COVID-19 testing

Welcome to the
Thermo Fisher Scientific
ReadyCheckGo Testing Program, in partnership
with Color Health

We’re excited to help you set up your testing program to get students and staff back to school safely.

By now, you or a representative from your school or district should have been in contact with a representative from Thermo Fisher to sign up for the program. If you haven’t signed up for this program yet, provide your contact information and a member of the Thermo Fisher team will be in touch.

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Program Overview

Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send district directors and school leads emails to begin onboarding. Here’s an overview of how you’ll run your program:

Onboarding & Site Setup

These pages detail the steps and decisions necessary to complete onboarding and set up your testing sites.

Identifying the testing team

It takes a team to run an effective testing program, and we recommend selecting people from across your organization for the roles below. We’ve included an email template for your district director to reach out to site staff on our Resources page.

District Director
School Lead
Testing Administrator

District Director

The district director leads the strategy for a district’s testing program, and is responsible for deciding testing policies (e.g., cadence, eligibility, follow-up for positive pools). They’ll also identify collection sites (i.e., schools), the school lead for each collection site, the strategy for delivering testing supplies (district or sites), and the approach to results notification (participants or through collection sites).

The district director receives access to results dashboards for all district collection sites.

One district director should be selected to oversee the program. In the staff management tool, district directors should be assigned the “site manager” role.

School Lead

The school lead is responsible for all testing at a collection site (e.g., school). They identify testing administrators to set up testing stations and oversee sample collection, distribute testing supplies, and prepare samples for shipment to the lab.

The school lead receives access to results dashboards for their collection site and communicates pooled testing results to participants or parents/guardians.

One school lead should be selected for each collection site. If you’re a single-school district or an independent school, your district director and school lead may be the same person. In the staff management tool, school managers should be assigned the “site manager” role.

Testing Administrator

Testing administrators set up testing stations and oversee sample collection. They’ll use Color to record which participants provide samples.

One testing administrator should be selected for each testing station. In the staff management tool, testing administrators should be assigned the “site staff” role.


Participants are the individuals who register and provide samples for testing. For participants under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must register and provide consent on their behalf.

Managing your staff

You can provide, edit, and remove permissions for testing team members to use Color by logging into your account. District directors and school leads should be given “site manager” roles and testing administrators should be given “site staff” roles.


If you need a Color account, please contact your school lead. If you haven’t received a confirmation email, check your spam folder.

Order test kits and return shipping materials


During program sign up, the district director placed an initial order for testing materials. Please ensure that you have enough of the following materials for each testing station to collect samples from all participants over several weeks of testing.


To learn more about ordering materials, head to and review the “How To” videos.

Order kits & materials

Set up testing stations

Testing stations are where participants provide their samples. There can be multiple testing stations within each collection site, like in individual classrooms, or one in a central location, like the cafeteria.


Keep the administrator setup guide handy to reference how to set up testing stations and manage participant group samples.



How to set up a testing station

These are the materials you’ll need for each testing station:


From the starter kit


Test kits
Get enough test kits for the amount of samples you’ll collect – each test kit can collect between two and six samples.


Hand sanitizer


Waste bin

Collecting & shipping samples

Here are step-by-step instructions for collecting pooled samples:


Head to on your device, then sign in to Color.

how administrators collect pooled samples

Select your site and “COVID-19 pooled testing.”


Click “Finish this Pool” to close out the group of samples.


Remove a tube from the biohazard bag and scan or type in the tube’s barcode. Confirm and continue.


Enter optional label name(s) and click continue. Labels appear in your results dashboard and should describe the group you’re testing, like “Grade 2A” or “Afterschool Program.”


Unscrew the top of the tube and place the tube in a tube holder.


Screw the tube top on tightly and place the tube in its biohazard bag with the absorbent pad. Seal the bag.


Search and select all participants providing samples (between 2-6 samples) for this pool and hit continue. Each participant should be present.


Place up to five sealed biohazard pages into a return shipping bag (white with UN3373 printed on it).


Walk each participant through sample collection.



Collecting an anonymous pool

Your district director will decide whether you’re collecting anonymous pools or tracking individuals in each pool. If you’re collecting anonymous pools, you will skip step 5 and instead identify the population(s): minor students, adult students or staff. We strongly recommend using labels in step 8 to describe the group that you’re testing to determine next steps in the event of a positive anonymous pool.

Here are step-by-step instructions for packing and shipping samples:




Gather all white return shipping bags from the testing stations each day

How to package and ship samples

How to pack samples


Be sure each tube is in a sealed biohazard bag with the absorbent pad inside.


Place up to five sealed biohazard bags into a white return shipping bag.


Place up to 10 bags inside a box.


Adhere the UN 3373 sticker and shipping label
(if these are not already affixed).


Store unused test kits

Please store collected kits in a covered bin in a secure, shaded area without direct exposure to the sun or heat. The ideal storage temperature is room temperature (72-76 degrees Fahrenheit). Packaged kits may be deposited in outdoor drop boxes in cold outdoor temperatures.


Please note:
Kits may not be transferred to a different site or used for any purpose other than for sample collection. For safety reasons and to ensure specimen samples are not contaminated or damaged and results are accurate, unused kits may not be returned once they are delivered to a collection site. Unused collection kits must be destroyed when the testing program ends. Kits have a shelf life of approximately 12 months, with specific expiration dates listed on components of the kits. Kits should be destroyed upon expiration.


Ship samples


The prepaid shipping label is for FedEx Priority Overnight delivery, to help ensure that your samples arrive at the lab in less than 24 hours.


Contact your local FedEx office to determine the latest pickup or drop-off times to ensure overnight delivery, review packing requirements, and ensure they will accept biohazard samples.


Your prepaid labels are for Priority Overnight and include Saturday delivery. This does not include pick up or delivery on Sundays, so we recommend testing and shipping samples Monday-Friday.


You can track your shipments using the tracking numbers provided on the prepaid labels.

Monitoring & Maintaining Your Program

Once you’ve sent samples to the lab, you can track next steps and results.

Lab processing

Your samples will be processed at a CLIA-certified lab in the Thermo Fisher network, based on capacity to avoid backlogs and delayed test results.


Results will be available 12-48 hours after the sample arrives at the lab.


Thermo Fisher labs use PCR technology, the gold standard to test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

Dashboard reporting

District directors and school leads identified during the onboarding process will automatically receive access from Color to two real-time dashboards to view results:


Overview Dashboard which presents aggregate data and is meant to provide an overview of the statistics for a site or set of sites, including the number of tests, percent of tests with each type of results, and participant demographics. The overview dashboard does not include identifiable patient information.


Pooled Testing Patient Dashboard which provides row-level identifiable patient information, where each row represents the results of an individual participant and includes demographics, contact information, and test results.



District directors will have access to data for all schools in their district. School leads will have access to data only for the schools at which they are the lead. To access dashboards log your Color account, select reports (you may need to click on your name and choose “use another Color product”).

Access Dashboards


District directors and school leads can request or revoke dashboard access for team members by completing the “Contact Us” form on the Support page of this site and providing the individual’s name, email address, organization(s) (e.g., schools), and type of dashboard (overview, pooled testing patient or both).

Order additional materials

In addition to test kits and return shipping materials, other products you might need for testing are available through We recommend ordering materials five or more business days before testing.

Order additional materials