We will be providing weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing for students during the school day with parent/caregivers’ consent. You can download the consent form here. We are making the final arrangements with the Atlanta Public Schools’ testing partner, Viral Solutions. We expect testing to begin as early as next week.
Through surveillance testing, asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals can be identified and immediately isolated thereby mitigating the spread of COVID-19. In order to successfully identify these individuals, we will need to test approximately 50% of the population weekly. The more people that participate in the testing program, the greater the mitigation effect. The purpose of this program is to augment—not replace—other mitigation efforts such as social distancing, hand hygiene, adequate ventilation, and masking.