Beginning today, Monday, April 12, HCPSS will offer a voluntary K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program that will provide free COVID-19 tests for students and school-based staff who develop COVID-like symptoms or are identified as close contacts while they are in a school building. Parents/guardians should not send their children to school, and staff should not report to work if they are presenting COVID-like symptoms.
The program includes two components:
Students age 18 years or older are considered “eligible students” and must provide consent by completing the steps below or filling out and returning a print consent form for the disclosure of their education records or personally identifiable information contained therein. Print consent forms also are available in each school's health room. Completed forms should be returned to the school nurse or health assistant. Parents may not change permission values for these students.
In addition, HCPSS will offer free weekly self-collection, saliva-based PCR tests to students participating in organized school sports or club activities for surveillance testing. The program is voluntary and consent is required.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Testing Program are available online.