COVID-19 Testing

There are 2 ways to access testing:

SafeGuard Sign-up SafeGuard FAQ SafeGuard Supplies

SafeGuard is a screening test that indicates the need for further diagnostic testing. Ambry PCR is a diagnostic test.

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SafeGuard Screening Testing

District 39 is excited to launch an additional COVID-19 mitigation effort through SafeGuard Screening testing. This saliva-based COVID-19 screening program has been implemented at New Trier High School and launched district-wide for students and staff in January 2021. Although the test is optional, we highly encourage all students who attend in-person to participate. Dr. Campbell, developer of the test, spoke to the Wilmette 39 Board of Education Committee of the Whole on December 7, 2020.

While the District continues to experience success relative to its internal operational metrics and mitigated risk of virus transmission within its schools, there remains a concern that high levels of external community spread may increase the risk of positive cases within our schools. Therefore, during times of significant community spread, SafeGuard screening testing is recommended to accomplish the following:

  • Identify and isolate potential asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic cases of COVID-19 among students and staff;

  • Provide students and staff with an additional screening tool to further mitigate and reduce the risk of exposure, transmission and quarantine, especially during times of significant community spread;

  • Assist in screening for and reducing the overall rates of COVID-19 within our community by isolating cases, especially those who may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic; and

  • Reduce the need for school closures, classroom and/or individual quarantines.

The Process:

Step 1 - Register your child or children separately. Staff register using this link. There is no cost to participate. 

Step 2 - Pick-up a test kit and collect your child’s sample, following these instructions. Test kits may be picked up at your child's school during normal school hours or sent home with your child. Testing kits will be labeled with your child’s name. Although it’s best to collect the sample the morning of our collection dates, doing it the night before will not impact results. Be sure your child does not eat, drink or chew gum for 30 minutes before giving the sample. New Trier High School has created a video about collecting the sample.

Step 3 - Return your child’s sample. Please send to school the small baggie containing a tube filled with saliva on Friday's for Pre-K through 4th Grade and Monday's for 5th through 8th grade. Please remind your child to take it out once in their classroom. Alternatively, it can be dropped-off in the office by a parent/guardian by 9:00am or drop it off at the Mikaelian Education Center 615 Locust Rd anytime after 4:30pm.

Getting Results:

Results will be received to District 39 late in the evening. If your child receives a "finding of potential clinical significance", you will receive an email to the email addresses we have on file late at night or early in the morning. Your child will need to quarantine. The next day, our school Nurse will contact you to walk you through the next steps which will include your child needing to take PCR test prior to returning to school. We will not notify you of negative results.

Ambry PCR School Nurse

Ambry PCR testing for COVID-19 continues to be available through the school health office to students and staff who are symptomatic or have known exposure to COVID-19. When you arrive, please bring your insurance card so we can copy the front and back for you. You will also need the Test Requisition Form and the HIPPA Form. Follow these saliva collection instructions.

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