Some Students Did NOT Receive COVID Testing Kits

Testing Kits And KN95 mask Distribution

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Staff Photo by, Virginia Bates

Trent Connley and Marshall Mango

COVID kits were distributed to students yesterday; however, due to supply shortages, some students did not receive testing kits.

On January 17, Principal Dr. Brown shared an email, including a document with information on how students were going to return to school. The document, explains to students that they are going to be given weekly rapid antigen tests.

“PGCPS has provided each school with Rapid Antigen Test Kits to be sent home by students. Each Kit contains two Rapid tests. Families are being asked to test their students on Sunday evening and upload the results of this exam onto the “Home COVID Test-Kit Weekly Results”. Students will begin receiving tests to take home this Thursday, January 20th, and will receive a new test kit twice a month through February. The testing schedule is as follows:

Students receive Kits Thursday, January 20th

  • Family administers the test on  Sunday, January 23rd.
  • Family administers the test on Sunday, January 30th.

Students receive Kits Thursday, February 3rd:

  • Family administers the test on Sunday, February 6th
  • Family administers the test on Sunday, February 13th

Students receive Kits Thursday, February 17th:

  • Family administers the test on Sunday, February 20th
  • Family administers the test on Sunday, January 27th

In order to assist you with administering the test, I am providing you with this ADMINISTERING THE RAPID TEST VIDEO  which can serve as an example of the process”

Students received testing kits the following Wednesday, January 19, and were encouraged to take them home. In those testing kits, they concluded two tests and a KN95 mask. Students must take a test on Sunday evening and post those results on that same day.

 

Using these tests, testing days are Sunday, January 23rd, and Sunday, January 30th. The link to post results is on a google form (Home COVID Test-Kit Weekly Results) provided by PGCPS. You can read on their website  How to Submit COVID-19 Test Results

Students must be tested every Sunday and the results must be uploaded that evening in order to attend school, but some students did not receive testing kits.

In a COVID Kit Distribution Update email, Principal Dr. Brown explained that some students did not receive their COVID testing kits.

“Greetings!

The majority of our scholars received their Covid testing kits today. Some, however, did not as we are still awaiting a follow up on a delivery from district personnel. As soon as we have received the delivery, we will call students to the office for retrieval.”

Those same students will be expected to pick up their testing kits at school tomorrow and upload their results on Sunday in order to ensure a safe return the following week. These new procedures may appear overbearing, but they ensure that all students and their families can learn in a safe environment while keeping the virus out of the classroom.

Stay safe, Jags.