Shield Illinois COVID-19 Testing Program

COVID-19 Testing Program


Home Testing Program EXTENDED Espanol and English 12.6.21.pdf

We are excited to announce that we have received approval to continue with our Home SHIELD ILLINOIS Testing Program for students in Grades 1st through 8th Grade!


PROGRAMA PARA TOMAR LA PRUEBA EN CASA

Nos complace anunciarles que hemos recibido aprobación para continuar con el Programa para la Prueba del COVID-19 de SHIELD Illinois en casa para los estudiantes de 1º a 8º Grado a lo largo del receso de Invierno.






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.


As we move to our Home Testing Pilot Program for the next four weeks, you can view your child’s testing results online.


Create your SHIELD IL Portal account

Viewing your CHILD’S SHIELD ILLINOIS Results:


If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, you need to create a portal for yourself first, and then add your minor(s) as dependent(s) to your account.


You must create an account on the SHIELD IL portal to view test results. Please use the SHIELD Community Agency Code below to create your portal.

SHIELD Portal: https://shieldillinoisportal.pointnclick.com/login_login.aspx

SHIELD Community Agency Code: df5brbrj

In the dependent section of the portal, enter your child’s name exactly as it appears on the QR Code Label inside your HOME Testing Kit.


DIRECTIONS FOR THE FAMILY SHIELD ILLINOIS RESULTS PORTAL

If you have any issues signing into the SHIELD portal or creating a SHIELD account to access your test result, please call SHIELD IL Help at (217) 265-6059. They will not release results but can assist you with account access issues.

Students COVID-19 Testing Program

Student Consent Form for Covid-19 testing

Click button to fill out Student Consent Form - English

Haga clic en el botón para completar el formulario de consentimiento del estudiante - Español

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.

What is Shield Illinois COVID-19 Saliva Testing?

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 PCR 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 following HIPPA regulations.

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 tool allows us to fight the transmission of COVID-19 within Hillside School and our community at large.

Please click on the link below to view the 35- Minute Informational Video on the Shield Illinois COVID-19 Testing.

When does the Shield Illinois Testing Program Start?

The program will start for students on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Students and staff will be tested weekly on Wednesdays. We will offer make-up testing for absent students and staff on Thursdays.

What is the purpose of weekly COVID-19 screening?

  • Reducing school closures and quarantine allowing for more in-person instruction by identifying and keeping as many asymptomatic or symptomatic people out of Hillside School.

  • Identifying early potential cases of COVID-19 in the school population, reducing transmission.

  • Driving down overall positivity rates in our community by alerting those who may need to quarantine before they show symptoms.

Who will be tested?

The SHIELD Illinois PCR COVID-19 test will be a consent based program that is free to all students and staff participating in our Hybrid In-Person Instruction Model.

If you would like your child to participate in the weekly Shield Illinois Testing program, you will be REQUIRED to complete a one-time testing consent form. At any time, you can opt out of the testing program by contacting the Main Office.

Please click here to complete the CONSENT FORM. (One Form per Family- Please add in the name(s) of the student(s) attending Hillside School).

What are the requirements for the testing?

  • Each person will collect their own saliva using the provided kit.

  • The test must be taken on-site at Hillside School in an observed setting.

  • Students and staff cannot eat or drink 1 hour prior to the testing to avoid inconclusive test results. Hence the need to complete the test at school to ensure all rules are followed.

  • The test will take place in our well ventilated gym or large meeting area following all socially distanced and disinfectant protocols.

How long does the test take?

The test will take 2-5 minutes for each student to complete.

We ask that you practice with your child on how to drool into a paper cup. We will also work with our students in Hybrid In-Person Instruction to coach them on how to take this quick, easy and non-invasive saliva test.

Please click on the video link to watch how the test is taken.

CLICK HERE

How are results delivered?

On designated screening days, the district will have the samples delivered to the SHIELD ILLINOIS CLIA Lab by medical courier recommend by Shield Illinois. We anticipate results within 24 hours.

SHIELD Illinois informs the school nurse/administration of any positive test results. The school nurse/administration will notify families/staff of a positive test result and they will follow the IDPH exclusion guidelines for a positive test. Per law, we must report any positive cases within the school to Cook County Health Department and complete the required contact tracing and reporting documentation. In addition, SHIELD ILLINOIS is required to report the number of positive cases to IDPH.

How will we protect the privacy of participants?

Samples are provided with a bar code label and DOB that does not include a name. If there is a positive test result, the lab will inform the school nurse/administration through a secured portal using the bar code and DOB identifiers. The lab will also destroy samples.


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

Testing Process Video- Hillside School District Featured