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MI Backpack Home Test Pilot Program

An At-Home COVID-19 Testing Program for K-12 Settings

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is offering a new program to make a limited number of free, at-home COVID antigen tests available to students in Michigan's schools in the 2021-2022 school year. MI Backpack Home Tests is a voluntary program offered by MDHHS for Michigan K-12 students, educators, staff, and their families who want an extra layer of protection against COVID-19. Every person enrolled in the program will receive one at-home COVID-19 test "kit," which includes 2 at-home tests. MDHHS will provide the kits and educational materials, and schools will distribute the kits to students and staff who choose to enroll. There is no obligation to participate.

This pilot program offers one more tool-in addition to in-school testing, masking, ventilation, and other strategies-to create a safer environment for students, staff, and families. Schools districts can indicate their interest in participating in this program, if it is taken to scale, by completing the following survey:

For more guidance about at-home COVID-19 testing, please see: Public Guidance for At-Home COVID-19 Testing

MI Backpack Program Overview

MI Backpack Test Guidance