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Student Pooled Testing for Covid-19

  • Framingham Public Schools is offering a free COVID-19 testing program as part of its overall health and safety protocol and COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy. The district is partnering with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and CIC to manage the COVID-19 screening testing program.

    Pooled testing for COVID-19 is when several people’s specimens are tested in one batch, saving time and resources. It is an efficient and cost-effective way to detect COVID-19 in a school or class. If a pooled test result is negative, then all the people in the batch are negative. If the pooled test result is positive, it indicates that one or more individuals in the pool may be positive for COVID-19. The students in the positive pool will be administered an individual PCR test to determine who is positive for COVID-19.

    The program is available to all pre-K-12 students and staff. Testing is available weekly for all participating students during in-person learning. Students have the option to participate in pooled testing, using a shallow nasal swab. Although this program is voluntary, participation is strongly encouraged. Greater participation will allow the district to quickly identify positive cases, quarantine them, and contact trace to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the school community.

Objectives of Testing

    • Contain the spread of COVID-19 in our schools
    • Allow our schools to remain open safely
    • Increase safety in the school community by identifying and isolating infected people who are asymptomatic 
    • Increase comfort and peace of mind for students and staff in our school building
    • Understand the incidence of COVID-19 in Framingham Public Schools to better inform district decision making regarding what model of learning is appropriate
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