COVID Related Absences
Masking & Antigen Testing FAQ
This test detects an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the illness COVID-19. This test looks for antigens, which are protein markers found on the outside of a SARS-CoV-2 virus. The test is performed on a sample that is taken by swabbing the inside of both nostrils. The test is not painful and the swab does not extend to the back of the nostril. It is self-administered.
Daily while school is in session.
If the choice is made to have the antigen testing, then the student must agree to wear a mask for 7-10 days. Otherwise option 2 or 3 from the above list should be chosen.
As a close contact in quarantine using the antigen test to stay in school, only students who wear a mask for the 7-10 days are eligible. In the case of a medical exemption, option 2 or 3 should be chosen.
Our school nurse will be overseeing all testing. Trained individuals on our staff will be coordinating the testing. The actual nose swab will be self-administered or parent administered (for younger children).
In the high school conference room or the family vehicle.
The antigen test results are available within 15-30 minutes.
You will receive a phone call.
For appointments, any non-driving student must have one parent accompany them for the duration of the test.
You will be called by our school nurse as soon as possible. If option 1 is chosen, we will test your student when we receive written parental permission. If negative, they will be allowed to stay at school and be required to wear a mask. Students will NOT be tested without prior written parental authorization.
Yes, each building will be assessed based on COVID-related absenteeism and may be on different levels (red, yellow, or green).