatic COVID-19 testing for enrolled students and staff showing signs of illness.
- Medical consultation services provided by pediatric infectious diseases doctors to support safe in-person learning environments.
- Tailored communications to promote safe in-person learning, including COVID-19 testing.