DATE COVID-19 Testing
Moderna and Pfizer Vaccines
FAMILY GUIDELINES AND RESOURCES
D.A.T.E. will begin onsite COVID Testing beginning February 1st . We want to make sure that you children and our staff are safe and that we can certainly mitigate the exposure of COVID and its variances. Below, are some reasons why we think it’s important for ongoing testing:
We are offering the school COVID-19 testing program as an additional layer to the protocols we have been taking to ensure that staff and students are as safe as possible.
Regular COVID-19 testing can quickly detect individuals positive with COVID-19. This will help us lower the risk of transmission in schools and allow us to have more consistent in-person instruction.
Schools that have implemented testing programs have done so smoothly with minimal interruptions to teaching and learning.
- The test is fast, easy, and painless.
Q: Is this mandatory for school districts/schools?
A: No, this is an opt-in program for school districts/schools.
Q: Will the schools be required to pay for the turn-key testing solution?
A: No, DPH has secured contracts for this.
Q: Can a school opt-in to both athletics and school testing?
A: Yes. Keep in mind, the athletics testing is only for high schools.
Q: Can vaccinated individuals participate?
A: Vaccinated individuals may participate in the program.
Q: If a district/school opts-in, can students/parents opt-out?
A: Yes. This is an opt-in program for the schools and the students – it is the parents’ choice to opt-in or not.
Q: Can a school that opts-in leave the program if the transmission levels fall below the recommended level for screening?
A: Yes. The school chooses when the testing will occur.
Q: Our school district has chosen to not enroll, but our school would like to enroll – is this acceptable?
A: Yes, please see below on how to enroll.
Temperature checks will be conducted daily for everyone entering DATE’s buildings. Individuals with a temperature over 100.4°F are not permitted on campus. Medication may not be given to reduce or mask a fever.
Key Messages for Students and Families
School COVID-19 testing is one more layer of protection that helps us attend school in person safely, keep our school open, and allow our kids doing the activities they love – safely.
Regular COVID-19 testing can quickly detect, trace, and isolate COVID-19 positive individuals. This will help us lower the risk of transmission and allow us to have more consistent in-person instruction.
Testing is quick and easy and is not painful or invasive
Participating in the testing program is free (it is recommended that schools use available resources to make testing programs available to educators, staff, students and families at no cost to them)
The program is strongly encouraged to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community (note. some schools mandate participation for all in-person learning, for after-school sports and other activities, or create an opt-out system)
Guardians need to sign a one-time consent form for their students to participate in the school COVID-19 testing program
The testing process is fast, easy, and does not hurt. Here are some video examples. We recommend you use one of these or create your own featuring a school leader or student