new and updated testing

New & Updated COVID Testing
Posted on 01/25/2022

Dear LS Students, Families, and Staff, 

Lincoln Sudbury has been approved by the MA DESE to administer a new at-home antigen (“quick tests”) testing program for students and staff.  We are awaiting delivery of supplies and expect the program to begin with school staff this week and students next week.  The new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary.  However, participation does require submission of an opt-in form.  We strongly encourage staff to fill out the form by Wednesday January 26 and students (parents/guardians) by January 28 to opt-in.  One can also start or stop participation any time after.  

Participation in the new program is open to any individual regardless of vaccination status.  We will no longer be implementing  the state’s Stay and Test program. .   

We will continue modified contact tracing for in-school close contacts.  We will  inform you if you have been identified as a close contact in school.  Being a close contact does not require you to quarantine nor miss school.  You will only have to isolate if you test positive for COVID.  It remains the recommendation to stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well with possibly COVID symptoms or other contagious illness.

Overview: At-Home Rapid Testing Program

  • About the Test: iHealth is a 15-minute at-home FDA-approved rapid antigen test

  • Opt-In: To participate, you must opt in by completing the online form.  By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration, report positive test results to LS, and administer the tests according to LS guidelines. 

This is the link for the student opt-in form: https://forms.gle/Hz9qxuyMg2sUALYT9

This is the link for the staff opt-in form: https://forms.gle/oSNh8WBvetnGGsXE7

  • Weekly: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit. Each kit contains two individual tests.  This allows for weekly testing. 

           When to test?  

                       You can pick a regular day of the week to test

                       You can test if you develop symptoms

                       You can test when identified to be in a positive pool

                       You can test when identified as a close contact

  • Reporting Positive Test Results: All positive test results should be reported to the high school.  You can write to [email protected] or use the positive reporting link: https://forms.gle/bTEMV9UCHwfuYVrN9 to submit results.  Provide the following information: date of positive result, full name, if you are student or staff, and best way to contact you.  

         Test result numbers for students and staff (no individual names) sent to the high school will become           part of our required weekly data reporting to the DESE website.  We will also provide the same                   information (just numbers, no names) to the local health department.  All results will remain                       confidential and individual results will never be made public.  

 It is recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result. 

 How do I administer the test?

  • Click here for a full “how to” written guide in various languages

  • Click here for a video of an individual self-testing

In addition to the new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with weekly PCR pool testing.  The regular collection day will continue to be Wednesday.  However, this week due to the mid-term period we will be collecting samples on Thursday.  Please see Link to COVID dashboard  to sign up for the pool testing and other updates.  

Thank you for your participation in our ongoing COVID testing programs and mitigation practices.  We appreciate that the state has provided us with several cost free options.  The multi-layered strategies have helped us support a safe learning environment for all members of our school community.   Thank you to our nursing, office, and facilities staff for facilitating the administration of the programs and to all of your participation.  

Sincerely, 

Bella Wong