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Covid Testing

Covid Testing Available At MMSD Sites

We are participating in the K-12 School Testing Program in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Our vendor, Accelerated Clinical Laboratories (ACL), will be housed inside school buildings. See ACL schedule here. Please read the schedule carefully as times vary. One time registration at WI COVID Connect 2.0 required prior to testing:

Rapid antigen tests at MMSD sites will be available to all students and staff only.

PCR testing will only be offered as confirmatory testing in certain situations. If you only need a PCR test, you will need to use a different testing site. Public Health Madison Dane County, or other community testing location offers PCR testing. Please note that Covid testing done at other locations may have costs associated with it. 

Negative Home Rapid Antigens Now Accepted!!!

We will accept the following testing methods to return to school: Rapid Antigen (home test or at any accredited lab) or PCR. Every school health office has home rapid antigen test kits for anyone who needs them. Please contact your school nurse if you would like home rapid antigen testing kits.

An individual holding a cotton swab in a test tube, indicating a Covid Test procedure.

Free COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff

Testing helps reduce community spread and keeps schools operating safely. Testing individuals who are symptomatic or close contacts helps enable rapid detection of cases in the school community and reduce or prevent school outbreaks.

Through a collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, we are partnering with a testing vendor called Accelerated Clinical Laboratories (ACL) to provide free testing to all MMSD students and staff.

Students (only with consent of parent/guardian) and staff will be able to get tested at their school site for convenience, and are welcome to be tested at another school. Students will visit ACL only when accompanied by a family member or staff member.

Accelerated Clinical Laboratories will offer the following tests:

  • Everyone will be given a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test. We ask that all staff and students wait 15 minutes for their results and to determine if additional testing is needed.
  • In only limited circumstances will a Confirmatory PCR COVID-19 Test be offered.

I didn’t receive my results, who should I call?

If you have not received results after 72 hours, please contact the DHS Hotline for results. 866-419-6988

Due to the sensitive nature of COVID-19 testing, ACL is unable to:

  • make any recommendations in regard to returning to school.
  • discuss testing methods or accuracy.
  • make health recommendations or give medical advice.
  • release patient rapid antigen results to anyone but the patient or consenting adult.

Please contact your school nurse for instructions on returning to school or work.

Learn more about how the Department of Health Services is partnering with Wisconsin schools to offer testing.

Register for Testing

To Access The Covid Connect 2 Registration Site Click Here

This is a new system, you will only need to register once for a full year of testing. Parents will also be able to register your children and link the accounts so you can easily access your childrens results.

Wisconsin COVID Connect 2 Account Set Up Instructions & Video

Covid at home self test box

MMSD is now accepting Rapid Antigen test results from home!

Home Rapid Antigen Test kits are available in every school health office. If you would like free rapid antigen test kits, please contact your school nurse.

Also click here to find out how to get your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for free

Rapid Antigen Testing

Recommended for anyone who is symptomatic, it provides results in 15 minutes. If a symptomatic individual’s rapid antigen test is negative, DHS recommends a confirmatory PCR test. This test can also be used for anyone who is a close contact to a positive case. It is recommended to test at least 5 days after the last date of exposure to the positive case. A confirmatory PCR is also recommended for asymptomatic staff or students who test positive with a rapid antigen test and have no known exposure.

PCR Confirmatory Testing

This test is only available in limited situations that require a confirmatory PCR. If you just need a PCR test, you must use a different community testing site Test results are usually available in 24-48 hours depending on testing volume. PCR tests are used to confirm a symptomatic individual's negative rapid antigen result and to confirm an asymptomatic individual with no known exposure positive rapid test.

Accelerated Clinical Labs

Exciting news! Accelerated Clinical Labs will continue to offer testing in Dane County inside a new space at the Alliant Energy Center.

  • East lobby of the Coliseum
  • Starting on April 3rd
  • 10:00am-6:00pm
  • 7 days a week
  • Walk-ins & appointments welcome

Make an appointment here