Friday, August 27, 2021
As previously shared, District 57 will be partnering with the University of Illinois to conduct optional weekly COVID-19 screening testing for students and staff members. SHIELD Illinois specializes in helping schools use the University of Illinois’ COVID test as part of an early screening protocol. SHIELD is a non-invasive test that will allow us to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic staff and students, which will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.
The SHIELD test is a highly accurate PCR test that requires only a small amount of saliva from an individual and provides results within 24 hours. The test takes less than a minute to complete. To learn more about how Shield may look for your child, please view this video
District 57 plans to implement SHIELD testing starting mid-September as an additional layer of safety within our schools. Testing will take place weekly at each school and at no cost to families. SHIELD testing is strongly encouraged but is optional. Testing is available for unvaccinated and vaccinated students and staff. Parents/guardians of vaccinated students must opt out if they do not want their child to participate in testing.
If you do not wish to have your child participate in Shield testing, please complete this form by Friday, September 3, 2021, in order to request an Opt-Out Form.
SHIELD results are viewable by District 57 school nurses, and as with all medical information, test results are highly confidential and treated as all other student records within our district. Families will be notified by the school nurse if their student’s test results are positive and will be guided through the next steps, following the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance.
District and school leaders are working with SHIELD and Visit Healthcare, the third party provider that is coordinating testing in all of our schools, to develop the most efficient protocols to reduce time while maintaining the effectiveness of the testing. Each building will have slightly different schedules and procedures. More information will be shared as it is available.
Dr. Mary Gorr