COVID-19 Testing at USD 261

COVID-19 tests are available at no cost for USD 261 students and staff. You will need to complete the "Consent for COVID-19 Testing Form" and the "Request to Receive COVID-19 Test" before testing can be done.

CLOSE CONTACTS: Students and staff who have been identified as a close contact will need to complete the "Close Contact COVID-19 Form" where you will choose between 3 quarantine options; In-School Quarantine, 7 Day Quarantine, or 10 Day Quarantine. Those who choose In-School Quarantine, can stay in school by participating in daily testing, provided that the student/staff member receives negative daily test results. Anyone choosing to participate is REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK at school for the duration of their "In-School Quarantine" time per direction from county health departments. Those who refuse, will not be able to return to school until their quarantine period is over. To see more information about the quarantine options for close contacts, click HERE.



Health and SafetyFAQ's

Who is eligible to be tested?

  • Students/Staff/Family Members who are close contacts, ill, or would like to be tested.

How do I sign up for a test?

  • The permission form can be completed online by clicking HERE or one of the waiver buttons above. For students, a parent or guardian must fill out the form. The form can be filled out at any time. Parents/guardians will be notified before a test is performed.

What type of tests are provided?

  • The Binax-NOW COVID-19 Ag test is a rapid test that provides results within 15 minutes. This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus.
  • The Yale SalivaDirect test is a PCR test and will provide results in approximately 36 hours. This test detects RNA (or genetic material) that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms.

How are the tests performed?

  • For rapid testing, a cotton swab is inserted into each nostril at a depth of less than 1 inch. The swab is then rotated to obtain a sample from each nostril.
  • For the PCR test, a saliva sample is collected.

What happens if the rapid test or PCR test is positive?

  • If the test is positive, a 10-day isolation period is required. During this time the student/staff member should say home and away from others. This may be extended if symptoms have not improved. Symptoms must also be improved for 3 days prior to return to school or work. All household members will also need to go home in order to quarantine.

What happens if the rapid test is negative?

  • If the rapid test is negative, a PCR test will used. If the PCR test is negative, the student or staff member may be able to return to work or school. Some symptoms will require the student or staff member to stay home until they improve.

What if I give permission and my student does not want to be tested?

  • We will not force any student to be tested. If the student is not willing to be tested, a test will not be performed.