COVID-19 Testing

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APS provides FREE COVID-19 testing (symptomatic and asymptomatic) in-school for students, with parent/guardian consent, and staff. Walk-up testing is also available after school hours.

Go to the ResourcePath website for consent forms and appointments at Kenmore Middle School, for testing for symptoms and back-to school exposure clearance.

All testing is free with no out-of-pocket charges, regardless of whether or not you are insured.

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Consent is required before testing:

Parents/guardians and staff must complete the Intake and Consent form for EACH individual tested. You will only have to fill out the intake and consent form once no matter how many times you get tested. All information on the form is protected under HIPAA.

INTAKE/CONSENT FORMS:
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Symptomatic PCR-RT test results are typically available 24 to 48 hours and are emailed to parents. For those students or staff who test positive, the laboratory Medical Director will call directly to relay the results and provide specific advice regarding further action.

APS is providing the free testing in partnership with ResourcePath, a CLIA-licensed and College of American Pathologists accredited molecular diagnostics laboratory.

Walk-up testing sites after school hours at Kenmore Middle and Wakefield High Schools provide trained staff to assist in mid-nasal swab testing using the RT-PCR test: https://www.resourcepath.net/covid-19-testing-at-aps/


Asymptomatic Strategized Surveillance Testing

Arlington Public Schools in partnership with ResourcePath conducts asymptomatic strategized surveillance testing.  Under a strategized surveillance testing model, testing is maximized for efficiency without compromising sensitivity or rapid identification of positive individuals.  This means that in less time laboratories are able to identify more positive cases with less resources.  This testing is conducted using PCR pooling to identify asymptomatic based spread in schools.  This program requires that parents opt into the program using the existing intake and consent forms labeled weekly surveillance testing located on the Resource Path website.  Pool testing or pooled testing—means combining the same type of specimen from several people and conducting one laboratory test on the combined pool of specimens to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  Pooled tests that return positive results will require each specimen in the pool to be retested individually to determine which individual(s) are positive.  The advantages of pooling include preserving testing reagents and resources, reducing the amount of time required to test large numbers of specimens (increasing throughput), and lowering the overall cost of testing.  Key points on pool based PCR testing:

  • Pooling specimens allows the laboratory to increase the volume of testing while using fewer testing materials. Pooling can also increase efficiency (time and labor) and reduce the overall cost of testing.
  • Pooling reduces test sensitivity to ensure an accurate baseline for all pooled samples.
  • Pooling specimens 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 strategized surveillance testing will administer an individual PCR mid-nasal swab under the direction and supervision of a provider during the dedicated two hours 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.  During this method of testing the identity and integrity of individual samples collected as part of the program are maintained.  If a pool were to come up as a positive, the laboratory uses an algorithm to determine which samples to test for confirmation of which student(s) within the pool are positive.  These confirmation results will be followed up with a running of the individual sample(s) identified to confirm positive status.

During the confirmation period, the suspected positive student(s) in the pool who are identified using the algorithm will be excluded from in person instruction and activities.  The family can expect to receive definitive confirmation of the positive results after individual sample(s) are ran for confirmation which on average is 12-24 hours.  The entire participants 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.

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 an employee misses their two hour block they may go the immediate next day to at comprehensive high school (e.g., Wakefield, Washington-Liberty, Yorktown) between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM.

School Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Abingdon Elementary School 7:30-9:30
Alice West Fleet Elementary School 8:30 – 10:30
Arlington Career Center 7:30- 9:30
Arlington Community High School 11:30-1:30
Arlington Science Focus School 8:30-10:30
Arlington Traditional School 1:30-3:30
Ashlawn Elementary School 2:00-4:00
Barcroft Elementary School 11:30-1:30
Campbell Elementary School 10:30- 12:30
Cardinal Elementary School 10:00-12:00
Carlin Springs Elementary School 1:30-3:00
Claremont Immersion 1:00-4:00
Discovery  Elementary School 11:30-1:30
Dorothy Hamm Middle School 7:30-9:30
Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School 10:00-12:00
Escuela Key School 12:00 – 2:00
Eunice Shriver Program 1:00-1:30
Glebe Elementary School 2:00-4:00
Gunston Middle School 7:30-11:00
H-B Woodlawn Secondary 2:00-4:30
Hoffman Boston Elementary School 8:30-10:30
Innovation Elementary School 11:30-1:30
Jamestown  Elementary School 8:30-10:30
Kenmore Middle School 10:00-12:00
KW Barrett  Elementary School 10:30-12:30
Langston and New Directions 2:00-3:30
Long Branch  Elementary School 8:00-10:00
Montessori Public School of Arlington 2:00-4:00
Nottingham Elementary School 11:30-1:30
Oakridge Elementary School 12:00-2:00
Randolph Elementary School 1:30-3:30
Swanson Middle School 7:30-9:30
Syphax Education Center 2:00-4:00
Taylor Elementary School 2:00-4:00
Thomas Jefferson Middle School 7:30-9:30
Trades Center 2:00-4:00
Tuckahoe Elementary School 8:30-10:30
Wakefield High School 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30
Washington-Liberty High School 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30
Williamsburg Middle School 10:00-1:00
Yorktown High School 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30 10:30-6:30

Discontinue Participation (opt-out)

Students and staff who wish to discontinue participation in voluntary strategized surveillance testing through ResourcePath may do so by providing their request in writing to ResourcePath via the following link: apsvassurveillanceoptout.  Parents/Guardians should enter their student ID number by using S plus the number (e.g., S1234567) instead of just the number (e.g., 1234567).  Opt out requests are processed every Thursday at 5 PM for the following week.

 

 


About ResourcePath

ResourcePath is a CLIA-licensed and College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited high complexity laboratory specializing in pathologic consulting and molecular diagnostics. ResourcePath combines expertise in research and development to address important diagnostic needs in oncology and emerging infectious diseases.

ResourcePath has performed over 90,000 RT-PCR tests for clients in Northern Virginia and supports Arlington County Free Testing Events, multiple Long Term Care Facilities, and other congregate care facilities in Arlington County. They also offer daily drive-up testing services at its laboratory in Sterling.