Dear Triton Parent/Guardian,
As the pandemic has continued to evolve, so too has our response to ensuring we do everything possible to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
I am writing to let you know that, in accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), we will be updating our District COVID-19 Testing Program, effective the week of Monday, February 7, 2022. This new testing program will provide all students and staff who opt into the program weekly rapid tests that will be administered at home on Wednesday of each week. For more detailed information about this update to the statewide testing program, please click here to view information on the DESE site.
We strongly encourage all families to opt into this program as it will increase the amount of available testing for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. The at-home testing option will begin as of Wednesday, February 9th for students. In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will also continue with symptomatic testing in school. More information is included below.
As part of this shift in the testing protocol, we are discontinuing contact tracing for in school contact with a positive individual, and the associated Test and Stay program we had in place for in school close contacts. This means that if your child is a potential contact in school, they 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 using the form below will receive the rapid antigen tests. The option to join this testing program will be ongoing and you can join at any time, but I strongly encourage you to fill out the form by THIS Monday, January 31, 2022 in order to begin receiving tests that will be sent home with your child starting on Wednesday, February 9th.
To participate, you must opt in by completing the online form at https://forms.gle/7tneA7zzArB7A83o9.
PROGRAM DETAILS: (Effective February 7, 2022)
NOTE: We will continue with our symptomatic testing program, available to all students and staff who become symptomatic while in school. This testing option remains unchanged from the protocols we’ve used all year, so be sure to fill out the required consent if you would like your child to participate. Consent can be provided electronically on the CiC Health website by clicking here.
Overview: NEW At-Home Rapid Testing Program
About the Test: The iHealth test is a 15-minute at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test
Opt-In: To participate, you must opt in by completing the online form at https://forms.gle/7tneA7zzArB7A83o9. Complete by Jan 31st to begin the week of February 7th. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration, report positive test results to your student’s school, and administer the tests according to these guidelines as provided to you.
Delivery: Every two weeks on Wednesday your child will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit sent home with them. Each kit contains two individual tests. The tests will be sent home every other Wednesday with all students who have opted into the program as of that date, and a reminder message will be emailed to everyone to remind families to look for the test with their child(ren). One test will be used the night they are sent home, and the other test is to be used the following Wednesday.
Testing: The tests will be administered for your student, using one test each week on Wednesday evening.
Reporting Positive Test Results: If your student tests positive on an at-home antigen test or on a PCR done through a provider, you will inform their school of the positive result using this link https://forms.gle/17vdm5Hr95MXZ6v26. You can also call your child’s school nurse with questions, but we request that all positive results get reported through this form to ensure accuracy. Negative results do not need to be reported! The school 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 the time required to administer tests and increasing a family’s flexibility to do testing in the home for free.
How do I administer the test?
Click here for a full “how to” written guide in various languages
Click here for a video of an individual self-testing
As always, if there are any questions about the district’s participation in this optional new testing program in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. If there are any medical questions about the tests or results, please contact your child’s school nurse directly.
Thank you for your continued partnership.