Rapid Testing Opt In

At the August 15, 2022 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the health and safety protocols that are part of District 34’s opening plan. You can find the protocols, as well as frequently asked questions, on the website; the protocols also are summarized in Board Briefs.

District 34 will no longer offer weekly SHIELD testing for students and staff, as updated guidance from the CDC (affirmed by the Illinois Department of Public Health) no longer recommends screening testing. However, a key area of the protocols includes the availability of rapid antigen testing in schools to rule out COVID-19 if a staff member or student develops new symptoms, unrelated to a known existing condition, while at school. Rapid testing will allow those who test negative to return to class with limited interruption. To facilitate a quick return to class for symptomatic students, the District encourages parents to opt into rapid antigen testing through PowerSchool.  

PowerSchool Parent Portal screen showing where to complete the Rapid Opt In for your student(s)

After you log in, click on the COVID19 (22-23) icon in the left navigation bar. Scroll down the page and select you option:

  • I consent to allow my child to participate in COVID-19 testing
  • I do not consent. My child will not participate in COVID-19 testing

The District is awaiting approval of our Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification for the rapid antigen tests. Antigen testing in school will be available as soon as the District has approval of the CLIA waiver and receives the shipment from IDPH, which we expect to be on or around August 30. Until that time, those who experience new symptoms can provide a negative result of an at-home rapid antigen test, which you can find, free of charge through most insurance plans, at a local pharmacy. In addition, Ravinia PCR tests will be available if preferred. Symptomatic students should remain at home until test results are received.

Isolation for those who test positive begins on the day symptoms appear. They can return on day six, if they wear a mask on days 6-10. 

Remote Learning
When students are not in school due to COVID-19, grade center teachers (GCTs) at each level (K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) will provide remote instruction and/or other support. In addition, the GCTs will work with classroom teachers to ensure students receive grade-appropriate, independent work. One-way Zoom classroom instruction will be provided for students in grades 6-8 (Zoom instruction is not available with substitute teachers.)
It may take up to 24 hours to begin remote learning for a student out due to COVID-19.   
We appreciate your partnership in helping us meet our goal to keep all students, in person, every day, in the safest environment possible.

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