Free COVID Testing for Students
District 103 continues to improve our mitigation efforts to keep our staff and students as safe as possible and keep everyone in school.
To accomplish this goal, we are offering weekly COVID-19 PCR testing to all families free of charge. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Wednesday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing the following week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.
Additionally, if your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it. We highly encourage all families to opt into this opportunity as the goal is to increase school community health and safety by preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Positive Test Results
Testing is voluntary and will require consent to participate. If a child were to test positive, your child would need to isolate and follow the guidelines listed in the IDPH Interim Exclusion Guidance. If your child is found to be a close contact, District 103 will consult with the Lake County Health Department and follow the options listed in the IDPH Revised Public Guidance for Schools.
For information on testing, please refer to the below documents.
Consent Form - Please log into your child’s Unified Classroom account to access the digital form to give consent for both the PCR and BinaxNow tests. This short video is provided with step by step directions for completing the form.
- Watch the brief videos in Google Docs for instructions on using the PCR testing.
- Watch the brief videos on our D103 YouTube channel for instructions on using the PCR testing.
The consent form must be completed prior to your child participating in the COVID-19 screening and the “Test to Stay” option instead of quarantine. Screening testing and the “Test to Stay” option will take place during the school year.
Your child will arrive home on Monday with a plastic bag containing a swab and a vial. Please administer the PCR test to your child by either swabbing their mouth or nose. Directions for administering the test to your child can be found in the short informational videos below:
On Tuesday, your child will return to school with the test kit and place it in a bin near the nurse’s office. You will receive an email from O'Hare Clinical Lab Services with your child’s test results regardless of whether they are positive or negative. If the test is positive, you will also receive a follow-up email from email@example.com, a text, and an automated phone call from 847-295-4030 with additional information.
We have a bussing update regarding our Test to Stay and quarantine procedures when students are identified as close contacts at school. We now have permission from the Lake County Health Department to allow our Tests to Stay students to ride the bus on the days they are not testing. A parent or guardian will still need to drive their students to school on the days when the test is required. Students will be able to ride the bus home from school everyday. For students who are under quarantine, they will be able to ride the bus immediately when their quarantine is over.
Regarding Vaccinated Students
Fully vaccinated students do not need to participate in the weekly COVID testing program for the year. Additionally, they would not need to quarantine or utilize the Test to Stay process if they were identified as a close contact unless they exhibited COVID-like symptoms.
However, if there was an instance that a test was needed, such as the child was exhibiting COVID-like symptoms while at school, we could administer a test to help verify if the child had COVID. By signing the consent form in Unified Classroom, it provides an option for your child to have a COVID test provided by the school district.
Since the public announcement of the outbreak of the coronavirus, District 103 has been taking additional proactive steps to ensure the safety and health of its students and staff. D103 uses a microbiostatic protectant on surface areas that will provide 90 days of protection against the spread of communicable diseases. This EPA-registered and USDA-accepted surface protection greatly enhances all of D103s current disinfection practices. D103's custodial staff continues to clean and disinfect common surfaces that students and staff may touch daily.
To increase fresh air exchange in spaces, the District has increased outdoor air percentages taken in by individual HVAC units. In addition, each classroom space has been outfitted with a medical grade air scrubber that increases the fresh air exchange. Areas of the building that are covered by roof top units (RTU) and air handling units (AHU), have had Ultraviolet Light technology added to eliminate air borne viruses.
Precautions Against COVID
The best way to keep yourself healthy from any sickness include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Wear a mask
- Stay six feet apart
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces