SHIELD Testing Schedule Update

Still Time to Participate

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SHIELD testing schedule update; still time to participate

Dear Glenbard East Families,


This communication is our latest update for our voluntary COVID-19 testing program. We have engaged SHIELD Illinois to conduct a free voluntary, non-invasive COVID-19 testing at school.


SHIELD Illinois has contracted with Med-Call, Inc. to conduct the testing at each of our buildings. Med-Call is responsible for the hiring and training of all SHIELD testing employees. Our employees are not conducting the testing nor responsible for oversight of Med-Call’s trained staff. Due to extreme demand for testing statewide we anticipate some issues will arise as we process hundreds of students at each school through this optional testing program. We appreciate your patience. We will monitor and adjust to best serve our students throughout the process.


SHIELD’s diagnostic (PCR) test is a saliva-based test to identify positive COVID-19 cases and keep students safe. Notification of test results will typically occur within 24 hours.


Schedule Update
Beginning at the end of next week, we will provide students with the opportunity to participate in the SHIELD testing program. Below is the current schedule for the testing to be conducted at each of our schools. All schools will have testing available within the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Schedules may vary slightly depending on the location. Our first scheduled testing will begin on Friday, Sept. 24, at Glenbard South High School.


See below for the weekly schedule that will begin the week of Monday, Sept. 27.

  • Monday: Directions, Northern Transition, and Southern Transition*
  • Tuesday: Glenbard North
  • Wednesday: Glenbard East
  • Thursday: Glenbard West
  • Friday: Glenbard South

*Limited timeframe at each location for Monday testing


This schedule is subject to change as staffing and participation changes. School staff will communicate with those students who have opted in on their specific testing procedures as we approach their first day of testing.


First Priority: Students Who are Unvaccinated
While testing is open to all students regardless of vaccination status, the Illinois Department of Public Health has targeted the funding for this testing for the most vulnerable students, which are those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.


Due to higher than anticipated demand, we ask students who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or do not have a compromised household member to delay their participation for the first two weeks of testing to ensure we have an efficient and effective process in place. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.


Consent to Participate in SHIELD testing
We previously communicated that in order to prepare space for and staff all testing sites, we needed your response in PowerSchool no later than Sept. 1, 2021. That date has passed, but it is not too late to elect to participate in SHIELD testing. If you are interested in testing, please login to PowerSchool immediately. Upon logging into PowerSchool, you will see a screen that allows you to click either agree (participate) or do not agree (decline participation).


Students who opt in to the testing at this point will not be eligible for approximately three weeks. If you already completed the consent form in PowerSchool, thank you. If you are not interested, please log in and decline participation as this will assist us with our planning. If you have previously consented to participate but no longer wish to do so, please contact the school in writing to revoke your participation.


See below for an FAQ to help determine your preference for participation in the voluntary SHIELD program.


Frequently Asked Questions


1. When will voluntary testing begin?

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 24, testing will be available at Glenbard South High School. From this point forward each weekday a building will have testing available one day per week. Below is the current weekly schedule to begin on the week of September 27th. Tests will take place within the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. timeframe.

  • Monday: Directions, Northern Transition, and Southern Transition*
  • Tuesday: Glenbard North
  • Wednesday: Glenbard East
  • Thursday: Glenbard West
  • Friday: Glenbard South

*Limited timeframe at each location for Monday testing


This schedule is subject to change as staffing and participation changes. School staff will communicate with those students who have opted in on their specific testing procedures as we approach their first day of testing.


2. How often will your child be tested?

Students will be tested weekly.


3. What is the test?

The SHIELD test is a free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus conducted by collecting saliva (spit). It is non-invasive and does not require a trained medical person to administer it. Participants will provide saliva samples at a designated location at school during non-instructional time.


4. How will I know if my child tests positive?

You will receive access to your child’s test results via an online platform. You will receive additional information specific to this platform in a future email from us. In addition to posting the test results on the online platform, the school district will contact you if your child tests positive.


5. Who will receive my child’s test results?

In addition to you receiving your child’s test results, the school district and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will also receive your child’s test results, consistent with IDPH guidance and the Illinois Control of Communicable Disease Code.


6. What happens if I do not consent to my child participating in the SHIELD testing program?

Consent is required to participate in SHIELD testing. Participation in the screening testing program is voluntary. Your child will not be subjected to any discipline as a result of your decision not to consent to his/her participation.


The goal of the testing program is to reduce the number of students and staff who may come into close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals. Additionally, the program will help identify those individuals who are showing COVID-19 symptoms due to an alternative medical issue or diagnosis. Ultimately, this should result in fewer exclusions and shorter quarantine times.


7. Can I change my mind later if I decide I do / do not want my child to participate in the SHIELD Illinois testing program at school?

Yes. Consent to participating in the testing program may be granted or revoked at any time. To revoke consent, a parent/guardian must submit a signed and dated letter to your school’s assistant principal of student services requesting to revoke said consent. Please note that consenting to SHIELD testing after Sept. 1 may take up to three weeks until the student is eligible to be tested.


8. Who is conducting the SHIELD Illinois testing program?

SHIELD Illinois has contracted with Med-Call, Inc. to conduct the testing at each of our buildings. Med-Call is responsible for the hiring and training of all SHIELD testing employees. Our employees are not conducting the testing nor responsible for oversight of Med-Call’s trained staff.