COVID-19 Testing Program
On Monday, August 9, 2021, the Board of Education approved the Plan to Resume In-Person Learning for the 2021-22 School Year. As part of this plan, a COVID-19 testing program will be implemented for students.
As shared in an email sent by the District on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, all students and staff will be required to take a COVID-19 test between August 18-20, 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Testing will be facilitated during a student’s physical education class. Students not enrolled in a physical education course can visit the testing room at any time from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Glenbrook High School District 225 has partnered with the University of Illinois to test students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection. This notice provides information about the program to allow informed consent for your child to participate in the testing program.
By not opting out of the testing program as described below, consent for your child to be tested for COVID-19 infection is presumed. To opt-out of the testing program, please see the section below titled, “Can I opt-out of testing?”
What is the test?
The SHIELD Illinois test is a free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus conducted by collecting saliva (spit). The test was developed by the University of Illinois and has been made available at no charge to all schools in Illinois by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Below are resources that provide additional information about the SHIELD Illinois test:
- SHIELD Illinois FAQs
- SHIELD Illinois Information Security and Privacy Statement
- SHIELD Illinois Fact Sheet for Patients
As a reminder, test participants should not eat or brush their teeth 45 minutes prior to the test.
How often will your child be tested?
We are arranging for our testing partner (Passport Health) to test all students between August 18 and 19, 2021 during a student’s physical education class. A testing make-up date is scheduled on August 20, 2021.
All students and staff will have the ability to test weekly. Students participating in athletics and other high-risk activities will be required to test weekly. These activities include:
- All In-Season Athletic Teams
- Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra
- Theatre / Drama / Crew
- Dance Activities
Information regarding testing times and locations for the week of August 23, 2021 will be shared in the near future.
Can I opt-out of testing?
For students participating in high-risk activities, weekly testing is required regardless of vaccination status. Students that opt-out of testing will not be permitted to participate in high-risk activities.
All other students are permitted to opt-out of testing by submitting a completed opt-out form. Completed forms should be brought to the testing room when the student’s physical education class is scheduled for testing.
Can I submit a test result from my own doctor?
Yes. Students may submit test results from their doctor as long as the test result is documented on an official correspondence from a licensed medical professional. In addition, test results can be dropped off in the testing room at each school on any designated testing day.
How will I know if my student tests positive?
The school district will receive the results of your student’s test and will notify you separately of any positive results. Results will be received within 24 hours of the testing day.
What should I do when I receive positive test results?
If your student’s test results are positive, please contact your student’s doctor immediately to review the test results and discuss the next steps. You may not send your student back to school without a note from your student’s doctor that indicates your student is no longer positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Tests sometimes produce incorrect negative results called “false negatives” in people who have COVID-19. Therefore, if your student tests negative but has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have concerns about your student’s exposure to COVID-19, you should contact your student’s doctor.
Who will receive my student’s test results?
In addition to you receiving your student’s test results, the school district and the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) will also receive your student’s test results, consistent with IDPH guidance and the Illinois Control of Communicable Disease Code.
Do I need to take any other action?
No other action is required if you consent for your student to be tested for COVID-19 infection pursuant to the above terms. To opt out of the testing program, please submit a completed opt-out form.