COVID-19 Testing

There are 3 ways to access testing:


SafeGuard Sign-up SafeGuard FAQ
SafeGuard Supplies Make a donation to cover SafeGuard costs!


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PCR COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Resources

New Trier Testing April

New Trier Township School Districts’ April Testing Sites
Offered in partnership with all New Trier Township School Districts and Northshore Clinical Labs

  • Township Testing Site Hosted at Marie Murphy School
    • 2921 Illinois Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091 (Gymnasium)
    • Appointments available April 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 10th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    New Trier Township School Districts are partnering with NorthShore Clinical Labs to host on-site COVID-19 PCR testing for the community. Testing will be available to students, staff and families at the end of Spring Break on April 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 10th. Testing is free and offered as a convenience to families and staff. More information is provided here. Registration is required.

Other Local Testing Sites

D39 Family Response to Illness BookletAdditional information regarding family responses to illness, testing sites and COVID-19 resources are available in our D39 Family Response to Illness Booklet.

SafeGuard Screening Testing

District 39 implements an additional COVID-19 mitigation effort through its SafeGuard Screening program. This saliva-based COVID-19 screening program was launched district-wide for students and staff in January 2021, and is also implemented at nearby New Trier High School. 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 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, including asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individuals;

  • 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. Parents may opt to voluntarily contribute the cost of testing for their child through RevTrak. The direct costs of participation in the program is $11 per student.

Step 2 - Pick up a test kit and collect your child’s sample, following these instructions. After completing the registration process, test kits may be picked up at your child's school during normal school hours or can be 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 Monday mornings. Alternatively, your child's sample in its baggie can be dropped off in the school office by a parent/guardian by 9:00am or dropped off at the Mikaelian Education Center at 615 Locust Rd any time after 4:30pm on Sunday.

Getting Results:

Results will be received to District 39 late in the evening of the day of sample. 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. The email subject line will read, “Notification of Saliva Screening Result Requiring Referral for Diagnostic PCR Testing.” Your child and household should immediately quarantine and seek a diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test from a local testing facility or your child’s doctor. 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.

Safeguard Screening Is Not Diagnostic:

Please remember that the Safeguard Screening program is a screening tool only, similar to symptom checks, temperature checks and careful monitoring of close contacts. The Safeguard Screening program does not replace the need to seek PCR diagnostic testing if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, have traveled out of state or engaged in activities that may have increased your potential exposure to Covid-19, or have been identified as a close contact to someone diagnosed with Covid-19. While Safeguard Screening provides an additional layer of mitigation, quarantine and PCR testing is still required if you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms associated with Covid-19, have traveled out of state or engaged in an activity that may increase your risk of exposure, or have been identified as a close contact to someone with Covid-19. Please see the resources provided above for access to free and convenient PCR diagnostic testing for any of these situations.

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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