Shield Illinois COVID-19 Testing Program
COVID-19 Testing Program
Home Testing Program EXTENDED Espanol and English 12.6.21.pdf
Access Your Child's Test Results 11.16.21.pdf
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Hillside School District 93, along with over hundreds of Illinois school districts, has partnered with the University of Illinois and SHIELD Illinois to provide saliva based COVID-19 tests to our students and staff.
Students COVID-19 Testing Program
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HSD #93 Approves Partnership with Shield Illinois (U of I.) to provide COVID-19 Testing to all students and staff participating in Hybrid Instruction.
On February 10, 2021, the Hillside School District 93 Board of Education approved a COVID-19 Testing Support Agreement with the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois for saliva-based COVID-19 screening testing for students and staff.
We are expecting to start the program for students during the week of March 8, 2021. The exact schedule for the non-invasive COVID-19 test will be forthcoming. The test will be consent based program that is free to all students and staff participating in our Hybrid In-Person Instruction Model. Students and staff will be tested on weekly basis.
SHIELD Illinois has shown to be a proven & effective tool, with extremely high sensitivity and specificity rates of detecting the virus. This additional risk mitigation allows us to fight the transmission of COVID-19 within Hillside School and our community at large.
The test, developed by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been used over 1.1 million times since its inception and kept positivity rates below 2% on U of I campuses during the fall semester. SHIELD Illinois uses a saliva-based test that detects three genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which allows it to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals along with new variants. Results will be sent to the school district and the Illinois Department of Public Health through a HIPAA-secure health records portal within 24 hours of the lab receiving a sample.
Below, Additional information and resources about how the HSD #93 SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 testing program will work and what families should expect.
Shield Illinois Testing Program - Hillside D93.mp4
◀ Shield Illinois Testing Program Informational Video
How to Take the Saliva Test- Student Video ▶
COVID-19 Training Video - Kids.mp4