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COVID-19 Testing

Pooled Testing Results

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Pooled COVID-19 Testing

As area cases continue to fall, and in line with guidance from the CDC, the school will pivot our testing resources to provide weekly testing for recognized MKA close contacts, those who are symptomatic and want to test in our remote testing protocol, and employees who choose to test. In addition, we will have bi-weekly mandatory all-school testing. Testing will be on a Monday or Tuesday to limit the number of possible days of in-school exposure. 

If your student is unable to test on a mandatory testing day, please reach out to covid19@mka.org to make alternate arrangements ahead of time. Students who miss testing will be required to obtain an independent PCR test and submit their results before returning to school.

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.

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 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, 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 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