To support our efforts to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment, R.S.U. No. 67 submitted an application with the Department of Education to implement Pooled COVID-19 Testing in all schools. Pooled Testing is a system in which groups of students, usually classes, self-swab their lower nasal cavities weekly. All swabs from the group are combined into one specimen, which is sent to a central testing facility. Schools are notified within 48 hours whether any specimen is positive. Individuals in the identified group are then re-tested. Those in the group who re-test negative do not have to quarantine and may continue to attend school. The district has advertised for a Registered Nurse whose time would be dedicated to oversee the process.
It is our hope that high participation among staff and students will help keep everyone from unnecessary quarantine when they are not sick. A parental consent form for Pooled Testing will be sent out in the near future.
With the emphasis on in-person learning, we can’t stress enough the importance of the health and safety of students and staff. Please continue to check symptoms daily and keep your student home from school should any symptoms present.
Jean Skorapa, Superintendent