For SPS Families
Dear SPS Family:
To support a healthy return to school SPS staff and volunteers will be providing rapid antigen COVID testing at 12 middle school locations on Jan. 3.
As a reminder, the school will resume on Jan. 4.
This limited testing is for students that attend Seattle Public Schools. Additional testing will be available for students throughout next week at each school site with parent consent. Testing is highly encouraged but not required to return to school.
LOCATION AND HOURS
Monday, Jan. 3, 1 – 4 p.m.
- • Denny International Middle School
- • Eckstein Middle School
- • Hamilton International Middle School
- • Jane Addams Middle School
- • Madison Middle School
- • McClure Middle School
- • Meany Middle School
- • Mercer International Middle School
- • Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
- • South Shore PreK-8 School (Sunday, Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) Managed by Premier Medical Group in partnership with SPS.
- • Washington Middle School
- • Whitman Middle School
Additional testing information and Frequently Asked Questions
Additional testing information and Frequently Asked Questions https://www.seattleschools.org/news/covid-testing-for-students/
- These are walk-up testing sites. When you arrive, you will be given an estimated wait time. Wait times on Sunday, Jan. 2 have been over an hour. Please dress warmly as the line will likely extend outside.
- Test results will be received at most sites.
- Testing is free and insurance is not required.
- All preschool and elementary students must be accompanied by an adult at the clinic sites.
- Parent consent forms can be found on the district website: https://www.seattleschools.org/news/covid-testing-for-students/
- Visitors and students must be masked and will be required to physically distance while waiting for the test and while testing.
- We will test as many students as we can in a three-hour period.
- Additional testing will be available at all schools next week with parent consent.
Who is encouraged to test? All SPS students are encouraged to test.
Testing is voluntary. Please review SPS requirements for returning to school after being diagnosed with COVID-19 or if your child has recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19: https://www.seattleschools.org/news/responding-to-cases-or-symptoms/
Please do not send your child to school on Tuesday, Jan. 4 if they are sick.
Accommodations: Tests will be self-administered or can be supported by a parent or guardian.
These are large testing sites. If a student needs a private or quiet space to test, accommodation will be provided.
Registration and Consent
- Registration and test consent can be done in advance or at any of the testing sites. Advance registration will speed up the testing process but does not guarantee tests will be available when you arrive.
To register and provide consent in advance for all testing sites, except South Shore PreK-8, with your smartphone scan the SPS testing QR code:
All SPS testing sites (except South Shore PreK-8)
Translated consent forms will be available at the SPS testing sites or can be located on the district website: https://www.seattleschools.org/news/covid-testing-for-students/
You will be asked to share a printout or screenshot of the registration confirmation pop-up when you arrive. You may also register your student using the registration link: https://forms.office.com/r/Ms4Z3FzMc1
Questions Specifically about Eckstein Middle School
1. Is testing indoors? Testing will be done in the cafeteria. Due to the sensitive nature of the Binax Test Kits, they must be done at room temperature.
2. Multiple people have shared they will not test there kids in an indoor environment with their masks off. I am not sure if they are aware that the test takes 30 seconds and students have their masks off for much longer times at lunch. Any reassuring words for the skeptical? District staff and volunteers who are testing will expedite as much as possible and keep social distancing. Mouths can stay covered with masks when testing is administered. have been tested.
3. Can families test at home and submit data? If so, to where? If families have a home test, they should definitely use it. Our primary goal is for staff and students to test so that they know if they should stay home on Tuesday.
If student tests positive with a home test, please notify the school. They will send the info to our health services department.
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