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Take-Home Antigen Test Information

Take-Home Antigen Test Information

Dear BPS Families,

We are writing to let you know, in accordance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), our district is updating our COVID-19 Testing Program, effective February 1, 2022. We are opting into an at-home testing program that will increase testing of our participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about this update to the statewide testing program, please click here.

In addition to this new at-home antigen test option, we will continue with routine COVID safety checks (pooled testing). As part of this shift in the program, we are discontinuing Test and Stay for unvaccinated individuals and discontinuing contact tracing for all in-school close contacts. This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opted-in by the January 28, 2022 will receive tests during the initial distribution.

Distribution of the test kits will take place during the week of February 7, 2022. If you missed the first enrollment timeframe, we strongly encourage you to fill out the form by February 9, 2022 in order to opt-in to the next distribution, which will take place the week of February 14, 2022. If you have questions, please contact your school’s nurse.

Overview: At-Home Rapid Testing Program

  • About the Test: iHealth is a 15-minute at-home FDA Emergency Use Authorized antigen test.
  • If you choose to participate,
  • By opting in, you agree to review the training materials for test administration, administer the tests according to Belmont Public School guidelines, and report positive test results to your student’s school nurse per the protocol below.
  • Recommended use for at-home antigen tests are when an individual is:
    • Experiencing symptoms (test before returning to school)
    • Deemed to be a close contact (test on day 5 or later)

In addition, these tests can be used for surveillance. While antigen tests are not typically used for surveillance, DESE recommends testing three (3) days after your school based routine COVID safety checks (pooled testing) are administered. For example, if you pooled tested at school on Monday, you could conduct an at-home antigen test on Thursday

  • Distribution of Kits: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth at-home rapid test kit. Each kit contains two individual tests. You may administer one test each week. Test kits will be delivered to homerooms for distribution for students in grades Pre-K – 8. The initial distribution will take place the week of February 7, 2022. BHS administration is working on the details for high school student distribution. Stay tuned for more information
  • Reporting Positive Test Results: If your student tests positive on an at-home antigen test, you must inform their school nurse of the positive result using the appropriate school absence form found on the symptom checker page HERE. Please select your student’s school form from the list. The school will keep the results confidential and will not make individual results public. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result.
  • Easy, Free, and Flexible: This test is administered at home (not at school), reducing the burden on school staff and time to administer tests and increasing a family’s flexibility to do testing in the home for free.

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

Administer test steps 1-4Administer test steps 5-8

How do I submit results?

  • Submit Results: You must submit positive test results to your student’s school. Click here to submit positive test your results.
  • Confidentiality: Positive test results are shared with your school district for informational purposes only. Individual results will remain confidential, and they will never be made public.

Please refer to the FAQ page for further information
Thank you,
BPS Nurses

Categories: Health Notices, COVID-19 Update