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What is pooled testing?
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Pooled testing involves mixing several individuals’ test samples together into one “pool” and then testing the pooled sample for COVID-19. This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested at one time and allows us to regularly test our school community for COVID-19. 
 
The pooled tests will be performed once per week with a shallow nasal swab for all participating students and staff members. Schools will receive the pool results within 24-48 hours. If the result of the pool is negative, then all individuals are presumed to not have COVID-19. If the result of the pool is positive, then all individuals in the pool must be retested individually. Because pooled testing does not give individual results, you will only be notified if your child requires follow-up testing. Our school will be providing the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test for follow-up testing, so that students or staff in a positive pool can be tested as soon as possible and receive individual results in 15 minutes.  Additionally,  individual PCR testing will be available to all pool participants of the Newburyport Public Schools if the BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test does not reveal the positive pool member.
 

Why is NPS Pool testing?
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As Newburyport Public Schools continues its phased approach to providing more students with in-person learning, protocols such as masks, hand washing, and physical distancing are in place and have been proving effective in minimizing risk of COVID-19 transmission among students and staff. To enhance these essential mitigation strategies, Newburyport Public Schools will be providing voluntary pool testing to students and staff. Pool testing allows school districts to quickly identify and isolate asymptomatic individuals. By participating in pool testing NPS will have another tool to stop the spread of COVID-19 within our buildings and throughout the community. Having a high number of participants in pool testing will provide a better understanding of the presence of COVID-19, and maximize our ability to remain open and to bring more students into the building.

How is the test administered?
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The test will be administered in classrooms. It is a simple nasal swab and takes just seconds. Check out this video:
 
WHAT IS CLASSROOM POOLING?
It’s a method that combines test samples from one classroom group or cohort into one tube that’s then tested. CIC Health provides an anterior-nasal swab test (a short swab no longer than a typical Q-tip). It is quick and painless!
 
To protect student/staff privacy, the names from the classroom group or cohort who are in a test pool are not shared with CIC Health. Those names stay with the school only.

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STUDENT CONSENT FORMS (ALL)

A Note on the Consent Forms
 
We will need a consent form for each student before we can test. Parents will complete the consent form on Project Beacon (see links below) or by paper copy. The Project Beacon consent form is a confidential, HIPAA compliant form that authorizes the school to include your child in our weekly pool tests and any necessary individual diagnostic follow up tests (in the event a pool is positive). For more details, please see the DESE FAQ page.
 
The consent forms are school specific. Be sure to access the correct form for your child's school. If you make an error and submit a form to the wrong school, contact that school’s nursing staff, and let them know. You will only need to submit a consent form once.
 
Be sure to select 'create new account' and since you are completing this consent form for your child, select 'secondary profile'.
 
STUDENT CONSENT FORMS
 
 
 

BRESNAHAN

A Note on the Consent Forms
 
We will need a consent form for each student before we can test. Parents will complete the consent form on Project Beacon (see links below) or by paper copy. The Project Beacon consent form is a confidential, HIPAA compliant form that authorizes the school to include your child in our weekly pool tests and any necessary individual diagnostic follow up tests (in the event a pool is positive). For more details, please see the DESE FAQ page.
 
The consent forms are school specific. Be sure to access the correct form for your child's school. If you make an error and submit a form to the wrong school, contact that school’s nursing staff, and let them know. You will only need to submit a consent form once.
 
Be sure to select 'create new account' and since you are completing this consent form for your child, select 'secondary profile'.
 
 
 

MOLIN

A Note on the Consent Forms
 
We will need a consent form for each student before we can test. Parents will complete the consent form on Project Beacon (see links below) or by paper copy. The Project Beacon consent form is a confidential, HIPAA compliant form that authorizes the school to include your child in our weekly pool tests and any necessary individual diagnostic follow up tests (in the event a pool is positive). For more details, please see the DESE FAQ page.
 
The consent forms are school specific. Be sure to access the correct form for your child's school. If you make an error and submit a form to the wrong school, contact that school’s nursing staff, and let them know. You will only need to submit a consent form once.
 
Be sure to select 'create new account' and since you are completing this consent form for your child, select 'secondary profile'.
 
 
 

NOCK

A Note on the Consent Forms
 
We will need a consent form for each student before we can test. Parents will complete the consent form on Project Beacon (see links below) or by paper copy. The Project Beacon consent form is a confidential, HIPAA compliant form that authorizes the school to include your child in our weekly pool tests and any necessary individual diagnostic follow up tests (in the event a pool is positive). For more details, please see the DESE FAQ page.
 
The consent forms are school specific. Be sure to access the correct form for your child's school. If you make an error and submit a form to the wrong school, contact that school’s nursing staff, and let them know. You will only need to submit a consent form once.
 
Be sure to select 'create new account' and since you are completing this consent form for your child, select 'secondary profile'.
 
 
 

NHS

A Note on the Consent Forms
 
We will need a consent form for each student before we can test. Parents will complete the consent form on Project Beacon (see links below) or by paper copy. The Project Beacon consent form is a confidential, HIPAA compliant form that authorizes the school to include your child in our weekly pool tests and any necessary individual diagnostic follow up tests (in the event a pool is positive). For more details, please see the DESE FAQ page.
 
The consent forms are school specific. Be sure to access the correct form for your child's school. If you make an error and submit a form to the wrong school, contact that school’s nursing staff, and let them know. You will only need to submit a consent form once.
 
Be sure to select 'create new account' and since you are completing this consent form for your child, select 'secondary profile'.
 

STAFF

STAFF CONSENT FORMS: