MI Backpack Home Tests
An At-Home COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program for K–12 Settings
Enroll in Program
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.
K–12 students, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, teaching aides, and non-instructional staff are all eligible to opt into this program through their participating school or district. Participants will need to complete a brief intake survey to enroll. Another survey will need to be completed following the 5-week program.
Please note, test kits will be distributed after the holiday break - starting the week of January 3rd, 2022, based on the distribution process listed below.
Students and staff who enroll in the program will receive at-home COVID-19 tests kits distributed at school, staff will pick up test kits from the Nurse on the day that she is at your school. Please read the process to distribute the kits below:
- Survey Completed and submitted (This is an Opt-In only program)
- State of Michigan receives program enrollment
- BHAS District Nurse will be notified of Enrollment within 3-5 days after enrollment (kits will not be given if not on enrollment list).
- BHAS District Nurse will distribute test kits to staff 1 day per week, on the following days:
- Monday- Benton Harbor High School
- Tuesday- Martin Luther King Elementary and Discovery Enrichment Center
- Wednesday- Fair Plain East Elementary
- Thursday- Fair Plain Middle School
Participants will then be able to test themselves, or other family members right at home.
Layering prevention measures, like masking, testing, distancing, and ventilation, help create a safer environment for learning and keep kids, staff, and families safer. This pilot program offers one more tool—at-home testing—to help create that environment.
Any staff member or student that has symptoms of COVID-19 should still be isolated at home. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes.