Good Morning Wolf Canyon Families,
When the district moved to group tracking for positive cases there were concerns, all throughout the district, about the fact that the required negative test results weren’t required to be submitted. Because of those concerns, the district has implemented a new protocol. If you receive an exposure letter from the school your child will still need to be tested on days 3, 4, or 5 AFTER the last date of exposure listed in the letter. Information about the results of the test (home, antigen, or PCR) must then be logged here https://forms.office.com/r/uzEF13QrRE. The district COVID team will continually track that information provided, cross-reference the various lists they have, and reach out to families that haven’t submitted results.
Weekly Testing Update:
We are excited to announce that our weekly testing will begin next Wednesday. Covid Clinic has done a walkthrough of the school with us and is confident that they will be able to test our entire school in one day. To date, we have almost 400 students that have signed up for the optional weekly testing. One of the advantages of the weekly testing is that if you receive an exposure letter from the school your child does not have to worry about going to get a test at a test site or take an antigen test at home. *See asterisk below for one exception to this rule.
What does that look like at school? And, what are the details?
- Each week, the team of medical professionals will verify all enrolled participants the day prior to our testing day, Wednesday. *** If you haven’t signed up yet, please click the following link (COVID CLINIC LINK). The most important part of the enrollment process is to hit the “order first test” on the final page. This step simply sends confirmation of the request to the team so they can print labels. If you haven’t selected the order first test yet, simply log back into the account you created and select this option (you will only have to do this one time).
- The team will print labels for Wolf Canyon on Tuesday afternoon (that means if you haven’t signed up yet, you have until noon on 2/15 to sign up in order to be included in the first round of testing).
- They will arrive on Wednesdays beginning first thing in the morning and will travel to each classroom beginning at 9:00.
- The tests that are administered are the PCR tests. This is important because, unlike the antigen test, it doesn’t require a fifteen-minute wait time in each class, and allows the testers to swab each registered student efficiently. The testers have shared that they are averaging between 7-10 minutes per class (depending on the number of students enrolled in the testing.
- When done, the results will be sent off to the lab, and the results will be sent directly to the email/phone number used to register the account.
- If the test is negative you aren’t required to do anything. If the results are positive you can continue to send those results to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com. You would then follow the protocols that have been in place for the last few months. As always, if you have questions, please reach out to us or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All staff, regardless of vaccination status, is required to test weekly.
*If your child has enrolled in the weekly testing, and has had COVID in the last ninety days (we will have a list of students prior to each testing day) they will not be given a PCR test because it may still show a positive result. This means if you fall into this category and receive an exposure letter you will still need to get an antigen test on days 3, 4, or 5 and submit the results using the form linked above. After the ninety-day window has passed your child will then be able to test weekly with the PCR.
Finally, here is a link to a COVID FAQ (Link). It contains a great deal of information and can be useful when navigating questions that may arise.
Casey and Mary Margaret