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K-12 Families

Keep your child’s life consistent — and healthcare simple — with K-12 school services.

Safe in-person learning is empowered with the right tools and protocols. It’s essential that schools do everything they can to keep children safe and healthy and in their care – and in-person education delivers better academic results. Color’s programs ensure children and their families have easy, affordable, and equitable access to the care, support, and services they need.

How has the pandemic affected
families and students?

COVID-19 surveillance testing can help keep life consistent
and kids in school. Let your school know this is a free service
you want for your children.

5 to 12 months

of academic progress has been lost by under-resourced students.

McKinsey Report

32% increase

in children with unmet health care needs from 2019 to 2020, with significant increases in children diagnosed anxiety and depression from 2016 to 2020.

HHS and JAMA Pediatrics

52% of employed parents

with children younger than 12 in their household say it has been difficult to handle child care responsibilities during the coronavirus outbreak.

To learn more, listen to the recent NY Times podcast:
“The Education Lost to the Pandemic.”

COVID-19 testing with Color is fast, easy, and free.

Simple, one-time registration to enroll your child in testing.

They swab themselves – it’s comfortable, takes two minutes, and can be done by children as young as two.

You receive results fast, via text and email.

Let’s talk about privacy.

When you or your student takes a Color COVID-19 test or uses our platform, we know you are trusting us with important health data. That’s a responsibility we take seriously. It’s why we want to be clear and transparent about how we use your test samples and health data.

Color reports testing information to relevant state agencies and other authorities as required by applicable law to support contact tracing and outbreak mitigation efforts. We do not rent, sell, monetize, or otherwise use any patient data.


Children’s health




Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

Routine/frequent testing helps identify coronavirus infections quickly and before symptoms arise, which can reduce in-school transmission and help keep your child healthier.

Test results will be sent to the mobile phone number and email on your Color account in 24-48 hours after testing.

Swabbing is quick, easy, and comfortable. Our nasal swabs are short, about the size of a cotton swab, and only need to be inserted into the nose up to the edge of the cotton.

Each child will take about two minutes to swab, so testing an entire classroom takes about 10-15 minutes per day.

Your child’s results are shared with you, the parent or guardian, the ordering physician, and the appropriate local or state authority. Depending on your program, school administrators may also have access to results.

For children under 18 years old, you’ll register your child as a dependent on your own Color account. Your child’s results will be sent to the email or phone number on your account.

Your school’s testing team can see which children are registered for testing in the Color platform. The testing team likely includes principals, teachers, and testing administrators or health services staff.

According to the CDC, children are more likely than adults to be asymptomatic, meaning they don’t show signs of sickness when infected with COVID-19. That means that kids who appear healthy can still spread the virus to their teachers and peers. Testing everyone regardless of symptoms helps stop the spread of COVID-19, whether it’s symptomatic, asymptomatic, or presymptomatic (which means they’ve recently been infected but haven’t developed symptoms yet). The best way to avoid undetected infections and stop the spread is frequent, consistent testing for everyone.

The best way to support testing is to provide consent for your child to be tested. You only need to do this once.

The CDC recommends that schools use layered prevention strategies—including testing—to support full-time in-person learning. Tools like the Color platform empower you to make informed decisions for your family.

The CDC recommends testing at least once per week using testing programs such as pooled testing. They suggest testing more than once per week in areas with higher rates of community spread. School communities should develop a testing strategy to meet their students’ and families’ needs.

Trusted by leading schools and government agencies

Color provides K-12 COVID-19 testing for:

Department of Health and Human Services logo
California Department of Public Health logo
Thermo Fisher logo
San Francisco Unified School District logo
Perkin Elmer logo
Alameda County Public Health logo

I am grateful for opportunities for students to test at the schools. Student testing adds an extra layer of protection and assures me that the children's safety and health is a priority. Thank you to Color agents for assisting with any concerns.

Mother, K-12

This entire experience was excellent for us and our five year old. You thought through everything and the nurses were super kid friendly and engaging. Thank you!

Parent, MA

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