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STUDENT TESTING INFORMATION

STUDENT TESTING INFORMATION



Lorain City Schools has partnered with Mercy Health, Lorain County Department of Health, and Case Western Reserve University to provide FREE COVID testing of staff and students. While testing is voluntary, it is highly encouraged.                        
Why participate in the COVID-19 Titan Test?
                       
COVID testing is important to help us know how well our mitigation practices are working to keep everyone as safe as possible. When paired with our contact tracing efforts, we will know if COVID is spreading in our schools and we will be able to make immediate adjustments to ensure that COVID does not spread. COVID testing will also help us to identify staff and students who have no symptoms but could be transmitting the virus. This will help to keep our staff and students safer, as well as our staff and students’ families safer, by finding people with COVID who otherwise we would not be able to identify. 
                       
If you would like for your child to participate: 
                       
All COVID testing will take place in your child’s school during the day by the school’s health professional.
 Test results will be kept confidential. The test itself only takes approximately 30 seconds to complete and is the lower-nasal PCR test. 
                       
Baseline testing for students will be conducted the week of January 11 & 18: 
                       
  • Week of January 11th [Tuesday & Friday] Longfellow, Garfield, Stevan Dohanos, General Johnnie Wilson, Helen Steiner Rice, Lorain High
  • Week of January 18th [Monday & Thursday] Larkmoor, Frank Jacinto, Hawthorne, Southview, Toni Morrison, Washington, Palm, Lorain High 
Randomized student testing will begin the week of January 18th. This means that your child has the same chance of getting selected each week, which means your child could be selected once, multiple times, or not at all.    
                    
Families will be notified the week prior to their child being tested.

If your child has already contracted COVID, we ask that they do NOT participate in COVID testing, as residual shedding of the virus could cause your child to test positive even though he/she is no longer capable of spreading the virus.

All participants must must complete a consent form and return it either prior to the baseline test or on the day of your child’s baseline test. 
                       
If your child tests positive: 
You will be notified by phone call by Katie Malear, CNP, Mercy Health of Lorain. The district contact tracing team will investigate any possible close contacts. Your child must be placed in isolation for 10 days and, if feeling well enough, will participate in remote learning from home.  
                      
Your child can return to school when:
It’s been 10 days since symptoms started OR it’s been 10 days since the test if you’ve never had symptoms, AND No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, AND Symptoms have been improving for 3 days (72 hours). 
                       
COVID-10 Titan Testing is voluntary, but highly encouraged: 
The more students who participate, the better equipped we will be to ensure the safety of everyone in Lorain City Schools. 
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