Dear DSST Montview Families,
Our Return to School last week was a wonderful mix of new challenges and triumphs, along with that familiar feel and sound of our high school. We are so proud of our Knights for the commitment they have shown so far to our health and safety guidelines, which helps ensure a safe and continuous reopening of in-person learning at our schools. A key element of our safe return is effective monitoring and screening for COVID-19 across students, faculty, and staff.
That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with COVIDCheck Colorado to provide free, fast and convenient COVID-19 community sample testing to all in-person staff and students. “Community sample testing” is where you test a small group of individuals within the community regularly to mitigate asymptomatic community spread of the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 40% of people who are infected with the coronavirus show no symptoms. This regular, preventative testing is a critical step in keeping our community safe, as it will identify asymptomatic cases to prevent community spread. The below image illustrates how community sample testing works alongside all of our safety protocols to greatly minimize the risk of community spread of COVID-19.
Through our partnership with COVIDCheck, we will offer on-site “community sample” testing to staff and students who are attending in-person, beginning Monday, February 22. Testing will be done with roughly 20% of our staff & students (who have signed a consent form) every week on Mondays/Thursdays. Within a five week period, everyone enrolled in the program will get tested.
If you consent to your child being tested you will be notified within 24-48 hours via text and e-mail with a link to their test results. Your information and test results will be sent via a secure platform that is only accessible by you, and a select group of individuals at DSST and DPS for contact tracing purposes. None of this information is shared with any other parties (outside of those used by COVID Check Colorado for testing and contact tracing)
Your information and test results will be sent via a secure platform that is only accessible by you, and a select group of individuals at DSST and DPS for contact tracing purposes. None of this information is shared with any third party vendors and used for any other purposes than testing and contact tracing.
What kind of testing is it? The saliva protocol that COVIDCheck Colorado uses is SalivaDirect™, which is an FDA Emergency Use Authorization-approved PCR testing protocol. The Yale School of Public Health developed the protocol; the NBA used SalivaDirect™ in “the bubble” to test its players, and the protocol is being rolled out to other organizations, institutions, and populations around the country. Yale’s studies have shown that SalivaDirect™ PCR is as sensitive as a nasal PCR test and is both more convenient and comfortable for participants than a nasal swab.
Testing for students is optional, but we highly recommend you enroll your student in this program by no later than Thursday, February 11th. It’s free, fast, and convenient. If you’d like to see the registration process, here’s a video that goes through each step.
Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff, and the broader community safe. If you have any questions or concerns around this preventative testing program, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.