• Return to School COVID-19 Testing Options: Updated (3/29/22)

    In this ever-changing pandemic, we realize the importance of flexibility and clear communication. Therefore, we would like to offer parents an additional option for COVID-19 testing. 

    There are 3 ways it is recommended for your child to return to school when the school nurse determines a COVID-19 test is indicated: 

    • NEW Revised 3/30/22: Home Antigen Test:
      1. If the school nurse determines your child has one or more COVID-19 symptoms and needs to be sent home, 2 free home rapid antigen test kits will be provided by the school, upon request. It is recommended for parents to help their child to take the first test immediately. The second test must be taken at least 24 hours and no more than 48 hours from the first test. Your child may return to school the following day with one negative test result if the following criteria are met:
        1. The symptoms have resolved or are resolving
        2. Your child has been fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for the last 24 hours
        3. Your child does not meet any other of our criteria for exclusion (vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours, etc)
        4.  Even if the above criteria are met, we still need 2 home antigen tests performed.  We are requesting parents to  take a picture of each of the two negative results (or only one if positive) and email them to the school nurse. 
          1. *Example:  The school nurse calls you on Wednesday at 11am to let you know your child is ill and meets criteria for COVID-19 testing requirement.  If you need test kits, ask the school nurse to send them home with your child.  Test your child when they get home.  If they are negative they can return to school the next day as long as their symptoms are resolving and they meet other criteria for returning to school.  When your child gets home from school on Thursday, you can administer the second test.  As long as the symptoms are resolving, this concludes the rule out of COVID19. 
      2. To identify the result, please write your child’s name and DOB on a piece of paper under each test kit and make sure this information is visible in the picture. Please email the results to the school nurse.
      3. Please review the following instructions and links with video modeling of how to administer the school issued home test.
    1. Laboratory performed Antigen test (one test)
      1. Please send in a copy/picture of lab result
    2. PCR test (Rapid or conventional/send-out) (one test)
      1. Please send in a copy/picture of the lab result.

    If your child tests positive on any COVID-19 test, you should immediately report the results to the school health office, fill out the Covid-19 Positive google form on the District website, and ensure your child begins isolating.

    • All children who test positive must isolate for a minimum of five days.
    • After completing the isolation period, your child does not need a negative test to return to school.
    • All children who return to school after isolation must wear a mask on day 6 through 10.

    Please note that children who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 90 days may need to be sent home due to other illness, however, will not receive COVID-19 test kits and may return to school when symptoms resolve (i.e. fever free for 24 hours, 24 hours since last vomit, 24 hours after starting antibiotics, etc). For further details, please discuss with the school nurse.