FREE Covid-19 Testing

FREE Covid-19 Testing
Posted on 11/02/2021

FREE Covid-19 Testing

CLICK ON THE LINKS  to the letters below for registration locations:

Letter to Staff
Letter to Parents

As part of steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our school open for in-person learning, Suffolk Public Schools will offer a free COVID-19 Testing Program for students and staff in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health.

Regular testing will help protect our students, staff, family members, and others who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19. Through this program, we will be able to identify COVID-19 cases quickly and early, which can help us stop an outbreak before it happens.

Additionally, we will be able to offer testing for those who have symptoms of COVID-19, even if vaccinated, or who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This will help us keep students and staff in the classroom and able to
take part in the school activities.

We recommend everyone complete the consent and registration process for both the symptomatic and screening testing programs, as these are two different types of testing.

To learn more or register your child for screening, please visit
*SPS Teachers and Staff should also use the same link

***Any student participating in athletics and extracurricular activities who is not fully vaccinated or participating in the TestingWorks! screening testing program will need to submit negative COVID test results each Monday.

The specimen collection should not be dated prior to the previous Monday. For questions regarding acceptable tests, please refer to the FAQs on the Suffolk Public Schools athletics page.

Testing Works Q&A:
Who will be tested?
We will offer testing to everyone—all students and staff—even if they don’t have symptoms of
COVID-19. Testing is voluntary but highly recommended. It is free of cost to you so no insurance information is needed, nor will you ever be asked to pay for these tests.

How is the testing done?
Testing will primarily be done through self-swabbing and monitored by trained
staff on site for our screening program and utilize PCR testing. Screening will be done by gently swabbing the inner part of the lower nostril. This test is not painful. We do not use the longer swabs that reach higher into the nose.

Where and when is the testing done?
Our school’s screening testing site will be school specific and will take place weekly.

How will I get my child’s results?
Screening results and communication will be shared electronically to the email and contact information used for registration. We recommend you register electronically through the link here which also allows you to consent to testing. We have paper-based consent options available and the ability to receive results via a hotline. Results will be available within 24-48 hours from collection.

What happens if my child is positive?
If your child tests positive, the school will contact you directly. Your child should
remain at home and isolate from others until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, and symptom improvement.

How can I be sure that my child’s information will be protected?
Sharing of information about your child will only be done for public health purposes and in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your child’s data. Everyone with access to results is required to undergo full HIPAA training on these requirements.