COVID-19 » Student Weekly PCR COVID-19 Testing

Student Weekly PCR COVID-19 Testing

This program will be in addition to our current Rapid Antigen Testing available for all staff, students, and volunteers (this is used for non-regular testing, for example, required if there is an exposure or symptom onset occurs). The new Student Testing Policy requires students to test weekly at BHUSD if they are unvaccinated, plus a random selection of vaccinated students will also be tested. 


Feedback from you about COVID-19 Testing:

  • We don’t want our students to be tested at all
  • We want our vaccinated students to be tested weekly also
  • Flu season is coming up, testing should be twice a week
  • We are happy for you to test our students if they can swab themselves 
  • We want a saliva testing option

 

In response to this feedback and previous plans, the following will occur:

  • Weekly PCR testing for all unvaccinated students per the Board of Education policy
  • Weekly PCR testing available for all vaccinated students 
  • 24 hours + notice given to the randomly selected vaccinated students
  • Self swabbing PCR testing
  • Saliva testing option (only by request, see below for more information)
 

As the nature of the pandemic continues to be unpredictable with new variants, positive case data will be the primary driver of this Student Testing Program. Should cases increase or decrease we will continue to reassess the frequency of this program in a responsive manner. 


Please see below a list of comprehensive answers in FAQ style including booking information. If your question is not answered, please do not contact your school site with questions or concerns about testing, they will only redirect you to the district office COVID-19 team, instead please contact covid@bhusd.org


Who needs to test weekly?

  • All unvaccinated students. 
  • Randomly selected vaccinated students.

To ensure that your child’s attendance and educational continuity is seamless please review and complete the form using the links below at your earliest convenience. 


Can my vaccinated child test weekly too?

Sure! Please sign up using the links below! 


How do I register/where is the consent form?

BHUSD Staff - doctornow-patient.precisemdx.com/BHUSDStaff


BHHS Students - doctornow-patient.precisemdx.com/BHHS

BVMS Students - doctornow-patient.precisemdx.com/BVMS

HAW Students - doctornow-patient.precisemdx.com/Hawthorne

HM Students - doctornow-patient.precisemdx.com/HoraceMann


When will testing start?

The policy states that testing starts on Friday, October 15th. 


What is the testing schedule?

The tentative schedule is as follows during the school day:

Monday - BVMS 

Tuesday - BVMS (Period 7) & HAW

Wednesday - BHHS

Thursday - HM & District Office (Staff and Absentee Make-up Tests)


What type of test is it?

RT-PCR test using a self-administered swab of the anterior nares. This is a shallow nasal swab of the part of the nasal cavity.   


What if my child is absent for the day their school has testing?

Absent students will be required to test the next day they are going to school before school at the District Office. 


Can my student test outside of school?

No, per the testing policy they must test within BHUSD. This is to ensure that no photoshopped/fraudulent test results are used and also to help with contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. 


I would like to have a saliva testing option, can I?
The PCR tests are nasal tests and they are by far the most accurate test. We have tested thousands of students using the shallow nasal swab without a problem however, should you have serious concerns about your child receiving a shallow nasal swab there is a saliva option available. This option is not recommended due to the requirement that no food or liquid is consumed 1 hour prior to taking the test or we risk the lab rejecting the sample and decreased accuracy or generating an indeterminate test result. If you wish to request this saliva option despite these considerations please email covid@bhusd.org with your child’s name, school, grade, and commitment to communicating that they may not consume any food or liquid 1 hour prior to taking the test. 



I would like to opt-out of my student testing, how do I do that?

If you elect for your student not to participate in the testing program they will be considered to be in quarantine from attending in-person learning. Subsequently, you have two options. 1. Join the Independent Study Program. 2. Listen to and watch class from home through Zoom. To request one of these options instead of testing please email covid@bhusd.org with your selection.

Please do not contact your school site with questions or concerns about testing, they will only redirect you to the district office COVID-19 team. 


My student is in Independent Study, do they need to test?

If they are coming on campus for any reason for more than 15 minutes to participate in a school activity, they will need to test first. 


My student is already testing for athletics, do they need to test twice a week now?

No, we will fold the athletic testing program into this program, no need for double testing! 


My student is already testing for an outside-of-school activity, do they need to test twice?

No, we will make the results from our BHUSD testing available to you so that you can use them for any other activity! 


Do I need to give consent and make an appointment each time as I do for the Rapid Antigen Testing? 

You will only need to give consent once at the beginning and you will not need to make appointments each week. 


Which company is conducting the PCR testing?

DoctorNow (https://www.doctornow.net/home). 


What happens if a parent / staff member refuses to provide insurance, or if uninsured, refuses to provide social security or identification information or has none of the above?

Insurance information is necessary for DoctorNow to seek reimbursement from the insurance companies. There is no cost to the insured nor will there be a co-pay charged to the insured. DoctorNow will collect only what is reimbursed by insurance. Testing participants will not be billed by DoctorNow. 


For anyone who doesn't have insurance, DoctorNow will need a social security number  or government-issued identification like driver’s license or ID card. This information allows for DoctorNow to seek reimbursement from the federal government. If you do not have any of the above, please contact your school site.


If you decline to include insurance information, you will not be able to complete and submit your registration for BHUSD testing. BHUSD is providing no cost testing on site as both a convenience to families and staff and a way to keep our students and staff safer with no cost to anyone.


Note that many companies supporting school districts follow the same reimbursement procedures. 


How can I be sure my insurance company won’t charge me for testing or raise my rates? 

The State of California Department of Managed Health Care issued a directive for continued coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, based on federal guidance. Information can be found in this memo. This testing does include testing done on school sites. Testing is available at no cost to all students and staff through our program. A couple of things to note in that regard: 


  • If your insurance company tells you otherwise (email and or regular mail), forward the information to covid@bhusd.org. The district and DoctorNow (https://www.doctornow.net/home) will intervene. 
  • If you are inadvertently sent a bill or demand to pay, the district and DoctorNow will intervene. 

For your comfort, the district is also committed and ready to reimburse any family if they are charged to pay for the district COVID-19 Testing. Note that this is a gesture to provide peace of mind that you will not be charged. However, we believe with certainty that you will not have to pay for the cost of testing with the district. 


Are you sure I won’t get a bill? 

Testing participants may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from their respective insurance provider related to the COVID-19 testing. EOBs are NOT BILLS. DoctorNow will not bill any of the testing participants for its services. DoctorNow only collects what is reimbursed by the insurance provider.   


Who is conducting the testing on students and staff?

For this weekly testing, students and staff will self-administer nasal swab tests in the presence of trained staff. The test is designed to be self-administered by even our youngest students. It is quick and easy with no more than the length of the cotton portion on a standard size Q-tip-style swab that is inserted in the nose. Although it is a simple test, trained staff is available to assist the students with a hand-over-hand technique.


May parents attend the testing of their student?

No, this will be done on campus during the school day. School site staff will be on hand for elementary student testing. Middle school and high school students may test with some classes or may be asked to report to the testing location independently. 


When will the test results be available?

There is a 24-48 hour turnaround time for the results. 


I have a question, who can I ask?

If you need help with getting registered please email info@mydoctornow.net

If you have a different question please email covid@bhusd.org. Please do not contact your school site with questions or concerns about testing, they will only redirect you to the district office COVID-19 team.