COVID-19 POOLED TESTING
We are very excited to share that our district has been accepted into the Covid-19 Pooled Testing Program and will begin Covid-19 Testing at our schools the week of March 1st. It is another tool to help to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our school community. See below for more information and registration.
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We hope that you will consider your child being a part of this program!
For additional help, Project Beacon has created an FAQ for Parents for K-12 Pooled Testing,
or contact Leah Zippin at email@example.com.
What is Pooled Testing?
In pooled testing, swabs from “pools” of 10 people are mixed together and tested. If the pool is negative, then all individuals in that pool are ‘clear’ and may continue to attend classes or their work at the school. If the pool is flagged as positive, then we know that there is at least one individual in that group who is positive for COVID-19. That positive pool will be individually retested using the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test to determine who is actually positive for COVID-19.
Why are we Pool Testing?
The goal of regular COVID-19 testing in schools is to quickly identify cases before they become outbreaks. When used alongside other mitigation strategies, like distancing and face masks, testing creates an additional level of reassurance that it is safe to keep schools open with students and teachers in the classroom in person.
How often will my child(ren) be tested?
Pool tests will be conducted once per week. Parents will be notified if their child’s pool tests positive and will also be notified of the follow-up rapid test results.
How is the test performed?
How to do a nasal swab by a 2nd grader:
How do I sign up my child(ren)?
In addition, we are also going to use the BinaxNOW antigen tests for symptomatic testing of students who appear sick during the school day. As this is a separate process, we require a separate consent form be signed. To register your student for both programs, you will need to create two profiles in order to sign the separate consent forms.
Here are instructions to get your child set up on the Project Beacon platform.
Note: If you already have a Project Beacon account (for the public test sites or any other site) please go to www.beacontesting.com and log out of it now. If you click the link below while already logged in, you will get an error message.
When you click each link below, you will be prompted to create a Project Beacon account, or log in if you already have one. This link automatically adds your child to the appropriate Testing Program. Remember, each link is for a different program and you will have to create two profiles to consent to both of the programs.
Monson High School - Pooled Testing (Code VRMJJZ)
Monson High School - Symptomatic Testing (Code ROGPKF)
Granite Valley School - Pooled Testing (Code NIIWPZ)
Granite Valley School - Symptomatic Testing (Code BIXXXK)
ECC at Quarry Hill Community School - Pooled Testing (Code OAILYT)
ECC at Quarry Hill Community School - Symptomatic Testing (Code ECJJGH)
Please note: The Profile should be for your student. If you find yourself typing in your own
name or birthday, this is incorrect.