Schools that applied to provide COVID-19 screening testing resources and opted to implement their own screening testing programs are eligible to receive a portion of the $267 million in funds that the federal Department of Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded to the New Jersey Department of Health prior to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, according to a memo from the New Jersey Department of Education.
Schools are eligible to receive a portion of the funds awarded if they have demonstrated to NJDOH that their program meets the minimum requirements outlined by the NJDOH communicable disease services screening testing guidance.
School districts and nonpublic schools approved by NJDOH to participate in the K-12 screening testing program can apply for reimbursement by submitting the number of tests administered on the NJDOE Homeroom webpage. The initial payment, to be made no later than Jan. 31, 2022, will provide reimbursement for tests administered between Oct. 18, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. A school district or nonpublic school requesting a reimbursement for this time period must submit its testing data no later than Jan. 14, 2022. Subsequent reporting periods will be posted on Homeroom.
Districts that opted not to participate in the K-12 screening testing program may seek reimbursement for screening testing expenses through the Federal Emergency Management Agency public assistance program.