Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What type of COVID test is used in the pooled testing? 
    A: A PCR nasal swab is used in the pooled testing.

    Q: How are pooled groups identified? By classroom? By cohort? 
    A: By classroom, in most cases. Some classrooms may be combined if the numbers are low (not to exceed 25 total). The groups are logged by the testing coordinators according to the database sheet.

    Q: If a batch comes back with a positive result (or more than one), what is the process to identify individuals who tested positive?   
    A: The emailed communication comes to a designated administrator's email, with immediate notification to the school principal. The school will notify parents in that pool that their children will be antigen tested on that day. (Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday)

    Q: Can the rest of the participants in the batch attend school as the identification/narrowing process unfolds? 
    A: Yes.

    Q: What is the expected timing?
    A: Under 48 hours.

    Q: How does follow up testing occur in the event of a positive result in the batch?
    A: Rapid antigen testing at the school.

    Q: What is the protocol for siblings?
    A: Unvaccinated – quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days with negative COVID test results from a test done between day 3-5.

    Q: Will all testing occur outside?
    A: Currently, all testing is scheduled to occur outdoors under tented locations.

    Q: Who will supervise swabbing? 
    A: Testing coordinators (nurses/medically trained staff). 

    Q: Will swabbing assistance be available? If so, from whom? 
    A: Children will be guided in swabbing, but will not be assisted.

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