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SHIELD Illinois Surveillance Testing

SHIELD Illinois is a COVID-19 surveillance testing program using the saliva-based PCR test developed by the University of Illinois. The purpose of surveillance testing is early detection of COVID-19 in our student and staff population. Early detection will help us limit exposures to positive COVID-19 cases.

We encourage all students and staff at the high school summer school programs to participate in surveillance testing to help limit exposures. Students are not required to participate in school, but are required to participate in extracurricular activities. Students and staff that are fully vaccinated are exempt from surveillance testing, but can be tested if experiencing symptoms.

Results are received within 12-24 hours. Any positive results will be communicated with the families as soon as possible.

The video below shows how the test sample is collected.

Consent forms for summer school and extracurricular activies are available on the right. Please return to your student's school. If you need a printed copy, please contact your student's school.

SHIELD Test Saliva Collection

 

BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Testing

District 186 will continue to use the Binax rapid tests if someone has symptoms. In some cases, a negative Binax test is sufficient to allow a student to return to class. In other cases, a PCR test, such as the SHIELD test, is required.

The Binax tests will be administered as part of our quarantine procedure by trained nursing staff. Testing is only available when a trained health professional is available at the school. All guidance and procedures are strictly in alignment with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health guidelines.

Permission
Antigen testing requires a signed permission form from the staff member or the student’s parent/guardian. These waivers will be available electronically or in-person at your student’s school. No test will be administered without a signed waiver on file. 

Testing Sites
Testing is available at each of our schools for staff and students attending the school.

Each school will determine an adequate space within their medical waiting area for testing to take place.

Testing Procedure
Each building will receive Antigen testing kits to administer to symptomatic students or staff who are present in the building. An Antigen test should not be administered to an asymptomatic individual. The appropriate PPE and safety precautions must be followed when administering Antigen tests.

The student and/or staff member will be escorted into an isolation bay within the medical waiting room. Once they have been assessed and found symptomatic, a signed waiver must be verified. If a staff member or parent/guardian requests testing and a waiver is not on file, they will be asked to complete the electronic waiver or a paper copy will be provided to be signed. No testing can be completed with verbal consent; a signed waiver is required.  

Sample Collection
While in the medical waiting room, the student will be asked to lower their mask and a single swab will be rolled along the inside wall of both nostrils. Unlike a PCR test, the swab will NOT have to pass through the nasal cavity and into the upper area of the throat. 

Negative Test Results
If the Antigen test is negative:  

  • The District will follow the COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance (Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals) from IDPH along with the guidelines from SCDPH.

  • Individuals must receive an alternative diagnosis from their doctor confirming there is no clinical suspicion of COVID-19 OR have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test OR must stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND improvement of symptoms. 

  • Encourage the staff member or parent/guardian of the student to follow up with their doctor. 

  • A symptomatic individual who had close contact with a positive case must complete quarantine.

If the symptomatic staff member or student has any family/household members within the District, they must also stay home and follow the IDPH decision tree guidelines. 

All students sent home will receive a copy of the District 186 Exposure Guidelines and Return to Learn.

Positive Test Results
If the Antigen test is positive: 

  • Follow the COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance (Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals) from IDPH.

  • Individuals must stay home for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms AND improvement of symptoms. 

  • Release from Isolation provided from SCDPH provided via phone, secure email or fax. 

Administration will begin contact tracing within the school immediately.

If the symptomatic staff member or student has any family/household members within the District, they must also stay home and follow the IDPH decision tree guidelines. 

All students sent home will receive a copy of the District 186 Exposure Guidelines and Return to Learn.

Choosing Not to Test
Any student or staff member who is symptomatic can choose not to be tested. They will be excluded from the building and follow the quarantine procedure in the IDPH Decision Tree. Individuals are strongly recommended to get tested at one of the community testing locations at their earliest convenience. 

Reporting
All COVID-19 Antigen test results must be reported to the IDPH RedCap website within 24 hours of the results for both positive and negative tests. All positive test results  and close contacts must be reported to the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Click above for information about the COVID-19 Vaccine.