Student testing - COVIDCheck Colorado
January 13, 2021
We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome your child back into our classrooms for in-person learning. This semester, we are excited to be adding another important layer of protection to keep our students and staff safe and healthy, and our schools open.
All Mapleton students will have the opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 at their school every two weeks. This saliva-based, routine testing is being made possible by COVIDCheck Colorado at no cost to Mapleton families or staff.
We look forward to expanding this partnership to continue to fulfill our commitment to your family. As a district, we have been able to keep the transmission of COVID-19 from student to student, student to staff, or staff to staff very low by implementing proven and effective layers of protection.
If you would like for your child to be offered the opportunity to participate in this voluntary, routine COVID screening, please check your email for a link to the online consent form. If you did not receive an email, please contact your child's school for additional information. Thank you for your partnership and confidence in Mapleton Public Schools. With your trust and support, we can continue ensuring a smooth and safe reopening for our community.
Please see below for more information about this opportunity.
COVID-19 Testing FAQ
Is it mandatory for my child to participate in COVID-19 testing at school?
No. It is not mandatory for your child to participate in in-school testing. This is an optional service made possible by our partners at COVIDCheck Colorado.
Is there a charge to participate in testing?
This service is available at no charge.
How often will my child be tested?
Testing will take place every two weeks at your child’s school.
What kind of test will be used?
Students will be tested using SalivaDirect. SalivaDirect is an FDA approved, highly accurate PCR testing protocol. Students will provide a small saliva (drool) sample under the supervision of a district nurse.
How and when will I receive my child’s results?
Results will be provided to you via text, email, or phone call within 24-48 hours. In the event you receive a positive test result for your child, a COVIDCheck Colorado pediatrician will contact you directly to answer your questions and connect you to important resources.
Can my child be tested at school if they are showing symptoms or were exposed to COVID-19?
No. If your child is showing symptoms or was exposed to COVID-19, please ensure they stay home and contact your health care provider or visit one of the free testing sites available in your area. The CDPHE is partnering with COVIDCheck Colorado to provide free COVID-19 testing at several locations throughout the Denver-metro area. This service is available to everyone. If your child is showing any symptoms, please schedule your test using the following link - https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe
Our schools are not testing sites if your child has symptoms. We are providing on-site testing as a routine way of protecting our students and staff and identifying those who may be asymptomatic. It is important to continue to keep our students and staff healthy and our classrooms open by not sending your child to school if they are sick or showing symptoms.
Saliva Test Protocol for Schools
Students are not allowed to drink water 10 minutes prior to collection and should not consume other drinks, food, nasal sprays, or chewing gum for 30 minutes before sample collection. Samples will be collected in school by the district nurse.
- The student testing group will wait to enter their school collection space, standing in a socially-distant line and wearing masks.
- While in line, the school nurse will confirm with each student that they have not had anything to eat or drink in the last 30 minutes or had any water in the last 10 minutes. The school nurse will also provide each student with hand sanitizer.
- As each student confirms that they have met the requirements to test, they enter the designated area with their masks on.
- Students who have not met the requirements will be asked to wait the required amount of time or asked to test with another cohort
- When students enter the designated area, they will be handed a pre-labeled tube containing a QR code and their initials by the school nurse (who will be wearing a mask and gloves).
- Students will then be asked to spread out in the designated testing area so that each person is standing on a marker that is at least 6 feet from the closest student
- The Sample Collection Process will begin:
- While the student providing the saliva sample is still wearing their mask, the school nurse will ask them to unscrew the cap of the collection tube
- While the student is still masked, ask the student providing the sample to let their saliva just start to pool in their mouth - make sure they know not to swallow it!
- Remember, saliva is intended for the collection of normal saliva that naturally pools into the mouth -- it's not spitting, it's "drooling" or "dribbling." Saliva should be gently expelled from the mouth into the collection tube so no forceful spitting is required
- To help the saliva production, you can encourage the student providing the sample to think about food to help to get saliva flowing, such as:
- their favorite food
- the last thing they ate or the next snack or meal that they're going to have
- sour foods
- thinking about the saliva collection process itself can sometimes help
- It is important to give reminders to continue to work on pooling saliva in their mouth as they produce it.
- Remind students that they should not cough or sniff anything back for collection.
- Ask the student providing the saliva sample to remove one side of their mask.
- Standing 6 feet away, ask the student to hold the tube to their mouth and gently expel the saliva which as pooled into their mouth out into the collection tube
- Have the student providing the saliva sample aim to collect at least 0.5 mL of saliva
- Any bubbles that also collect in the tube do NOT count towards this total volume
- If the student is struggling to produce a sample, have them close the tube, replace their mask and take a few minutes to relax and try to pool more saliva into their mouth, before trying again
- If anything other than saliva is collected (e.q. mucus, a lot of food particles), dispose of the sample, wait a few minutes and start the process again
- The school nurse will raise their hand to indicate that they have collected enough sample (0.5 mL)
- Another teacher will inspect the student's sample to ensure the sample is adequate
Check-Out (via PrimaryBio)
- Once it's confirmed that the student has collected an adequate sample, the student will approach a staff member who is administrating the collection process (the staff member will be wearing gloves and a mask).
- The student should also have their mask on.
- The staff member will ask the student for their first and last name and will locate their ID on the printed list.
- In PrimaryBio, the staff member will confirm the student's first and last name, initials, and date of birth.
- The staff member will check out the student by scanning the barcode on the test tube.
- The staff member will print out the requisition sheet.
- Using the barcode scanner, the staff member will scan the sample into the Barcode ID field that they will click into and scan the barcode on the vial.
- If the scanner fails to work, barcodes can be manually typed in.
- The staff member will open the bio bag.
- The student will drop the tube into the bio bag.
- The staff member will place the requisition sheet into the bio bag.
- The student will leave the sample collection space, the staff member will once again provide them hand sanitizer.
- After the student has deposited their sample and the staff member has placed the requisition label on the bio bag and the requisition form in the bio bad; the completed bio bag will be placed in the temporary sample storage container.