COVID Testing FAQs 

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Q. Is testing mandatory?

While we would like to see everyone tested, and that would be best to effectively protect our school community, we are not mandating it. We feel it would be beneficial to your family and others.

Q. Why are you testing now?

Following the suggestion of our advising physicians, the administration decided to take the proactive step of having everyone tested. This will identify any possible asymptomatic carriers and help prevent spreading COVID within our school population.

Q. Are staff being tested as well?

Our staff are on a regular testing schedule, and a majority of them will be testing now as well.

Q. Is there a way for me to come with my young child to get tested, to offer comfort and support?

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We have had some requests from parents who wish to accompany their young child to get tested. To accommodate this, we will set up the testing in the gated area behind the MPR, and will allow parents to access this area between 7:50 and 8:45 AM. To bring your child in, please park in the parking lot or use legal street parking and walk towards the library on the outside of the school. The small gate leading towards the library will be open and there will be another gate to the right (see inset). There will not be classes scheduled to come during this time. This accommodation is primarily geared towards students in preschool through first grade.

Q. What kind of test is being given?

We will be using PCR tests (also known as molecular tests, viral RNA tests or nucleic acid tests), which are deemed to be the most accurate tests. Students will have the choice to use a nasal swab or a throat swab. Though there is a reported rate of false negatives, the false positive rate is close to zero.

Q. When do I need to register by?

In order to properly process each student and to have the proper vials, lists and to have the lab ready, we are asking every family to register by THIS FRIDAY, October 9.

Q. Will I get charged?

You will not get charged for your child’s test. The company who is administering the tests will be billing your insurance. Based on section 6001 of the Families First Act, as amended by the CARES Act, requires comprehensive private health insurance plans to cover testing needed to detect or diagnose COVID-19, and the administration of that testing, without cost-sharing or medical management requirements.

Q. If everyone tests negative, will the school still require masks and distancing?

This is a preventative measure. While if we do not have any positive cases, we can breathe a (masked) sigh of relief, the nature of the spread is such that even when someone tests negative, they can still get exposed or develop a case of COVID. We therefore will continue with all proactive and reactive steps included in our Re-Opening Pla n to keep us all safe.

Q. When will we get the results?

You should get an email from the company administering the test on the day following the test. If your child’s results are positive, the school will be notified and will reach out to you early that day.

Q. Will the testing happen on a regular basis?

We hope to implement this testing regularly. You will not have to re-register every time.

Q. Can parents test as well?

We would like to offer this to our parent body as well, however as this is our first time going through the testing and it will be new to all of our students and staff, we are going to hold off committing for the time being and will make a determination before the next round of testing. 

Q. Will the school have to close if people test positive?

It is highly unlikely that school will have to close down. If someone tests positive, he/she will have to isolate as per the CDC guidelines. Family members, anyone who has come into close contact would have to quarantine as per the CDC guidelines.

The intention in doing this is to minimize our chance of having to close down, due to early detection and isolation. We would only have to close the school if there were to be an outbreak.

Q. Who will be administering the tests?

We have partnered with a company called DoctorNow based in Los Angeles (mydoctornow.net) who has been instrumental in facilitating other school testings in the LA and OC areas. The tests will be administered by nurses that they employ and will be processed in their labs.

Q. What if I have further questions or concerns?

Please feel free to reach out to any member of administration, or our COVID coordinator, Rabbi Sender (ext. 221) with any questions or concerns.

Q. How do I register?

The student registration form is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HebrewOCS

The staff registration form is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HebrewOCF