Middle School PCR Testing Program
While District 97 continues to experience success with hybrid learning and its internal safety metrics, we are excited to launch a COVID-19 PCR testing program at our middle schools beginning in April 2021. Participation will be mandatory for all students who participate in on-site learning at Brooks and Julian for the duration of Trimester 3.
On-site students will be required to complete a PCR test the week before they come to school. If a student opted into on-site classes but is medically unable to be tested, they must provide a doctor’s note to their school nurse in order to be on site.
The testing program will launch for sixth-grade and seventh-grade students who will be on site starting Monday, April 12. The first testing days will be Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A separate email containing the registration link will be sent prior to those dates.
How Testing Will Work
- Both middle schools will host testing in their gymnasiums on Thursdays and Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Families will be emailed a link to register for their student’s appointment at the student’s respective school.
- Prior to the first week of testing, all families of on-site students must complete a one-time registration form for their student(s) to bring to their appointment. The registration forms are linked below (please download and complete):
- Students will be able to choose between two PCR tests: a nasal swab or an oral rinse. The preferred and customary PCR specimen collection method is the simple nasal swab, however the alternate option of an oral rinse is being provided for consideration. The selection should be indicated on the consent form prior to the appointment (see below).
All families of on-site students must complete the COVID-19 Testing Authorization and Consent Form each week of testing. The consent form will be sent to families via email as a fillable PDF, which must be printed and brought to the appointment. We will also have stacks of consent forms available on site.
- Students are required to bring their school IDs AND the consent form to their appointments.
- Northshore Clinical Labs will report individual results to parents via phone and email. Results will be shared with middle school principals via a secure report every Sunday. The principals will work in conjunction with their respective school nurses to connect with families whose students had a positive test result.
Important Information for Families
- There is no cost for District 97 families. Northshore Clinical Labs shall bill an individual’s insurance for the COVID test and will not be seeking any payments (no fees or co-pay). For uninsured individuals, Northshore Clinical Labs shall seek reimbursement from the state (through the CARES Act), and similarly there is no out-of-pocket cost to families.
- Parents do not need to be present during the student’s appointment, but they are required to complete the consent form on behalf of their child and initially complete this form.
- Steps required for on-site families:
- Complete the initial PCR testing registration form (linked above) prior to the first testing appointment.
- Register students for appointments according to the testing schedule.
- Complete the COVID-19 Testing Authorization and Consent Form prior to every appointment. If the form cannot be printed at home, parents/guardians should complete the form on site.
About Northshore Clinical Labs
Northshore Clinical Labs is a high-complexity diagnostic lab located on the northwest side of Chicago that has been working with the Illinois Department of Public Health, communities and municipalities to broaden access to reliable testing supplies and services. Northshore Clinical Labs has developed an effective surveillance testing program that is being utilized by numerous school districts, community colleges and private schools throughout the state.