As Newburyport Public Schools continues its phased approach to providing more students with in-person learning, protocols such as masks, hand washing, and physical distancing are in place and have been proving effective in minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission among students and staff. To enhance these essential mitigation strategies, Newburyport Public Schools will be providing voluntary pool testing to students and staff. Pool testing allows school districts to quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. By participating in pool testing NPS will have another tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our buildings and throughout the community. Having a high number of participants in pool testing will provide a better understanding of the presence of COVID-19, and maximize our ability to remain open and to bring more students into the building.