Now that school buildings are open for in-person instruction and learning, our goal is to keep them open. To do that, we are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to test and contact tracing across the District. Students and staff will participate in batch (or pool) testing.
Pooling—sometimes referred to as batch or pool testing or pooled testing—means combining respiratory samples from several people and conducting one laboratory test on the combined pool of samples to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Batch/pool testing provides for protection of personally identifiable information for each individual. If further confirmatory testing is required, every individual’s information will be protected throughout the process, including during contact tracing as we work to minimize the spread.
If a batch comes back positive
Secondary Students: Each individual in a classroom with a positive batch result will quarantine until they have tested COVID negative or have completed their quarantine.
Elementary Students: The students in the classroom will be quarantined for 14 days unless the batch contains samples from two classrooms. In that case, if all students in one of the classrooms can show a negative confirmatory test, that classroom will not need to quarantine for the entire 14 day period (and can return on the day following the last confirmatory test verification).
Staff members who are not fully vaccinated and are included in a positive batch need to quarantine for 14 days.
Staff members who are fully vaccinated and are included in a positive batch test need to quarantine until they receive a negative test, administered a minimum of five days after the batch test. This will allow for verification that the staff member is/is not the positive in the batch test
Staff members who are fully vaccinated who opt out of the batch testing do not need to quarantine, even if they had close contact to the positive individual (within 6 feet of a positive student for 15+ minutes).
If there is a positive COVID case identified outside of district testing (e.g. – parent referral)
Secondary Students: The students who have a suspected close contact with the positive individual will follow protocols in the Suspected Close Contact Process:
- When a positive confirmatory test is reported (at secondary schools):
- The school will identify, and communicate with, students who are are suspected to have had close contact with the positive individual (in all classes other than in which the batch test was performed and on the school bus)
- In order to return to the classroom these identified students must quarantine for five days and then either:
a. Present a negative confirmatory test, or
b. Quarantine for the full 14 days
Elementary Students: The students assigned to classroom will be quarantined for 14 days.
Staff members who are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact (within 6 feet of a positive student for 15+ minutes) need to quarantine for 14 days.
Staff members who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine, even if they have had close contact with a positive student (within 6 feet of a positive student for 15+ minutes).
- How do you define "fully vaccinated"?
- How often will the batch/pool testing be done?
- How many students will be tested per day?
- Is there a cost to families for the batch/pool testing? If so, how much?
- Why does the district want our insurance information?
- Is there a cost for the confirmatory testing to the families? If so, what is the cost to families?
- If a child’s cohort does have a positive test and a child quarantines for the required 14 days will they still be required to provide a confirmatory test?
- Are students who are fully vaccinated exempt from quarantine requirements in the case of a positive batch test?
- The article you sent from the CDC seems to say only those who are exhibiting symptoms should be tested. Is the link you shared correct or should I check a different article?
- Why are Kindergarten and 1st grade students not being tested?
- Why is the District allowing people to opt out of testing without a medical / sensory issue reason?
- Do I need to fill out the consent for batch testing if my student is over 18?
- How many students are in a batch and is a batch made up of only students within the same classroom?
- My child has already had COVID and according to all medical professionals is immune. Is there an automatic cohort exemption for children that have had COVID already?
- If we opt out of Covid testing at the school will my child be allowed to continue to attend in person? If not will she be mandated to only do virtual in the 2021/22 school year?
- Will covid testing continue throughout the 2021/22 school year?
- Which covid test are you using — The Rapid test or the more invasive PCR tests?
- When completing health-checks at work, restaurants, etc., how do we navigate the question "Is anyone in your home waiting on a covid-19 test result?"
- Using Cohort A as an example, what is the timeline for individual testing if there is a positive batch result?
- If we can immediately show a negative test for our student, why do they have to quarantine for 14 days?
- Is batch testing for all students or just for students engaged in in-person learning?
- What is the study plan during the quarantine period?
- Why do we need to test at middle and high school levels?
- How are the third parties involved in batch testing handling student information?
- Why are we quarantining classrooms if students are kept six feet apart?
- What is the justification for quarantining the entire elementary classroom that contains a positive batch or a positive case for 14 days?
- What happens if a student in Remote Learning gets gets a positive COVID-19 test? Do they have to inform the school about it? If yes, what action will the school take?
- Where should I send a copy of my child's vaccination verification?
- Can my child opt out of batch testing in the school building but still participate in the athletic batch testing?
- If my child's batch test from athletic testing comes back positive, can he attend practice/games and/or in-person class if we get a private testing that shows he is negative?
- Will students who already get tested for sports on Wednesday also have to get tested at school?
- Why are quarantine periods different for batch testing in the schools and batch testing for athletics?
- Does my athlete need to participate in batch testing if they are fully vaccinated?