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SHIELD Illinois FAQ

 
Riverside District 96 is pleased to work with SHIELD Illinois to provide saliva-based screening testing for students and staff. Testing will be available at each building. The specific schedule will be sent to you by your child’s principal. Please check out the FAQ below for more information.

Reminder: "No news is good news." If the test result is negative, you will NOT hear from anyone at Riverside District 96.

WHAT IS SHIELD TESTING?

SHIELD is an innovative, saliva-based test created by the University of Illinois. You can read more about it at https://www.uillinois.edu/shield
 
HOW OFTEN WILL TESTING OCCUR?
 
Testing will occur once per week. A specific schedule for your child’s school will be sent home soon. This schedule is in the process of being developed.
 
IS SHIELD TESTING MANDATORY FOR STUDENTS?
 
SHIELD testing is not mandatory. SHIELD testing is highly recommended. Please note that if you do not want your child to participate that you must complete an OPT OUT form. The form is available here.
 
WHERE/WHEN IS THE TESTING?
 
All testing will take place at each of our schools. Classes will have assigned times on their testing day. All testing will take place during the school day.
 
WHO IS DOING THE TESTING?
 
The district has partnered with the University of Illinois and a collection partner, Vizient Healthcare.
 
WHY DOES THE TESTING HAVE TO HAPPEN AT SCHOOL? WHY NOT AT HOME?
 
Testing must take place in school due to CLIA protocols and to ensure that test takers are not eating or drinking prior to testing.
 
WHY CAN'T WE EAT OR DRINK ONE HOUR PRIOR TO TESTING?
 
The test developers say that doing so may provide an invalid sample or inconclusive result.
 
HOW MUCH DOES THE TEST COST?
 
It is free for students and staff.
 
WHEN WILL RESULTS BE AVAILABLE?
 
Samples will be picked up daily by a courier and transported to a SHIELD Illinois lab. Results will generally be available the next day.
 
HOW WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
 
If the test is negative, you will not hear from the school district.
If the test is positive, a school nurse or administrator will call the positive individual or their parent/guardian.
 
WILL MY CHILD'S PEDIATRICIAN GET A COPY OF THE RESULTS?
 
The school district will not send a copy of your child's test r.esults to their pediatrician. Per state protocols, IDPH automatically receives notice of a positive case