Christina School District to Launch Antigen Testing
Christina School District has partnered with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services – Division of Public Health (DPH) to help in an effort to help identify our students who may be infected with COVID-19 but who are not experiencing symptoms. As you may be aware, there are many times individuals may be carrying and potentially exposing others to COVID-19 without knowing they are infected.
The District, working with the DPH, is offering free Antigen testing to all students participating in the Hybrid Learning and in-person extracurricular activities in all schools and programs in the Christina School District. The District will be testing asymptomatic (without symptoms) individuals only with the Antigen testing. There is no cost to students, parents or insurance.
The process is much easier than some of the other testing processes you may have seen. The student simply takes the cotton tipped swab and swirls this into the front of both of their nostrils. For students that need assistance, there will be staff support to complete the process. There is no need to go deep into the nasal passage like some of the other testing. The cotton-tipped swab is then put into a small tube with the activating solution and then put onto a test cassette for reading. Instruction and assistance will be provided for your student.
Antigen testing will begin on January 19th when the students return for the Hybrid Learning. We are arranging for antigen testing to occur periodically for students participating in the Hybrid Learning and in-person extracurricular activities in all schools and programs in the Christina School District. The testing will be performed on a rotating basis. A consent form will be needed in order for students to participate in testing.
An FAQ on the Antigen testing is available on the district website and can be found by also clicking here. Please feel free to contact your school nurse if you have any additional questions.
For general questions on COVID-19 and prevention, visit the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services – Division of Public Health’s website at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov, call 2-1-1, or text your ZIP code to 898-211 for deaf and hard of hearing.