School Site Surveillance Testing Scheduling/Elem & K-8
Elementary & K-8 Principals –
We are starting to schedule weekly routine surveillance testing for all students & staff who are not fully vaccinated. We are building readiness for when all non-vaccinated individuals are required to COVID test on a routine and regular basis.
Please fill out the survey link here to begin the scheduling process: Surveillance Testing Scheduling Form
After submitting this form, we will reach out to confirm your assigned day/time and other required details.
Surveillance Testing FAQs:
- Once started – the team will come on the same day/time so they will get to know the routine. The team will arrive with all the supplies needed for the testing event.
- Only 1 type of testing is conducted during regular, routine surveillance testing: pending supplies the rapid antigen test will be used for this type of testing. PCR tests may be used if we are running low on rapid antigen tests.
- On average a class of 24 students takes approximately 30 minutes to test
We will need support from the site for the following. See the Principal Toolkit 21-22 – Surveillance Testing Resources google folder for further information:
- Communications to families (sample provided)
- Create a schedule for pulling classes that fits around recess/prep periods (see sample schedule the Surveillance Testing Resource folder)
- Identify a location for testing
- Provide class rosters and cards with students name/DOB for easy identification
- Staff to coordinate a system to bring classes to the testing location.
From Nov-Jan we will continue to identify students & staff that must participate in regular and routine surveillance testing. These include the following:
- students under 12 who are not yet required to be vaccinated
- students 12+ and staff who are not fully vaccinated.
These individuals will be required to register consent for testing by the second semester. If an individual refuses to consent for testing or provide testing results, they will be offered other learning options.
Health Services is working on a system to document testing registration in IC – more information to come.