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On-demand COVID-19 Testing Consent Campaign

SPS is prepared to manage COVID-19 in our schools for the remainder of this school year. Our goals are to keep our school communities healthy and safe and ensure uninterrupted in-person learning.

As part of our outbreak response plan (created in consultation with Public Health) we are launching a new on-demand testing program throughout the district.

This new on-demand testing program will allow us to quickly respond to an increase in COVID-19 cases in classrooms or schools. For our outbreak response plan and on-demand testing program to be effective, we ask that families provide one-time consent for their child to be tested for COVID through the remainder of the school year.

This consent will apply to both:

  • The rapid antigen COVID testing that schools have been offering since January 2022
  • The new on-demand testing program provided by our testing partner CIC Health.

If you have not already registered your student for testing, and would like to, please use the CIC online request form.

The online form is available in 10 languages. If you are not able to fill out the electronic form, please contact your school. They can provide a paper copy.

Please note this consent does not apply to the PCR diagnostic tests that are still available at your child’s school. If for some reason a PCR diagnostic test is needed the school will contact you individually for consent for this type of testing.

Please be aware that if your child is in a group or classroom with a suspected or confirmed outbreak and they do not test as part of the on-demand testing program, they will need to quarantine at home for 5 days. Test results will be received by email within 24 hours of each test.  It’s important to remember that in the outbreak response plan, there will be times when both required masking and testing are necessary to reduce COVID-19 spread and keep students in school. 

COVID-19 Testing Consent Campaign FAQ

Is this a phishing email?  

No, this is a valid email from our testing partner, CIC Health. The week of April 4-8, we are encouraging families to give one-time consent to COVID testing for the remainder of the year, so that we can respond quickly to potential outbreaks. Families received an email and a robocall explaining that they would be receiving a message from CIC Health.  

I have already consented to testing, do I need to consent again?  

If your child attends one of the pilot schools that started using CIC Health in February or March, you may have already consented and do not need to consent again.  

I have multiple children in SPS, but only received a link for one of them. How can I register my other child? 

Our apologies. You should have received a link for each child you have at SPS. Please register your additional child or children on this CIC form.

If you have any difficulties, please reach out to our support email. sps-testing@cic-health.com 

I have not received an email from CIC Health or the link does not work

Please check your spam and junk folders, looking for the email address noreply@cic-health.com. If you still do not find it, you can consent for testing with this CIC form.

You can also reach out to our support email address sps-testing@cic-health.com

Is the on-demand testing rapid antigen test or PCR test (the email below states PCR consent is excluded, however the consent form from CIC Health mentions PCR testing explicitly.)? 

It depends on the situation. For testing a potential outbreak, the testing occurs over a 5-day period. The first test will be a rapid antigen test and the second test will be a PCR test.

Schools are also using rapid antigen testing for screening groups like athletes and performing arts students who are participating in high-risk (high-aerosolization) indoor activities.  

Our child has a current medical condition, the result of which is that it is not safe for him to be swabbed at school. Can we test our child outside of school and submit the negative result to avoid quarantine? 

Yes, a negative home test result can be submitted to the school to avoid quarantine when a student is unable to test at school. 

If we decide to test at home, will those tests be accepted as proof to avoid the 5-day quarantine? If not, why? 

Yes, a negative home test result can be submitted to the school to avoid quarantine when a student is unable to test at school. 

Would parents be notified prior to a student being tested through the on-demand testing service? 

Yes, when there is a need for on-demand testing, like for a potential outbreak, families will be notified by email in advance.  

How do I opt out of testing?  

If you do not want to consent to testing for your child or yourself, the good news is that you do not need to do anything. It’s an opt-in only. 

Could you please provide the privacy policy associated with this permission and data request? 

Here is information about the district privacy policy.  

Information about CIC’s privacy policy is embedded in the consent form (points 14-17):  

14. I understand that to ensure public health and safety and to control the spread of COVID-19, test results may be shared without my individual authorization. 

15. I understand test results will be disclosed to appropriate public health authorities, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the school/organization the test participant is attending or participating in, the testing contractor and processing laboratory, and as otherwise may be permitted or required by law. 

16. I understand that participation in testing may require the school to disclose individuals’ identities, demographic, and contact information from school records to the testing provider(s). Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), 34 CFR 99.30, I authorize the school to disclose such information pertaining to my student (or, for school employees, pertaining to me) as is required to participate in testing. 

17. I understand that follow-up diagnostic testing may require submission of protected health information (PHI) and other personally identifiable information of persons undergoing testing. To the extent that is the case, pursuant to 45 CFR 164.524(c)(3), I authorize and direct the testing provider to transmit such information to my student’s school, the Washington State Department of Health, and Atlas Genomics, LLC, or another collaborating lab. I further understand that such individually identifiable information may be disclosed to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and any other party as authorized under applicable law. 

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