Would you like your child to participate in Surveillance testing for the 2022.23 year?

  • Parents are required to provide consent if they would like to have their child/children participate in surveillance testing for Covid19 at Springdale Park.  Please complete the online consent form for your child(ren) to allow them to participate in Surveillance Testing at SPARK!  

    Consent Form (English & Espanol)

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our School Nurse and review the Q & A down below.

    Nurse Carr -  kcarr@apsk12.org 

     

Q & A

  • What is Surveillance testing?

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    COVID 19 Surveillance Testing is a non diagnostic test that detects the presence of COVID 19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic.

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  • Will I need to sign my child up for surveillance testing again if they did it last year?

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    Yes!  Parents will need to provide a new consent form for the 2022.2023 school year.  We are hopeful that parents will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to participate in surveillance testing.  You can provide consent online and it is quick and easy!

    Once consent has been given, Nurse Carr will make sure that your child participates in weekly surveillance testing. 

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  • What are the benefits?

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    The benefits of surveillance testing include early detection of positive individuals to limit the spread of COVID 19 in our schools and buildings, as well as, rapid results and notifications for impacted individuals within 24 hours of testing. This allows for parents and staff to make informed decisions regarding healthcare and taking the needed precautions prior to coming to school or work.

    Also, if your child participates in surveillance testing at SPARK, he/she/they will not need to quarantine at home if exposed to a positive COVID19 classmate or teacher.  As long as your child continues to test negative, they may remain in school.

    Lastly, if your child is fully vaccinated regardless of participating in surveillance testing, hey/she/they may remain at school even if exposed to a COVID19 positive individual. 

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  • Where will testing take place?

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    Viral Solutions personnel will test students and staff at SPARK.  The viral solutions staff will visit each classroom and test all students who have consented to being tested.  This allows for minimal disruption.  Once your child's nose has been swabbed, results will be available within 10 minutes. 

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  • Is it mandatory?

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    No, testing is not mandatory, and consent is required for both student and staff participation.  You can provide consent for your child to test by completing the online consent form. https://studentapp.viralsolutionsga.com/consent 

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  • Who will participate?

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    Students will be offered the opportunity for participation in surveillance testing. All teachers/staff are mandated to participate in testing. 

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  • When will students be tested? Are teachers/staff tested as well?

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    Surveillance testing occurs every Tuesday and Friday at SPARK for students with consent from their parents/guardians. 

    Yes, All SPARK Teachers/Staff will participate in mandatory surveillance testing every Tuesday and Friday.  

     

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  • How frequent will testing be?

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    Testing will occur twice weekly. We are currently scheduled to test on Tuesdays and Fridays.  If these days change, we will alert all families. 

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  • With testing in place, does that mean students won't have to wear masks?

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    Masks are optional in Atlanta Public Schools. No one is required to wear a mask.  

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  • Will students lose a lot of class time for the testing?

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    No, the average time to complete a test is about 1 minute.  Medical staff will travel to each classroom, retrieve students who have submitted consent forms and administer tests via cart.  Once a student has been administered the test, they will be allowed to return to class. In the event that a positive test result is received, the school nurse will be contacted and the student will be escorted to the CARE room until a parent/guardian arrives to retrieve them.  Students will then be referred for a confirmatory PCR test administration. 

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  • When would the district/school administration be informed of someone's results?

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    The test takes about 10 minutes to produce a result.  If a test is positive, Viral solutions will inform our school nurse and principal immediately.   Parents/Guardians will then be contacted and parents/guardians of all close contacts will be informed. 

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  • If a student is sent home due to a positive test result, must siblings be sent home as well?

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    Not necessarily.   If one child tests positive but siblings test negative, the siblings may remain in school.  The positive students would need to be isolated from the siblings while at home.  As long as the siblings continue to test negative and show no signs of symptoms, they may continue to come to school. 

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  • What is the district's protocol for tracking COVID-19 cases within a school?

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    STEP 1: REPORT

    In the event a student or staff person receive a positive test result for COVID-19, they must first notify the school or workplace. 

    STEP 2: TRACE

    Upon receipt of the reported positive COVID-19 case as an APS School or office location, we work directly with our local boards of health (Fulton County and Dekalf County) as they conduct contact tracing. 

    STEP 3:NOTIFY & INFORM

    Based on the guidance provided by the local BOH and our APS health services department, notifications are sent to impacted staff, students and families. 

    STEP 4:QUARANTINE

    If an individual is found to have close contacts while contagious, those who were in close contact but who are not participating in surveillance testing and are unvaccinated will have to quarantine for up to 5 days. 

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Comprehensive Testing Strategy

  • Dr. Katika Lovett, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, explains the District’s comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy and all of the testing options available to students and staff.

Surveillance Testing in APS

  • Viral Solutions, LLC., Co-Founder Ron Sanders, PA-C, demonstrates how the COVID-19 surveillance test is administered.

Viral Solutions in APS

  • Dr. Brian Lefkove, Co-Founder of Viral Solutions, discusses how COVID-19 surveillance testing in combination with other health and safety protocols can help keep us all safe.