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Weekly Testing

Please note: Weekly, in-school testing will resume on Friday, September 17, for all MKA students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions, please contact covid19@mka.org

Pooled Testing Results

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Weekly Pooled Testing

As part of our ongoing health and safety measures, MKA will be administering pooled COVID-19 PCR saliva testing for all students and all employees. Participation in testing is required for all students and employees.

Testing initially be conducted on a weekly basis, on Friday of each week. Tests for Middle and Upper School students will be administered by MKA on school premises. Tests for Primary School students will be sent home with the students on Thursday to be administered at home and returned to school on Friday morning.

The samples will be tested off-campus by Mirimus Labs. The cost of testing will be covered by MKA and the results will be reviewed only by the necessary and authorized school personnel. The overall results of our weekly testing will be published on our website. Families will be directly notified if their child is in a positive pool. In the event your child is in a positive pool, the same laboratory will provide an individual PCR test from the same saliva sample, once you have given your permission for this test to be run and provided the necessary information about your child.

You can read more about the CDC’s interim guidance on pooled testing here and more about how Mirimus Labs conducts pooled testing here.

Primary School Families: In the event that your child does not bring home a test, please email covid19@mka.org. Students are required to hand in their completed test on Friday in order to attend school that day.

Acceptable Forms of COVID-19 Testing

If your child misses in-school testing, we accept the following tests:

  • Non-rapid molecular viral assay PCR for COVID-19 from a respiratory or saliva specimen performed in a laboratory.
  • We only accept rapid PCR tests (RT-PCR or NAAT) if they are performed in a CLIA certified laboratory, hospital, or equivalent setting. If in doubt, please call the school nurse to confirm appropriate testing or ask for a standard PCR test. 
  • We do not accept rapid PCR tests from the following locations: Same-Day-Testing or MedRite Urgent Care.
    • If a “Priority or Expedited PCR” is offered, please confirm that the test is processed in a CLIA certified lab and not onsite. The safest and most accurate option is always a standard PCR when testing at these locations. 
  • We do not accept rapid tests by any mobile testing providers or any type of at home COVID-19 test. If using a mobile testing provider, please confirm that the test will be run at a lab. At home collection, with samples then sent to a lab to test, is acceptable (e.g. Vault).

We do NOT accept any type of antigen or antibody testing.

Missing In-School Pooled Testing                                           

If your student will not be able to test on a Friday, due to a planned absence, please email covid19@mka.org to make alternate arrangements ahead of this planned absence.

If your student is absent due to illness and cannot test, please email covid19@mka.org.

In the event that your student misses their weekly pooled testing (not due to planned absence or illness) the following policy is in place:

The student will be required to take an independent viral PCR test, and remain home until their test results are available and have been reviewed and cleared by a member of the COVID-19 Compliance Team. (Please read the following for more information on testing accepted by the school).

% Vaccinated

Booster Shots

Active COVID-19 Cases

Active Quarantines (excludes active cases)

COVID-19 COMPLIANCE TEAM

All possible exposures and positive test results for any members of your household should be reported to the COVID-19 Compliance Team.

For questions or concerns regarding MKA's COVID-19 protocols contact the  COVID-19 Compliance Team.

Just a Reminder...

When submitting your COVID-19 saliva test, it is important to follow these guidelines: 

  • Do not drink or eat 30 minutes before taking the test
  • Make sure that the vial is  full with saliva - without bubbles
  • Screw the cap on completely

Tests with insufficient saliva will be rejected and students or employees will be required to provide their own negative PCR COVID test results in order to return to school.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. For a more information, visit the CDC website. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to:
  • Congestion or a persistent runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Fever or chills 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing