Dear Peninsula School District Community,
The School-Based COVID-19 Testing Pilot, in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s (TPCHD), operated in the school district over a three-week period from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, 2020 to test staff and students for the virus. The results helped isolate positive cases quickly and quarantine close contacts to prevent disease spread among the school population and beyond
During the three-week testing period, over 3,753 individuals in the Peninsula School District received the antigen test. Thirteen positive tests were detected and 4 were false positives.
The health department has been analyzing the data received from our district and the two others involved in the pilot - Eatonville and White River - and the program was determined to be a success. Read their latest blog.
“Participation in a pilot testing program has provided additional evidence that counter measures can be taken in the schools to safely and effectively serve students in-person. It demonstrated for us that having kids in school is not a source of spread,” Peninsula Superintendent Art Jarvis said.
Peninsula School District leaders have continued to work with TPCHD about the possibility of continuing testing with those staff and students who are meeting in-person.
Because of our partnership with TPCHD, we have secured 10,000 EverlyWell and 4,000 BinaxNOW test kits that will allow us to test staff and select student populations. We are finalizing plans and schedules this week and will share more specific information next week for staff testing, anticipated to start Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.
We are grateful to be able to offer one more mitigation strategy to the safety protocols we have in place to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.