Those who register are encouraged to complete their consent form prior to arriving at the field house for testing. A link to the consent form should be included in your confirmation email and in an email reminder.
If a student is experiencing any new symptoms the day of their scheduled test, please do not come to the Field House. Instead, please report your symptoms on the LFHS screener and contact your healthcare provider directly.
What Kind of Test?
Some families have asked about the type of test that will be used in January. We will use the Abbott BinaxNOW test. BinaxNOW is an EAU-authorized, rapid diagnostic test for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 antigen. This rapid test is self-administered (under observation) with a nasal swab and less invasive than the nasopharyngeal test most commonly associated with COVID-19 testing. Details on the BinaxNOW test may be found here.
Why is Gateway Testing Mandatory?
We want to open Lake Forest High School on January 19, and keep it open. Just as we know that washing hands, watching our distance, and wearing a mask are very effective ways to mitigate risk, we also know that testing works.
We have received questions from the community regarding our authority to require COVID-19 testing for e-hybrid in-person students. Under the Illinois School Code, school districts have the authority to mandate viral tests for students just as we require current health, dental, and vision examinations. The School Code also gives Illinois schools the authority to make operational decisions to protect the health and safety of those in our building. Members of the community have also asked about CDC guidance indicating that school testing should be offered on a voluntary basis. While we respect the CDC, we see no credible basis for its conclusion and are not legally obligated by it.
Filing for an Exception
Allowing exceptions increases the risk that an asymptomatic student could spread the virus to other members of the school community, putting both their health and in-person instruction at risk. Families may request an exception from the mandatory gateway testing requirement that will be reviewed on an individual basis. This includes requests for alternative tests and test providers. If you would like to learn more about this process or have other questions about COVID-19 testing, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming so many of our students into the building on Tuesday, January 19, and ask for your continued commitment to our mitigation efforts in an effort to keep our doors open and maintain continuity of learning for our students.