QPS COVID-19 Pooled Testing Update

QPS COVID-19 Pooled Testing Update
Posted on 03/19/2021

Parents of students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 can choose for them to participate in the QPS COVID-19 Pooled Testing Initiative.  Participating students and staff provide a nasal sample each week (minimally invasive, just inside nostril on each side). The samples are tested together in "pools" of 5-8 people and results are available the next day. Pooled testing for students in Grades 9-12 will begin the week of April 5, 2021.

A positive pool notification will be followed by a rapid antigen COVID-19 test for all members of that pool administered at school.  The school nurse will provide guidance to the parent of the student or the staff member with the positive test result on quarantine guidelines and their return to school date.  The school will also complete contact tracing for the positive case and notify the appropriate parents or staff if there are any close contacts.

Parents may submit a consent form for their students to participate in the QPS COVID-19 Pooled Testing Initiative here:  https://forms.gle/MDokjXcW6ugwWoXv5

QPS COVID-19 Pooled Testing results are posted daily on the QPS COVID-19 Metrics spreadsheet found here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rJxgeMCnioX4MJvLN-C_tcoaJN4CEDNv3lDuzbjk6_k/edit?usp=sharing

If you have questions about the QPS COVID-19 Pooled Testing Initiative, please email lauraowens@quincypublicschools.com.