Staff and Student COVID Testing

Our staff have been participating in the Minnesota Department of Health’s optional, free, saliva COVID testing program for educators every other Thursday since the 21st of January.

Starting the 18th of March, we will be adding an optional, insurance-based, nasal swab, COVID testing program for both staff and students. These tests will be administered every other week as well.

 

 

This program comes at no cost to the school or families, even if a family is uninsured or underinsured. This is a much shallower nasal swab than the swabs conducted earlier in the pandemic. Students can even be trained to self-administer these swabs.

You Must Turn in a Registration Form and Consent Form
These tests will be conducted during the school day, by a team from Zepto Life Technology, LLC and CLIO Laboratories.

Here is the registration form and the consent form

Deadlines to Turn Forms In
These forms only need to be filled out once.
– For Lower School – Forms need to be turned in no later than Monday, March 8
– For Middle School – Forms need to be turned in no later than Monday, March 15

Testing is Available for At-Home Learners
This testing is open to At-Home Learners as well. Once we have the final details in place, we will share the timing of these testing events with these families so they can make arrangements to bring students in for testing if they are willing and able to do so.

Testing is Optional
Again, all of these tests are optional and are screening tests to help uncover asymptomatic cases in our school community. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19. 

This Testing is Not for People Exhibiting Symptoms
Teachers and students exhibiting symptoms should not come to school for these testing events, but rather seek testing through a physician or a clinic. 

In addition to this testing offering at FSMN, the state is also making testing for students and families more widely available. This link is full of resources.

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