Pooled Testing

Pooled Testing

Phoenix Elementary School District is partnering with Concentric to provide free COVID-19 pooled testing for students in all of our schools.

What is pooled testing?

  • Students in a classroom or cohort swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are sent to a lab and tested for COVID-19.
  • Lab results will indicate if the pool has a negative or positive test result.  Results are returned to the school nurse by the next morning.  If the pool is negative, students continue their learning as normal; but if the pool receives a positive test result, then students in that pool will immediately be called to the nurse’s office and given a rapid COVID-19 test.  The rapid test results are returned to the school nurse usually within a few hours and identify the student(s) who tested positive.
  • Pooled testing happens once a week for students whose parents give permission for their child to be tested for COVID-19.

 

What happens with the test results?

  • All results are kept confidential.
  • The school nurse will immediately notify parents of any student(s) who tests positive. Those students will be sent home and quarantined for 10 days.
  • Parents of students identified as being a close contact to the student(s) who tested positive will be notified and also quarantined for 10 days, or less if they are retested after 5 days and produce a negative test result.

 

Why is pooled testing important?

  • Pooled testing helps keep students in school and provides families with convenient and free weekly COVID-19 testing for students.

 

How do I sign my student up for pooled testing?

 

Where do I go for more information?