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Student COVID-19 Testing - Grades 7-12

 

Vaccine

Dear families,

The State of Minnesota has provided free COVID-19 test kits for middle and high schools so that we can offer on-site testing for our students. Beginning April 27, 2021, Lakeview Schools will begin offering free COVID-19 testing to high school students and staff members every other week on Tuesday Mornings from 7:50 AM-8:30 AM in the high school board room. (Location subject to change depending on attendance). To complete this testing, you must sign up using the survey link below no later than 2 PM the Monday prior to the test date. This link is also on Lakeview Schools webpage.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1o-ztgzspgQLMkzRJ8VteYXrSq_-U8a2_q_e3pcxb0gQ/edit

Items to note before coming to test:

Please ensure you have a smart phone/Ipad/tablet with you.

Please ensure you have created a vault account. The webpage to register is: COVID.VLT.CO. This is also on the Lakeview Schools webpage.

Testers cannot eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior to testing.

In order to slow the spread so that we can continue learning in-person, I encourage every family to take advantage of this opportunity to get their middle and high school students tested for COVID-19. As long as students don't have symptoms and have not been close to someone with COVID-19, they do not need to stay out of school, sports or activities while awaiting test results. Learn more about student COVID-19 testing.

Minnesota is experiencing high circulation of variants of COVID-19. For example, it is currently estimated that 60% of all COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are the B.1.1.7. variant strain, which is a new version of the virus that spreads more easily. The spread of COVID-19 variants, including B.1.1.7, is contributing to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases statewide in Minnesota and in particular we are seeing more cases concentrated in the school-age population.

Anyone can have COVID-19 and not know it, and it is estimated that almost 50% of people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. Getting tested is the best way to know you are healthy and allow us to continue to offer in-person learning and extracurricular opportunities, especially with the increasing spread of virus variants in our state. Learn more about why COVID-19 testing is important for students in this video.

This in-school testing program is intended to help identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 so that we can prevent further spread. If students are experiencing any symptoms, they should stay home, and get a test from one of Minnesota's free community testing sites or through their health care provider.

If your student is unable to take part in our on-site COVID-19 testing event, there are many other options to get tested at no cost. Families can visit one of Minnesota's free community testing sites, get tested through a health care provider, or order an at-home test kit. In-person or language line assistance is available at community testing sites. Some testing sites also have COVID Community Coordinators to help walk people through the testing process. Learn more on the COVID Community Coordinator page of the MDH website.

At any time, any Minnesotan can order a test kit to be sent directly to their home, through a program offered by the Minnesota Department of Health. Once you have completed the test, you can drop off the test at school to be sent to the lab. Our school will be sending shipments to the lab on Tuesday mornings beginning April 27th, 2021.

If you have questions, please call the school at 507-423-5164 Ext 1153 or 1154.