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Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin offering building surveillance testing for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, as well as diagnostic testing for symptomatic individuals, at all DPS schools and district buildings beginning in October.
Students and individuals over 18 years old can sign their own consent form, while children younger than 18 years old will need parental consent to participate.
Families can register online by CLICKING HERE and find the link that corresponds with their students school.
A. Due to the high risk of potential spread among athletics and other high risk extracurricular activities, DPS is currently recommending that parents of student athletics opt-in to the testing program. DPS encourages all those who are eligible to be vaccinated to do so.
A. Proactive testing will be conducted with surveillance screenings among random samples of the student population to find and mitigate asymptomatic spread. Parents MUST provide permission for their child to participate in the testing program. Both physical and digital registration forms will be available for student participation.
The next step will be to incorporate diagnostic testing. This testing will be available to staff and students who show symptoms of Covid-19 while on campus. Rapid antigen testing may be conducted to quickly identify COVID-19 positive individuals who are symptomatic.
In both cases, quick positive results will result in faster isolation steps and more effective contact tracing to better mitigate the chance of spread.
A. State approved vendor Mako will conduct the screening surveillance testing weekly at all schools. Trained personnel will conduct the diagnostic testing when we add that option later this year.
A. The screening surveillance testing will be pooled PCR tests. The diagnostic testing for symptomatic staff and students will start with a rapid antigen test. If that test is positive, it will be confirmed with a PCR test.
A. Tests will be conducted at each school site.
A. Yes. A parent or guardian must register any minor under 18 years old in order a COVID-19 test to be administered.
A. Strict confidentiality and HIPAA laws will be followed. Test results will be available to the school principal, school nurse, and the district COVID-19 Response Team (COVID Manager Delois Prince.
A. Upon testing positive, a student will be asked to stay at home in isolation for 10 days. The student must be symptom-free for 24 hours prior to returning after 10 days. Currently, a negative COVID-19 test is not required to return after 10 days.
A. The COVID-19 Testing program, although strongly encouraged, is optional.
A. Durham Public Schools takes any issue of bullying or harassment seriously and will continue that policy in instances involving COVID-19 testing. Any bullying or harassment by a student or adult falls under DPS Policy Code 1710/4021/7230 “Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying.” Students or parents who believe harassment is or has taken place should immediately report that information to a teacher or administrator.
A. Testing may begin as early as 5 days after the registration deadline.