Covid-19 Screening at GISB

Covid-19 Screening at GISB

GISB has implemented a mandatory weekly pooled surveillance testing for students and staff starting February 22, 2021, in order to be able to identify & isolate asymptomatic carriers of the COVID-19 virus, thus enhancing the health & safety of our community. Surveillance testing is an additional layer of security and is intended to complement – and not replace – our previously implemented safety protocols such as social distancing, mask-wearing, disinfection, etc.

Testing Schedule:

Students and staff are tested weekly and testing dates depend on which grade a student is in. Lower Campus teachers, Elementary school class teachers, and ASP teachers will be tested together with their respective grades. For Middle and High School teachers as well as admin staff, the test sample drop off day is Wednesday. 

WhoTest Kit Distribution Test Sample Drop Off
Lower CampusMondayTuesday
Klassen 1 – 4TuesdayWednesday
Grades 5/7/9/10 (A week)MondayWednesday
Grades 5/7/9/10 (B week)Friday (prev. week)Tuesday
Grades 6/8/11/12 (A week)Friday (prev. week)Tuesday
Grades 6/8/11/12 (B week)MondayWednesday

Klicken Sie hier for a detailed testing calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

To participate in the program, you will have to complete the following steps:

  1. Submit the Consent Form until February 12, 2021
  2. Receive weekly test kit at the school on distribution day 
  3. Register kit online. The Online Registration Form will ask you to enter the barcode on your sample vial. You will need to enter the barcode twice as a safety measure. This process ensures that the barcode is your unique identifier.
  4. Collect saliva at home 
  5. Drop off kit the next day

Test Kit Distribution & Drop Off:

WhoTest Kit DistributionTest Sample Drop Off
Lower Campus Teachers put the test kit into the children’s bags to send them home.Parents to hand test samples to teachers during drop off.
Grades 1 – 12Test kits are distributed to students in their classrooms.Test samples are collected during the first period on drop-off day.
  • Collect the test sample on the morning of drop-off day. Samples do not need to be refrigerated. Please note that samples need to be returned for each student individually.
  • Important: Parents/guardians need to complete the Online Registration Form each week BEFORE returning the test sample to school.
  • Test samples need to be submitted to the school by 11:00 am on sample drop-off day at the latest. Please see the FAQs for additional information about late tests and absences.

How to Collect a Test Sample:

GISB uses “SalivaClearTM,” a saliva-based COVID-19 RT-PCR surveillance testing solution offered by Mirimus Clinical Labs. The sample self-collection approach is simple, safe, and noninvasive and does not require a doctor or nurse to be present. 

FAQs:

The following document lists many common questions about the testing method we are using and GISB’s testing procedures and policies. The document will be updated regularly. 

Do you have any further questions?

  • For general policy and procedure questions, please contact Tina Haarbusch. 
  • For personal medical questions, please contact GISB Nurse Rachel Evans.