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Pooled PCR testing (using a small nasal swab that the child will swab themselves) will begin at Wilshire Park (WP) on Wednesday, Dec. 15, and at St. Anthony Middle School (SAMS) and St. Anthony Village High School (SAVHS) on Thursday, Dec. 16.  

  • For testing at WP: we will visit each classroom and pull students who have signed up for testing.  
  • For testing at SAMS/SAVHS: testing will take place near the cafeteria during lunch periods.  
  • There is no cost for this service; it is provided free of charge to you and our school district. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Important—parental/guardian consent is required:

If you are still interested in pooled testing, but have not signed up yet, please see information below.

What is Pooled Surveillance PCR testing? 

  • Surveillance PCR testing will help schools identify infected individuals without symptoms who may be contagious and prompt action can be taken to prevent further transmission. It allows for the efficient testing of people when there is a low incidence of infection in the population and continues in-person learning without interruption. Pooling allows the testing laboratories to expand their testing capacity. To help test more students and staff, the lab will combine 5-10 samples to create a “pool.”
  • When a pooled test result is negative, all samples in the pool are presumed negative. 
  • If the pool has a positive result, then each sample will be re-tested at the lab to determine those that are positive.

How does the pooled surveillance PCR test work and how often does testing occur?

  • The pooled surveillance PCR testing program will be offered once a week and uses a non-painful technique with a short nasal swab.
  • Students will gently swab the inside of their own nose while a trained school staff person is present.
  • School staff will send the samples to a laboratory for testing the same day.

How do I get my student’s results?

  • For pooled surveillance PCR testing, results will be returned within 24-48 hours. Parents/guardians and staff can log on to the Midwest Coordination Center's web portal to access the test result through a password protected site. This system aligns with privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • To find out more about the pooled surveillance PCR testing program go to https://testedandprotected.org
  • You will get an email from the Midwest Coordination Center where you will sign a consent for testing and a HIPAA consent. If these are completed by 8 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, your child will be included in this week's pooled testing. 

Questions specifically about testing within SANB can be sent to cuehealth@isd282.org.


COVID-19 vaccine clinics nearby:

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics offered through Hennepin County. Visit the Hennepin website to see information on dates, locations and to register. $50 gift cards while supplies last.

Website: COVID-19 response | Hennepin County

These events currently have open appointments:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 14, 4-8 p.m. (5-11 year-olds only). District 287 South Education Center, 7450 Penn Ave, Richfield.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1-6 p.m. (12+ year-olds only). Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 21, 4:30-8:30 p.m. (5-11 year-olds only). Robbinsdale Middle School (main gym), 3730 Toledo Ave N., Robbinsdale.