For individuals experiencing COVID symptoms or with a known exposure to COVID-19, testing is available through ResourcePath at Kenmore Middle School.
Weekly In-School Testing
Arlington Public Schools strongly encourages all students and staff to sign up for free weekly COVID testing as part of our overall pandemic strategy to keep each other safe. Families must opt in to allow students to be tested weekly in school.
How to OPT IN to Testing:
- If this is your first time participating:
- If your student participated last year:
- You should renew your consent directly through the PrimaryHealth portal. Instructions were sent to the email you previously registered with. If you need assistance renewing consent, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly In-School Testing Schedule
Staff required to participate in weekly surveillance as part of their exemption from the vaccination mandate should get tested during their two-hour time block for their work location. If you miss your scheduled testing block, you can receive a make-up test at Syphax Education Center during the Friday testing window.
|School||Day of the week||Testing Time|
|Dorothy Hamm Middle||Monday||7:30am – 9:30am|
|Carlin Springs Elementary||Monday||10:30am – 12:00pm|
|Montessori Public School of Arlington||Monday||1:30pm-3:30pm|
|Arlington Community High||Monday||8:30am-10:30am|
|Nottingham Elementary||Monday||11:30am – 1:00 pm|
|Thomas Jefferson Middle||Tuesday||7:30am-9:30am|
|Long Branch Elementary||Tuesday||8am-10am|
|Alice West Fleet Elementary||Tuesday||11am-1pm|
|Eunice Kennedy Shriver||Wednesday||11:30am-1:30pm|
|Claremont Immersion Elementary||Wednesday||8am-10am|
|Williamsburg Middle School||Wednesday||11:00am – 1:00pm|
|Hoffman Boston Elementary||Wednesday||2:00pm – 3:30 pm|
|Arlington Traditional School||Thursday||8:00am-9:30am|
|Integration Station||Thursday||8 – 9 am|
|Barrett Elementary||Thursday||10:00am – 12:00pm|
|Arlington Science Focus School||Thursday||1:00pm – 2:00pm|
|Facilities & Operations (Trades Center)||Friday||9:30am-10:30am|
|Wakefield High School||Friday||11:30am -1:00pm|
|Yorktown High||Friday||10:30am – 12:00pm|
|Syphax Education Center||Friday||1:00pm-5:00pm|
|Kenmore Middle School||Friday||7:30am – 9:30am|
Weekly Optional Asymptomatic Testing – How It Works
Arlington Public Schools in partnership with Aegis Sciences Corp conducts asymptomatic weekly testing of students and staff using individual PCR test collection. In the weekly testing program, all participants who sign up are given a soft cotton swab to insert into both nostrils approximately 1.5 inches. The cotton swab is then placed in an individual test kit, and samples are scanned for COVID-19 using a “pooled” testing process for efficiency and timeliness, at the laboratory. If a sample in the pool comes back positive, the identified positive individual sample will be run a second time by itself to confirm. Other participants in the pool will not be required to quarantine. Pooling reduces the amount of time required to test large numbers of students without limiting effectiveness.Weekly testing programs have proven to be successful across the country in K-12 settings to keep students in the classroom and schools open, stopping outbreaks before COVID-19 has a chance to spread.
Results: PCR-RT test results are typically available 24 to 48 hours and are emailed directly to parents.
More information on pool-based PCR testing:
- Pooling specimens allows the laboratory to test more individuals using fewer testing materials. Pooling is safe and effective and can also increase efficiency and reduce the cost of testing.
- Pooling reduces test sensitivity to ensure an accurate baseline for all pooled samples.
- Pooling is a testing methodology that can be used when performing Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) provided the test has received an FDA authorization for pooling.
Strategized Surveillance Program Overview
- Students participating in testing will be able to administer the PCR mid-nasal swab with the support and supervision of a provider. It is a quick and easy process that takes place at a set time weekly for their school.
- At the laboratory, technicians will receive the individual PCR mid-nasal swabs from the school and create a pool not exceed 6 students and run as a group through one laboratory test, preserving the original individual test collected. This method of testing does not impact the integrity of individual samples collected.
- If a pool comes up positive, the lab uses an formula to determine which samples to test for confirmation of which student(s) are positive. These confirmation results will be followed up with a running of the individual sample(s) identified to confirm positive status.
- Families receive definitive confirmation of the positive results after individual sample(s) are confirmed within 12-24 hours.
- Students in the pool will not need to quarantine during this process unless they are identified as a suspected case using the algorithm on the pooled samples.
- In select circumstances an additional sample may need to be obtained in order to ensure test result assurance.
Discontinue Participation – Optional (opt-out)
Students and staff who wish to discontinue participation in optional testing through Aegis Science Corp may do so by providing their request in writing using the following form Aegis Science Corp Opt Out. To log into the form please enter your student’s ID number with a S as the prefix (e.g., S1234567). Opt out requests are every Wednesday at 5 PM for the following week.