The District identified three possible vendors in its research: Safeguard Surveillance, LLC, Add Your Labs, and University of Illinois - SHIELD. Factors considered included the type of test, collection process, turnaround time, experience in schools, and cost.
It was determined Safeguard Surveillance, LLC, was the best fit for the District's needs. The projected number of tests is 3,000/weekly at $11 per test with a total expense of $429,000 for 13 weeks. The final cost will be dependent upon participation rates. The Board voted to approve the contract 6-0 (1 Board member absent but supported the vote through a written statement).