Broward County Public Schools is offering a K-12 COVID-19 testing program for students. We will only test with your consent. If you are willing to provide consent for us to administer this test on your child or yourself (if student age 18 or older), please fill out this form.
What is the test? If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or is part of a group that is designated for testing, if you consent, your child will receive a free test for the COVID-19 virus. Testing involves using a swab, similar to a Q-Tip, placed inside the tip of the nose. School health personnel who have been trained to use this test will collect the specimen and a trained COVID-19 test administrator will oversee the process. Test results will be made available to the parent/guardian who signs this form below. The results will be sent by text message and/or email and/or will be accessible through a web-based portal and/or website. This program is entirely optional for students, although we hope you choose to have the test to keep our schools as healthy and safe as possible.
What should I do when I receive my child’s test results? If your child or you (if student age 18 or older) tests positive for the virus, your child will be moved to a room away from other students and staff until you can pick him/her up. We ask that you keep your child home until the infection period has ended (typically, after symptoms improve and at least 10 days from the date symptoms first appear) and your child is no longer contagious. In a small number of cases, tests sometimes produce incorrect results – showing negative results (called “false negatives”) in people who have COVID-19 or showing positive results (called “false positives”) in people who do not have COVID-19. If your child tests negative but has symptoms of COVID-19, your child should not return to school until ten days after the onset of symptoms and the symptoms are improving.
Known Symptoms: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The following are symptoms of COVID-19:
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
Disclaimer: While we realize precautions will be taken, please understand that neither the test administrator nor Broward County Public Schools, nor any of its trustees, officers, employees, or organization sponsors are liable for any accident or injuries that may occur to your child or yourself (if student age 18 or older), as a result of agreeing to the test.
When do we start testing in schools?
Testing in all BCPS schools began September 13, 2021
Is the COVID-19 test mandatory?
No, both symptomatic and surveillance testing at school are voluntary tests and require written and verbal parental consent.
What are the CDC recommendations for COVID-19 testing in schools?
The CDC has identified testing as an important prevention strategy for schools. The use of symptomatic and surveillance testing helps identify people- including those with or without symptoms- who may be contagious, so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission of the coronavirus. Testing in schools gives schools and families added assurance that schools can remain open safely for all students and staff.
Which test is administered in BCPS schools and where will the test be done?
The Cue Rapid molecular test is administered in schools on students identified with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who are referred to the Isolation Room. The testing is performed in the Isolation Room only with written and verbal parental consent on file.
Is the Cue rapid Test FDA and EUA approved?
Yes, the Cue Rapid Test has received an Emergency use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Who will be administering COVID-19 testing in schools?
Trained School Nurses administer COVID-19 testing in schools.
Is the Cue- Rapid COVID-19 test a deep nasal swab?
No, the Cue Rapid test swabs the inner part of the lower nostril. The test is not painful. We do not use the longer swabs that reach higher in the nose.
How long does it take for results?
The results of the test are usually available within 20 minutes.
Who is paying for the Cue Rapid Test in schools?
The Florida Department of Health has allocated funds through grants to cover the costs of testing in schools. The COVID-19 test is free for all students.
Is Surveillance testing mandatory? Which groups are being tested and the frequency of testing?
No, it is not mandatory. Surveillance testing is provided by the Department of Health (DOH) for selected sports teams, bands and chorus and the frequency determined by DOH.
Does the Cue Rapid Swab contain ethylene oxide?
As part of the CUE nasal swab production process, ethylene oxide (EO) is used to sterilize the swab like most plastic sterile medical devices. There is zero residue from this process, and they are hypoallergenic.
Generally speaking, EO is one of the most accepted safe forms of sterilization for medical equipment, pharmaceutical packaging (swabs, tubes, bottles), devices, etc. For Cue nasal swabs, industry validated procedures for EO sterilization via Puritain, which is the largest swab maker in the US. The validated procedure for sterilization includes a de-gassing phase that ensures the final sterilized product is within acceptable limits for EO.