About the Grant
The overarching goal of the New Mexico Schools COVID-19 Testing and Screening program is to help New Mexico schools maximize in-person learning days effectively and safely during the pandemic.
COVID-19 testing and screening is a proven layer of prevention for students and school staff.
The New Mexico Department of Health (NM DOH) has designed the award to provide the following:
All schools throughout the state of New Mexico are eligible for the program, although only K - 12 schools may receive direct funding. Public school districts must apply on behalf of their schools.
The federal grant that enables the NM DOH to provide this level of support is the 2019 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Disease (ELC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The ELC grant - Reopening of Schools (NU50CK000548-02-06) is part of a financial assistance award totaling $63 million dollars for New Mexico schools and federal funds made available from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117- 2 The NM DOH is distributing over eight five percent of this award to support school access to COVID-19 testing providers and services, in addition to direct funding. The NM DOH and the NM PED are partnering in this effort.
A. Full-Service Testing - Vendor Only
Connection to a full-service screening and diagnostic testing program vendor at no cost. Schools and public districts may use only vendor staff.
B. Full-Service Testing - School Staffing
Connection to a full-service screening and diagnostic testing program vendor at no cost. Schools and public districts may supplement their own testing personnel with that of the vendor or solely use their own staff, provided that they have completed the requirements for Point of Care (PoC) testing.
C. School-Administered Rapid Antigen Test Kits
Schools and districts will be able to order rapid antigen testing kits at no cost, provided that they have completed the requirements for Point of Care (PoC) testing.
D. School Award
Direct support for schools’ testing and screening program, including reimbursement for your CLIA Wavier licensing fee, biological waste management service fees, required equipment and other related costs.
E. Health Information System
Support for an electronic healthcare information database and reporting systems.
About Kesselman-Jones, Inc.
Given the expediency required for any COVID-19 response, the NM DOH has contracted with Kesselman-Jones, Inc. to support the training, communications, distribution, and management of this grant.
Kesselman-Jones is a full-service communications, event, and association management firm, centered on the principle that the services they provide will enhance the well-being of our communities. They have managed hundreds of trainings, events, and programs for the NM DOH in their almost thirty-year history.