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COVID-19 Testing, Learning, and Consultation for Safe In-Person Learning

The School TLC Study provides COVID-19 testing, medical consultation, and communication support to eight Kansas City Public Schools to help keep students and staff safe in school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your child attends or you work at one of these participating schools, you can sign up for COVID-19 testing:

  • Garfield Elementary School
  • Gladstone Elementary School
  • James Elementary School
  • Wendell Phillips Elementary School
  • Northeast Middle School
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Middle School
  • East High School
  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy High School

What is the COVID-19 test like? Students and staff are given a nose swab to collect the test sample. Swirl the swab inside your nose for 10 seconds in each nostril. The swab only goes into the tip of your nose.

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:

child inside school with mask
  • 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.

The School TLC Study is led by Dana Keener Mast, PhD of ICF, Jennifer Goldman, MD of Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and Jennifer Schuster, MD of Children’s Mercy Kansas City in collaboration with Kansas City Public Schools. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Contact us


For information about enrollment or participation in the study, please email School-TLC-Study@icf.com.