Pooled Testing

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POOLED TESTING PROGRAM FOR COVID-19 BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1

At Evergreen School District, we seek to maintain a safe environment for employees, students, families, and the community. To support those goals, we have partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to provide voluntary and free pooled testing. 

Participation at ESD Elementary Schools as of September 15, 2021

Pooled Testing Participation by School

 

Pooled Testing Participation by Numbers


US health officials are increasingly proposing pooled testing -- mixing several people's biological samples and examining them in a single test -- to drastically boost the country's capacity to identify and contain coronavirus cases.

The benefits could be plenty. Health experts say more surveillance testing -- especially to find infected people who are without symptoms -- could help contain the spread and let places like schools stay open safely.

How parents can help

But first, we need your help. We are requesting each family participate in this program to help safeguard the well being of our entire school community. Please sign the consent request below and read the attached overview from Concentric to answer some questions you may have.

To get started, please fill out the consent form with your permission to perform a COVID-19 pooled test for your student. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone. 

  1. First, go to the Testing Consent Form
  2. Then, enter your school's access code. (See below)
  3. Finally, enter your child’s information, and you’re done!

Note: If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please complete the process once for each child. 

What is pooled testing? 

Pooling can test 25 people using one test. All students in a class, pod, or cohort swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test. See it in action here.

Why pooled testing? Why should my student participate?

You know the old saying: “knowledge is power.” Tools like pooled testing empower us to make great decisions. Without knowing the specific prevalence of COVID-19 in our school, it’s tough for us to make informed decisions about safeguarding our school community, returning to school, or continuing in-person learning.

Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. If you do not want your family to participate, your student will not be included in the testing program. Though, we hope you do!

Testing empowers us to make these informed decisions about in-person learning and allows students, teachers, and staff to come to school with peace of mind.

Additional pooled testing references

To learn more about pooled testing, watch this video from another school using this service. More information can be found in these links to Concentric’s pooled testing program:

What is Pooled Testing
Why Participate in Pooled Testing
About Pooled Testing
Swabbing Instructions

You can also visit Concentric by Ginkgo’s website. Testing will begin Wednesday, September 1.