PCR At-Home Testing Kits Available
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January 20, 2022
As COVID numbers continue to climb, District 31 continues to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID to meet our goal of keeping students in school, in person, in the safest environment possible. As an additional layer of screening, we have partnered with Ravinia Health to offer PCR test kits with laboratory analysis for students who wish to test at home. Tests will be sent home today, January 13, to all students who are opted in to Shield testing. If a student has had Covid in the last 90 days, they should not receive a test. If a student has been opted out of Shield testing, they should also not receive a testing kit. Details about PCR At-Home Testing are outlined below. We are working with Ravinia Health to make this a weekly opportunity for our families. This test is an additional opportunity for families that allows the district to provide two weekly tests. Shield testing will continue at school.
PCR At-Home Testing
District 31 is sending home weekly PCR Testing kits with all students opted in for COVID testing. Follow the Step by Step Self Screening Guide and return the completed specimen tube in the biohazard bag to school the following day. Winkelman specimens will be collected in class. Field specimens will be collected in the collection box as they enter school. If you choose not to administer the test, please have your child bring the unopened test back to school.
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Families will receive an email from O'Hare Clinical Lab when the results are available with instructions on how to access results. District administrators and health staff will also have access to student and staff results.
Given the lack of access to home testing kits and the long lines or limited appointments at testing centers, we hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity. Please continue to report positive cases to the school nurse.
If you have questions about the test kits or online access to results, you can contact our testing partner Ravinia Health visit https://www.raviniahealth.com/contact.html.