SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Testing at D63
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Updated September 27, 2022
District 63 has partnered with the University of Illinois to test students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection using the SHIELD Illinois Saliva Test.
What is the test?
This free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus is conducted by collecting saliva (spit).
Who will be tested during the 2022-2023 school year?
Although all students will be opted into testing unless parents choose to opt them out (see below), this year tests will only be administered as needed for outbreak testing.
Check out SHIELD Ilinois' Unobserved Collection Tutorial.
How will I know if my child tests positive?
The school will contact you with any positive results. No news is good news - if you don't hear from your school, it means your child tested negative.
What should I do when I receive my child’s test results?
Children who test positive may not return to school unless they meet District protocols for doing so.
Who will receive my child’s test results?
In addition to you receiving your child’s positive test results, the School District and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will also receive your child’s test results, consistent with IDPH guidance and the Illinois Control of Communicable Disease Code.
Do I need to take any other action?
No other action is required if you consent for your child to be tested for COVID-19. If you do NOT consent for your child to be tested for COVID-19 infection, please call your school office, which can provide you with the necessary opt-out form. Please note: even if you opted your child out of testing during the 2021-2022 school year, you will need to renew your opt-out form for the 2022-2023 school year.