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Because school is better at school

Now offering free, quick and easy COVID-19 testing for students and parents.

 

 
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Eurofins Genomics is a CAP Accredited and CLIA Certified Laboratory. All COVID-19 testing uses an internally developed FDA EUA approved assay, which is ranked amongst the best in the country by the FDA, and approved for ages 3 and up.

 

 

 

 

FAQ for Parents

What is the COVID-19 Testing Program?
Our school’s COVID-19 testing program offers free, regular testing to students and staff to catch COVID-19 and responsive testing to particular situation. Regular testing means proactive, weekly testing for all participating students and staff, even if they don’t have symptoms. The purpose is to catch cases earlier before it can normal.
Why should I enroll my child in COVID-19 testing?
Because school is better at school. Testing keeps kids in the classroom and parents free to work or support their families. It allows our whole community to get back to normal. Kids need normal. Parents definitely need more normal.

To be more specific, weekly testing allows for early detection of the virus so we can prevent outbreaks before they start. This allows schools to stay in control of the situation. PCR-based tests are especially good at detecting the virus 3-4 days before symptoms appear. It is like an early warning system. By catching it early, less students are exposed and have to quarantine. Secondly, the test-to-stay program allows exposed students stay in the classroom. Otherwise, parents have to take time off of work to watch their quarantined child at home. Lastly, some parents simply want their children tested. It is free, easy, and gives them peace of mind.

How does the testing work?

States, counties and schools all have a lot of flexibility in testing options. Below is an outline of the most popular approaches. Schools can participate in as many or as few as they want.

  1. Screening is a weekly preventative test available to all students and staff. Once a week, all participates will be sent to a central location, such as the gymnasium, during home room class for a quick 15 min test. Screening is probably the most highly recommended COVID-19 school testing program, according to the CDC, Rockefeller Foundation, and other expert groups. Why? Because it prevents the spread of the virus. The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” comes to mind.
  2. Test-to-stay is a program that allows students to remain in the classroom after being exposed to a positive case. The exposed student takes a COVID case each morning for 5 days following exposure. They can stay in class as long as the result is negative.
  3. Randomized means the school will randomly select a predetermined percent of the population for testing once a week week. It does not replace weekly testing or diagnostic testing, but gives schools and parents a pulse on what is going on. The percentage tested varies per situation but typical numbers range between 10-30%.
  4. Diagnostic testing refers to testing a sick student. If someone exhibits symptoms, they will go to a school nurse or other organized solution to take a test. This is the absolute lowest level of testing. It is reactive, not proactive, but nevertheless necessary to test spontaneous cases that pop up.
Does my child have to get tested to attend school in person?
No, COVID-19 tests are optional, although strongly encouraged. If you choose not to enroll your child in the program, they can still attend school in-person. The only exception is when your child is exposed to a positive COVID case. Exposed students that are not enrolled in testing must be quarantined at home. Students that are enrolled can continue attending school through the test-to-stay program. To enroll, the parent must approve the consent form. It takes 30 sec – 1 min.
Does my child have to get tested to take part in school sports and extracurricular activities?
It depends on the school and district. We are working with multiple counties and some require testing for athletes and others do not. Please note that not testing athletes can lead to quarantine situations for the team, which is disappointing to parents and passionate athletes, especially seniors and those seeking athletic scholarships. This situation has occurred already in the 2021-2022 school year. If you want your child to play sports uninterrupted, the best option is to enroll in testing.
When and where will the test be given?
It depends on the school and district. In many of our schools, participates go to the school gymnasium once a week for screening tests, or the nurses office for test-to-stay and/or diagnostic testing. Check with your school for details on the local set-up.
My child is fully vaccinated. Do they need to be tested to attend school in person?
No, current CDC guidance states that if your child is fully vaccinated, they do not need to be tested unless they develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19. Testing will be conducted in accordance with CDC testing guidance.
How much does the test cost? Will I get a bill or insurance charge for this?
The COVID-19 tests will be free to students and staff. Even some community members can participate in testing for free if they live with a student or school staff. You will never receive a bill, and your insurance will not be charged.
What is the test to stay program?
The state recently announced the test-to-stay program and it has gained popularity quickly. It allows exposed students to attend school instead of staying home in quarantine. To take advantage of this program the parent must sign the consent form, i.e. enroll, and the student is tested each morning for 5 days. Weekends and holidays are excluded.
How will the school protect my child’s privacy? If my child tests positive, will other students and parents know?
Tests results are private and protected by HIPAA laws. By enrolling your child for testing, it allows sharing result data with the state public health agency to track and report cases, the school to identify any local impact, and the parent. Close contacts may be notified if they were exposed so they can take other steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in your school community. Information sharing and notifying of contacts will be done in a way that protects your child’s privacy. The school will decide how to handle positive cases and manage communication but typically the positive student’s name is kept confidential and anonymous throughout the process. We have never seen a case where the child’s name was shared with a larger group.
What happens if my child tests positive? How long must they quarantine for?
They must quarantine for 10 days. Also, you may be asked to provide information about your child’s close contacts so that everyone who has been exposed can be notified.
If my child was exposed to another infected student, how long must they quarantine for?
For students not enrolled in testing, they must be quarantine for 10 days.

For students enrolled in testing, they do not have to quarentene as long as they are tested daily for 5 days, i.e. the test-to-stay program.

What counts as “exposed” to an infected student?
Being within 3 feet of the infected student for 15 min or more.
Can parents or family members get tested at the school?
Yes, anyone exhibiting symptoms that lives with the student in the same household qualifies for testing. If you wish to participate, come to the school during the regularly scheduled screening test and provide a HIPAA consent form. *Note: a “family member” refers to a group of two or more persons related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together.
How do I sign up my child for testing?
All you need to do is sign a consent form, just like if your child was going on a field trip. It is similar to the form you sign at almost every doctor’s visit. The school may have already provided it when the testing program started. If you did not receive one, please ask your school administrator for one or email clinical@eurofins.com for a copy.
Who performs the test? Will there be any physical contact with my child?
In most cases, students swab their own nose while a professional oversees the process. It is as simple as picking your nose. Even young children can safely and reliably swab themselves. In fact, kindergarteners are some of the best swabers. A classroom can complete testing in 10-15 min.

Staff will be present to proctor the test and offer help, if needed. Proctors can be school nurses, admin, or even medical professionals provided by the vendor. It varies by school and district.

I am the parent of a special needs child, do they need assistance with testing?

Our special children may need special assistance. We handle these situations on a case by case basis since each child is unique. Please contact your special education specialist or school administrator to discuss further.

Is the test uncomfortable or painful?
No, the test does not use the deep nasal swab that feels uncomfortable. We use a short swab that only goes a half inch into the nostril.
When and how will I receive the test result?
PCR results are delivered in 24 hours typically. Parents will receive an email with a link to a portal site to download the results.

Antigen tests will provide results in 15-30 minutes.

Will my child miss class to get tested?
Screening tests are typically scheduled during homeroom and only take a few minutes. It should not disrupt any class periods. The test-to-stay program typically aligns with homeroom as well. If your child feels sick and wants a diagnostic test, they may leave class in order to be tested. Diagnostic testing takes around 5-15 minutes.

Generally speaking, the process is quick and easy and should not significantly disrupt learning or free time/playtime.

Is the test reliable?
The Eurofins EUA approved assay (test) is >99% accurate. It was ranked #1 by the FDA in a reference panel of COVID-19 tests.

Antigen tests are about 80% accurate on the whole, but it varies by vendor. The simpliest way to think about it is: if you get a positive result on an antigen test, it is very reliable. If you get a negative result on an antigen test, you might want to get a PCR test. In fact, some states require a PCR follow-up test on negative antigen tests due to the chance of false negatives with antigen.

All that being said, nothing is 100% accurate. Tests can show a false negative or false positive, but most test results are useful and give families the information they need.

Can students or staff from other schools, outside of our school district, get tested here?

The state has approved the testing of community members under the guidelines of the program. A community member is anyone that lives with a student or staff member of the school. The intention is not to turn schools into test collection sites. These individuals must follow the standard process and fill out a consent form and HIPAA consent form to be tested.

 

 

 

Eurofins Genomics is a CAP Accredited and CLIA Certified Laboratory. All COVID-19 testing uses an internally developed FDA EUA approved assay, which is ranked amongst the best in the country by the FDA, and approved for ages 3 and up.

 

 

 

Members of the school community can participate in the school testing program for free, if they qualify. A community member is defined as anyone that lives with a student or staff member of the school. Although the state of Kentucky approved this expansion of the testing program, the intention is not to turn schools into test collection sites. Only members of the school community that exhibit symptoms should come for testing. All community members that wish to be tested must fill out a consent form to be tested.

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