Staff At-Home testing for COVID-19 - Opt-In and Positive Result Reporting
In accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), our district is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program, effective January 28, 2022 We are opting in to an at-home testing program that will increase testing of our participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about this update to the statewide testing program, please click here.
The at-home testing option will begin the week of January 31, 2022. In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with symptomatic testing during the week. As part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing Test and Stay and contact tracing for in-school close contacts. This means that if you are a potential contact in school, you may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in through the online form will receive tests. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor.
COVID-19 Testing Programs in our Schools:
- At-Home Rapid Antigen Testing on the day of your choice Monday-Friday. Click here for the opt-in form.
Overview: At-Home Rapid Testing Program
- About the Test: iHealth is a 15-minute at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test
- Opt-In: To participate, you must opt in by completing this online opt-in form. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration and to report positive test results.
- Weekly: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit in your mailbox. Each kit contains two individual tests. You will administer one test each week on the day of your choice.
- Reporting Positive Test Results: If you test positive on an at-home antigen test, you will report the positive result using the online positive test reporting form as well as notifying both your school nurse and building principal. The district will keep the results confidential and will not make individual results public. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result.
- Easy, Free, and Flexible: This test is administered at home (not at school), reducing the burden on school staff and time to administer tests and increasing your flexibility to do testing in the home for free.