Guidelines for Use - Home Test vs Laboratory Verified Test
Students, staff, educators, contractors and volunteers who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 should get tested to determine if they are infected, begin quarantine or isolation, and monitor themselves for symptoms, as recommended.
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5-7 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.
If your student is ill, please have them tested promptly at a CLIA-certified lab.
There has been a recent increase in the number of students returning to school with a pending COVID-19 test. If your child was tested for COVID-19 and you have not received the results, please keep your child home until the negative results are received! Delays in communications from the North Shore Health Department are frustrating for all of us, and we appreciate your cooperation with these procedures.
There has also been an increase in use of rapid home tests for COVID-19 detection and not reporting the results to the schools until well after the infectious period has ended. If you are using a home test, these are the required follow up steps:
- Report the positive results to the District immediately by sending a photo of the positive test to COVIDresults@shorewood.k12.wi.us
- Locate a CLIA certified lab and obtain a test. All PCR tests are free at any laboratory. Rapid antigen tests may have a cost at certain labs. A PCR test is strongly recommended.
- Please keep all children in the household (who are not fully vaccinated) home from school to begin quarantine. Review this information to determine if family members qualify as “fully vaccinated.”
- The District strongly recommends that a PCR test be performed to confirm the negative home test, especially for symptomatic individuals.
- Home tests cannot be used for approval to return to school if a child has 1 high risk or 2+ low risk symptoms, nor can they be used for the 7-day test-out option for quarantined close contacts. A test at a CLIA-certified lab is required.
FREE COVID-19 TESTING FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES, & STAFF
Holiday Expanded Testing Schedule
*On Thursday, January 20, the NSHD will host a Vaccine Clinic from 9:00am-5:00pm in the Village Center space. Advance registration is required so please call the NSHD at 414-371-2980 to schedule your appointment.
The regular testing schedule resumes Monday, January 24:
Tuesdays: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Fridays: 7:30 to 9:30 am
The Shorewood School District has partnered with Summit Clinical Laboratories to provide free, optional, diagnostic COVID-19 testing for students, their families, and staff.
Who Can Get Tested? Shorewood School District students, staff members (and their families), volunteers, as well as parents/guardians and siblings of students may choose to participate in this optional testing. Individuals who are asymptomatic OR symptomatic may get tested.
Testing Location and Schedule - Diagnostic testing by Summit Clinical Laboratories will take place in the Shorewood Village Center, in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211. Beginning September 9, 2021, testing will be offered on an ongoing basis on the following days:
- Tuesdays 7:30-9:30am
- Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm
- Fridays 7:30-9:30am
Street parking is available on Shorewood Blvd or Murray Ave, as well as in the lot off of Frederick Ave. Enter through the Murray Ave exterior door and the north meeting room doors will be open. Individuals are asked to remain in the meeting room for their entire visit.
Type of Test - Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing will be conducted. PCR tests have a turnaround time of approximately 24 to 48 hours. The actual times may vary based upon the amount of community testing and spread.
How to Get Tested - No appointment is needed to be tested at the District’s partnership testing site.
- Everyone will need to register on COVID Connect to be tested.
- Save time by completing the pre-registration in advance online via the COVID Connect website.
- Adults age 18+ may complete the registration before or at their visit.
- Important note: When prompted to “Select Test Center”, please click on “I’m being tested at a non-public site.”
- Upon completion of the pre-registration form, you will be emailed a QR code for each person.
- If you pre-register via COVID Connect, you will present your QR code upon arrival to the testing site.
- Consent for those Under the Age of 18:
- A parent/guardian will need to complete a consent form AND registration for each child prior to testing.
- The Summit Clinical Laboratories team can help register participants on COVID Connect in-person, but a parent/guardian must accompany minors to give the consent OR send this consent form signed with their minor the day of the testing.
- Parents/guardians need to sign the consent form one time prior to the first test and all future testing will be covered by the initial consent form.
How Will I Get My Results?
- Negative results: you will be emailed a secure link to view and print results.
- Positive results: you will be emailed a secure link to view and print results, and you will be called by contact tracing staff.
What Happens If I Test Positive for COVID-19? If you or your child test positive for COVID-19 you will receive a follow-up call from Health Department staff. Please immediately follow the steps on page 3 of the DHS document to start home isolation.
Why is COVID-19 Testing Important? Testing helps reduce community spread and keeps schools operating safely. Testing individuals who are symptomatic or close contacts helps enable rapid detection of cases in the school community and reduce or prevent school outbreaks.
Information about testing sites:
- TestUpMKE - All valid FDA approved tests in Milwaukee