On-site COVID Testing

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Racine Unified School District is participating in the federally-funded COVID-19 testing program  for K-12 schools to add another layer of protection for our students, staff and families, identify cases early and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When will my child be tested?
Your child will only be tested if parent/guardian consent has been given. If it has, RUSD may conduct tests based on different scenarios.

  • Diagnostic: Per our quarantine guidance, a close contact may be tested on day 6 or 7 of their quarantine. If negative result, the student may return to school on day 8.

As we begin testing, we will primarily focus on diagnostic testing for students and staff upon request. In the future, we may also consider testing based on these scenarios:

  • Screening: This type of testing is preventative. It involves testing students (who have prior consent) to identify and isolate positive people to prevent spread.
  • Event: Students are tested before, during or after a school-based event (e.g. dances, sports event, etc.) that brings together large groups of people.
  • Outbreak: Students are tested when two or more lab-confirmed COVID_19 cases are in the same school.

How to register your child
Parents/Guardians interested in having their child tested will need to register online through the Track by Novir digital system and complete a one-time consent form for your child(ren).

  • To register please click https://trackbynovir.com/register to register and consent. At the bottom of the first page of registration, you will be asked for an organization code, please use your individual school code found here.
  • Register yourself first, as the parent (head of household), then add your child (member of household). If you have children in multiple schools, please register all of your children at the school your oldest child attends using that school’s organization code.

Why test?
Testing will help reduce community spread of COVID-19 and ensure our schools are safe learning and working environments. The testing of students will assist the District in quickly identifying COVID-19 positive cases, which is critical to preventing school outbreaks.

What is the test?
With your consent, your child will receive a free diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19. The DHS testing program at RUSD will offer either a rapid test (results within 15-20 minutes) or PCR test (results may take up to 4 days). Collecting a specimen for testing involves inserting a small swab into both nostrils.

Where will my child be tested?
Your child will be tested at school with the assistance of trained health services staff members and our state-paired testing vendor Novir.

How will I receive the results of my child’s test?
Parents/Guardians will receive test results electronically via a link that will be emailed to you.

What should I do when I receive my child’s test results?
If the test is positive, this means the virus was detected in your child’s specimen. You will hear from your child’s school or a trained professional about this test. You will be asked to pick up your child (or not send your child to school) and you will be provided information about keeping your child home, following up with your health care provider and when your child can return to school. If your child’s test results are negative, this means the virus was not detected in your child’s specimen at this time. You will be asked to follow the instructions provided by your child’s school following this test result.

Note: This is a DHS program and is subject to change based on state or federal guidance.

How do I register my child for testing?

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