COVID-19 Testing at School
Did you know students can be tested each week for COVID-19 at school? The testing is free and helps prevent the spread of the virus. A parent must sign a consent form for their student(s) to participate. They only have to sign up once and they are all set. When they test, the results will be sent to a parents’ cell phone and email address within 24–48 hours. Participating in weekly testing is an effective way to help stop the spread of the COVID virus. The test is a saliva-based PCR test and is highly accurate in detecting the virus, even in people that don’t have any symptoms. Best of all, it's painless!
Each DPSCD school and central office location has a specific day of the week when students and staff can participate in on-site testing. If your student misses their test day, the drive-through locations are available at Renaissance High School or East English Village High School from 8 am - 6 pm Monday - Friday. These drive-through locations are for District staff, students, contractors, and regular volunteers only.
A parent or guardian can register a student online for testing here. Please make sure to use the same spelling of the name used when you enrolled in school to avoid issues with registration. Also, be sure that the email and cell phone you provide is accurate. Registration forms can also be downloaded, or you can get a copy from your school office. All students must have consent on file for testing or they will be placed in the DPSCD Virtual School.
Register for testing today to help stop the spread of COVID!
The COVID-19 vaccine can lower your risk of getting COVID-19 and spreading the infection. It may also prevent you or your student from becoming seriously ill or hospitalized from a COVID-19 infection. Anyone 5 years of age or older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC reports that “all steps have been taken to ensure it is safe and effective.” Like any vaccine you or you will receive, please consult with a health provider to determine if this is the right step for you.
We are hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout the remainder of the school year at many schools. These clinics are free with no appointment needed for anyone age 5 and up. The schedule for these clinics can be found on the District's website. Along with these clinics, the District started a program for school nurses to administer COVID-19 vaccines to students. To receive a vaccine from a school nurse at one of these locations, there will be a need for a signed consent form from a legal parent or guardian.
Daily Health Practices
Everyone wants to stay healthy. In order to do so, it is vital for you to practice good hygiene. Below are a few tips that can help reduce the spread of illness and keep you and your student(s) healthy in any season. We also recommend all students receive a Flu vaccine each year.
Wash hands often – this includes before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
Keep unwashed hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick or have symptoms of being sick.
Avoid sharing cups (including water bottles) and utensils with other individuals.
Cover coughs with a tissue, or cough into a sleeve or elbow.
Remember, if your student is not feeling well, please stay home. Better to be safe than sorry and risk infecting other students.