COVID-19 Viral Testing Program for CVESD Students and Staff

EMAIL MESSAGE SENT FROM OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

You will receive an email and text message from a company called “Primary” to register for the CVESD COVID-19 Antigen Testing Program. 

We are proud to announce the launch of a new, free COVID-19 viral testing program—a “rapid” antigen testing program that will provide results in as little as 15 minutes. The program is part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategy and is made possible through the training and support of medical professionals. 

Next week, April 12 – 16, testing hours at the Education Services and Support Center, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA  91910 will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and students will be invited to test.  At this location, we will have on-demand testing, which means that we are accepting walk-ins, no appointments are necessary. 

On April 19, we will start a two-week rotation at each of our school sites.  These testing opportunities will be by appointment. 

Juarez Lincoln will offer testing every other Tuesday, beginning April 20, 2021.

For your convenience you will be able to make appointments at any CVESD school if it works better for your schedule.  In addition, employees and students will have the opportunity to test at the Education Services and Support Center, 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA  91910, every Friday if you are unable to attend your school’s testing or would like to be tested more frequently.   

Each student and staff member will receive an email and text message with a link to register from a company called “Primary,” so check your inbox (and junk/spam mail).  Click on the link to register/provide consent before you arrive, and it will save you time once you arrive on site to be tested.  Please note the link is personalized, so please do not share it with others.  When you have registered once, you will not need to register again to make future appointments. You will not be able to change specific information in the registration process but can ask a testing staff member to make changes for you while on site. Texts and emails form Primary will be sent to your contacts on file with the district as of 4/7/2021.

Once testing starts at schools, students do not need to be accompanied by an adult, IF the parent has already provided consent through the on-line registration process and an appointment is made; however, students will not be taken out of academic instruction on site for testing.  Please make appointments for students before and after their academic instruction on site.   

Diagnostic tests that determine if someone has an active COVID-19 infection fall into two categories: antigen tests, which are mostly used for rapid testing, and molecular and PCR tests. Antigen tests, also called rapid diagnostic tests, detect specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. 

IMPORTANT: If an employee or student is experiencing symptoms, we ask you to get a PCR test at a free county facility or with a medical provider. Unfortunately, the antigen tests used by CVESD cannot be used for return to work or school if an individual is symptomatic, per the County’s Symptom Decision Tree.  The antigen testing program is for surveillance purposes, in order to quickly determine if individuals are positive and remove such individuals and their contacts from campus as soon as possible.  

If you have any trouble registering or need information changed in the system, please visit any of the testing locations and testing staff can assist you and provide testing at that time. If the information is wrong in the registration system, please also contact your school to ensure the information is changed in the school database. Please do not call the school to change information in the testing registration site.  

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