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COVID screening for students

Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians,

We are one of 165 schools across the state participating in Operation Expanded Testing, a federally funded, VOLUNTARY covid-screening program. We will be able to identify COVID-19 cases, which can help us stop an outbreak before it happens. This will help keep students in the classroom and be able to take part in the school activities they love.

On Wednesday, October 20, we will be holding our first screening event during school hours. This test is intended for asymptomatic students. If your child is showing symptoms of covid-like illness, or have been identified as a close contact of a covid-positive individual, do not come to school. Please seek testing at an alternative location.

Students will self-swab their nostrils under guidance of authorized school personnel and trained volunteers. Parents are not to be present. Samples will be sent to the mainland for testing and results will be available in 3-4 days by email or text. An article from the Star Advertiser shows similar testing recently done at Waikiki Elementary.

Click here to register your child and provide consent. Deadline to register is Monday, October 11.

Students will not be tested without pre-registration. Sharing of information about your child will only be done for public health purposes and in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your child’s data.

We are extremely grateful to our committed families and staff who continue to show great flexibility and resilience as we work together to contain the spread of this virus. If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Testing Program, please reach out to Charleen Kahapea at charleen.kahapea@k12.hi.us.

“Take care of yourself. Take care of others.”

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