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Dear Studio Families:

We will begin the weekly on-site COVID-19 pool testing program on Wednesday, February 24. All students, teachers and staff will be tested. The Studio School will assume the cost of pool testing. It is important to read through this entire message to receive important information about pool testing. 
The Testing Process
 
On Wednesdays beginning February 24, student and staff test samples will be collected. The samples are collected with a soft swab inserted just half an inch into each nostril and swirled around the inside of the nostril. Older children will swab themselves, while younger children will be helped by their teachers if needed. It’s that simple.
 
The swabs are placed into tubes provided by the lab, which are shipped overnight. Results will be reported to the School within 48 hours.
 
If a pool tests negative, then all samples included in that pool can be presumed negative with that single test. If a pool tests positive, everyone in that particular pool will need to quarantine and follow up privately with an individual diagnostic COVID-19 PCR test. We will follow our existing protocols for quarantine and return to school for all students and staff tested in that pool.

If your child is not in school on a Wednesday and is therefore not part of the pool test, you will be required to contact the School to discuss your child's return to in-person learning. 
 
Consent to Testing
 
All parents must complete the Consent to Testing form found here no later than Friday, February 19.
Mandatory Meetings

As noted in the Letter from Head yesterday, we are hosting mandatory meetings for each cohort via Zoom to learn more about pool testing, to review our protocols, and to recommit to our community agreements. 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is pool testing? 
 
Pool testing is a surveillance method that combines samples to search for the virus among a limited number of participant samples “pooled” together in one tube.
 
What kind of test is used? 
 
A PCR test is used.  Please note the lab is also equipped to search for variants of the virus. 
 
What happens if a pool tests negative?
 
If the pool tests negative, then all samples of the test can be presumed negative with the single test.
 
What happens if a pool tests positive? 
 
If the test for a pool comes back positive, everyone in that pool will need to quarantine immediately and follow up privately with an individual COVID-19 PCR test so we can determine which individual(s) are positive for COVID-19.  We will follow our existing protocols for quarantine and return to school for all students and staff tested in that pool.
 
Does the lab get identifying information about my child?
 
No. Samples are bar-coded and the lab receives no personally identifying information.
 
Where can I get more information? 
 
More information is available on Concentric by Ginkgo’s website here. You can also view an informational video here. Concentric is hosting two information sessions for parents at 7:00 P.M. on February 17 and on February 24. You can register for either of these sessions using this link.
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