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BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Tests Available For Use

Dear Superintendent,

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an extension of the expiration dates of the BinaxNOW Home tests for up to 12 months. This means tests previously distributed to Ohio schools have been approved for use through November 2021. As such, these home tests can be used as part of a safe back-to-school strategy for next school year. This is especially important to keep in mind as schools develop strategies in response to requirements of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Including a plan for making at-home COVID-19 test kits available can be a strong component of these safe return-to-school strategies.

Schools are not limited to the number of tests they initially received. If your school or district needs tests, please contact your Educational Service Center (ESC) to see if there are any tests available. If your ESC does not have available tests, contact the State Testing Team at TestingRequests@odh.ohio.gov. If you have tests that you do not intend to use in either this school year or next, please contact your ESC to see if the tests may be redistributed to another school or district.

Thank you for all you do each day for Ohio's students!

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