SHIELD Testing at DPS 109 Facilities
Deerfield Public Schools District 109 is pleased to work with SHIELD Illinois to provide saliva-based screening testing for students and staff. Testing will be available at each building every third attendance day. Please check out the FAQ below and click on the pages on the left for more information.
Reminder: "No news is good news." If the test result is negative, you will NOT hear from anyone at DPS 109.
SHIELD TESTING FAQ
WHAT IS SHIELD TESTING?
SHIELD is an innovative, saliva-based test created by the University of Illinois. You can read more about it at https://www.uillinois.edu/shield
HOW OFTEN WILL TESTING OCCUR?
Our plan calls to test in each building every third attendance day. There will be two testing teams: one to handle the east side (Kipling, Walden, Shepard) and one to handle the west side (South Park, Wilmot, Caruso). Every day they will rotate to one of these three buildings. You can see the schedule on the schedule page. We will evaluate how our testing protocol is going and may determine at some point that more or less frequent testing is needed.
IS SHIELD TESTING MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS?
Yes, the Board has determined that participation in testing is mandatory for those opting for in person learning. There are exemptions for religious or medical reasons. All families need to sign a consent form prior to their student participating in SHIELD testing.
WHERE/WHEN IS THE TESTING?
All testing will take place at each of our six facilities, either in the gym or MPR (a larger room within each building). Classes will have assigned times on their testing day. All testing will take place during the school day.
WHO IS DOING THE TESTING?
The district has hired two testing teams that will cover the east and west sides of towns to supervise the testing implementation and ensure proper steps are being followed.
WHY DOES THE TESTING HAVE TO HAPPEN AT SCHOOL? WHY NOT AT HOME?
Testing must take place in school due to CLIA protocols and to ensure that test takers are not eating or drinking prior to testing.
WHY CAN'T WE EAT OR DRINK ONE HOUR PRIOR TO TESTING?
The test developers say that doing so may provide an invalid sample or inconclusive result.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE TOWN HALL THAT DPS 109 DID WITH SHIELD ILLINOIS?
Here is a link to the one-hour town hall held on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST?
It is free for students and staff. The district is picking up the cost of the testing.
WHEN WILL RESULTS BE AVAILABLE?
Samples will be picked up daily by a courier and transported to a SHIELD Illinois lab. Results will generally be available the next day.
HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
If the test is negative, you will not hear from the school district.
If the test is positive, a school nurse or administrator will call the positive individual or their parent/guardian.
WILL MY CHILD'S PEDIATRICIAN GET A COPY OF THE RESULTS?
The school district will not send a copy of your child's test results to their pediatrician. Per state protocols, IDPH automatically receives notice of a positive case