Since the start of the school year, we have prioritized in-person learning while protecting the safety and health of our students, staff, and families. This has included access to regular COVID-19 testing for our educators and staff. We’re pleased to now be able to offer regular COVID-19 testing to our students, as well.
Through the State of Minnesota’s partnership with Vault, we will now be offering free COVID-19 testing kits to all students.
Beginning Wed 5/12/21, and continuing every other WEDNESDAY for the remainder of the school year we will have testing kits available at the front office in each building. Each student can bring home a testing kit at the end of the day. That kit is the same one used at many of the state’s community testing sites as well as offered through the COVID-19 At-Home testing program. The testing is every two weeks because the entire state is on a rotation for collection of samples, so we can only accommodate this bi-weekly availability.
Here are the steps to take the test:
- Make sure you have Zoom downloaded on the device you’re using to test. You can download Zoom by going to this link: https://zoom.us/download
- When you’re ready to take your test, go to this link: COVID.VLT.CO
- You can create a login using your email or by creating a username and password.
- Finally, you’ll provide some basic information and then enter in the testing kit ID, which starts with FR or SD. You’ll then be prompted to meet a Vault test supervisor over Zoom. The test supervisors will give you instructions and make sure your student does the test the right way.
- After your student takes the test, he or she will return it to school the following day, where school officials will collect the kits and ship them to a Vault lab for processing. Tests that aren’t turned in on that Thursday by 4:00, will not be shipped for processing. Any tests handed in after the deadline will be disposed of.
- Once it arrives at the lab, individual test results will be ready in 24-48 hours, provided directly to the email associated with the Vault Health account. You can also access results by logging in with your email or username on Vault’s website: app.vaulthealth.com
The test results are NOT provided to the school nor reported in any identifiable way. Students and families are encouraged to inform schools of positive results so the school can take steps to prevent the spread of the virus to other students and staff.
A few additional notes:
- This optional screening program is intended to identify asymptomatic students. Participating in this testing without symptoms does not require any isolation or quarantine while awaiting results. If you have immediate concerns about covid, we recommend you contact your health provider to schedule for an immediate PCR test.
- Students who are under 18 years old will need a parent or legal guardian to provide consent on the student’s behalf.
- This program is provided at no cost to you. Your insurance company will not be billed.
- We have a limited supply of test kits, so depending on demand we might need to order additional. The first time around it is possible that we might run out if we get a high number of students requesting a kit. If your student has been tested within the last 3-5 days, getting an additional test is probably not advisable. These are the saliva style kits, not the PCR kits.
If you have additional questions, please contact Kevin Fitton – firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
ASA Admin Team