13 Sep 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?
- Complete Concentric’s COVID-19 Pooled Testing Consent form (found below) and return it to your school nurse … it’s that easy!
Where do I go for more information?
- To see how pooled testing actually works, view:
- For more information on pooled testing, contact your school nurse or principal.