October 8, 2021
Hello, I hope all is well and the school year, as usual, is flying by. This letter is in regard to COVID-19 student testing, which is voluntary only and is not required. We will begin testing the week of November 1. Please read this letter carefully so you fully understand the process.
If you would like your child(ren) tested please fill out the 2021-22 COVID-19 Student Testing Consent Form on our website by Sunday, October 17. It is located on the top of the site in the reopening section. We will not be taking submissions after that date. We have to ensure we have enough test kits and scheduling time to accomplish this task and need to know the exact numbers by October 17.
The testing will take place on a weekly basis and will be conducted at the Nellis Complex. A video of how the test will be administered is on the Testing Consent Form. This is a saliva test which collects a sample from a swab in the front of the mouth.
In order to test you must be able to do the following:
- Have a working email that is checked on a regular basis for information on testing. All information will be sent via email regarding weekly testing. It will not come from a phone call or a letter.
- Bring your child(ren) to the Nellis Parking Lot at the Middle School at 7:25 am on Monday if you are selected to test
- Register online and complete weekly testing registrations prior to the test date through the Quadrant website(organization that we are using). If you do sign up we will send you information on how to register via email.
- If you do not have a registration on the day of the test you cannot test.
- If you do not show up for the test we will take your child(ren) off the list until we are contacted.
- Just a note, your child(ren) may have to quarantine if a group/pool is positive until we receive the results. The testing analysis is done in groups or pools at the testing facility and if a positive occurs in a group/pool the samples are retested at the facility to find the positive case.
The response we receive will dictate whether we test everyone or a random sampling weekly. We will let you know the result after we receive all of the submissions. As you can imagine this is a large undertaking and we need everyone’s cooperation and understanding of the process prior to the start of the testing program. The idea is to get through the process each week as quickly as we can without interruption or delay. For example, if we do not have an active registration for a test, we cannot stop the testing
line while you re register; we will have you retest at a later date with a new registration. Please make sure you understand the process above and the information on the consent form as well.
If you have any further questions please contact our COVID Coordinator, Mrs. Kari Scalzo at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dr. Nick Fitzgerald
Superintendent of Schools