In February and March 2021, LEAD will bring English Language Learners (ELLs) back to campus for state-mandated ACCESS testing to assess their current level of English language learning. Our schools remain in virtual learning except for this test. Everyone coming to campus to participate in the ACCESS testing will be required to follow the guidance below.

ACCESS testing is required and important and we are taking it seriously.  The information below is also available en español and Arabic (عربى).

Schedule for ACCESS Testing at each LEAD School



Everyone coming to campus to participate in the ACCESS testing will be required to adhere to the following safety requirements:

  • Take your temperature. If you have a fever above 100 degrees, you are not allowed to be on campus or on a LEAD-sponsored bus.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth the entire time you are in our building or on our bus. You may remove your mask when you are eating or drinking, but you should move at least six feet away from others before you remove your mask.
  • Attempt to keep six feet of distance between you and others. Do not congregate in close quarters for discussions of any length.
  • Follow posted signs in hallways and gathering spaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Students will be part of a smaller cohort on testing days. Stay in your cohort to reduce the risk of transmitting or getting the Coronavirus.



LEAD will provide bus service to get students involved in ACCESS testing to their campus for their tests. We are working with our bus company to limit the number of students on each bus and the amount of time students spend on the bus each day. Each student will receive specific instructions about where and when to meet their bus for the days of testing.



In order to protect participants from COVID, everyone is asked to maintain six feet of social distancing from others and remain within their assigned “pod.” During lunch times, each student will remain in their pods to help decrease the risk of transmission.

In order to ensure the test is fairly given to each student, students are asked to bring their Chromebook and charger with them for the exam. NO STUDENT may have a smartphone, smart watch, or any other device that connects to the internet or is bluetooth compatible. If a student brings any of these items to campus, the items will be removed from testing rooms and taken from the student.

Students will be given a pair of headphones to use throughout the exam and LEAD staff will routinely clean and sanitize the headsets.

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