School District 189 will use two on-site testing methods as additional prevention strategies that support a safe learning environment. These include:
Shield Illinois Test - This saliva-based PCR test will be used weekly to test students for COVID. It is a highly sensitive test that identifies those who are asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Results are provided in less than 24 hours. To promote a safe learning environment, parental consent is assumed for students to participate. Parents may request to receive a Shield Exemption Form and complete it based on the student's physical inability to participate or religious restrictions only. Exemption requests must be reviewed and approved prior to student exemptions from participation in the Shield saliva testing program. More information can be found on our website at www.estl189.com
Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test - This test is available to students and staff who exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19. This rapid test is administered on-site by our staff with results provided within 15 minutes. Those receiving this test should also take a PCR-based test to verify results.