ResourcePath is collaborating with Arlington Public Schools to provide free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests for students, families and staff. 

 

Weekly Sentinel Surveillance Testing

Surveillance testing is a good way to assess the prevalence of infection in the community.  Beginning the week of September 13th, ResourcePath will be providing rapid antigen testing opportunities every day at the high schools and once weekly at each elementary and middle school and alternate school buildings.  For more details on the program check out our webpage here.  For children under 18, we will need parental consent to perform testing.  You will only have to fill out the consent and intake form once for each child, even if your child(children) get tested weekly.  For more information on how to sign up for weekly testing, click here. 

 

PCR testing for symptoms and exposures

ResourcePath provides COVID-19 RT-PCR tests to students, staff and family members who need a test for symptoms, exposures or for back to school testing.  For these indications we prefer PCR testing as it is the most sensitive and also quantitative to help guide quarantine recommendations. We will take insurance for PCR testing.  Due to the national emergency and as a result of the CARES act, there is no out of pocket, no deductible and no copays.  If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry, we can test you for free too. The walk-up testing site at Kenmore Middle School provides trained staff to assist in mid-nasal swab testing using the RT-PCR test. Results will be available within 24-48 hrs and will be emailed to parents.  For those students or staff who test positive, the laboratory Medical Director will call directly to relay the results and provide specific advice regarding further action.  For more details on signing up for symptomatic or exposed or back to school testing, click here

If you need assistance locating the testing sites, have questions about your results, or have questions about the testing process please call 571-267-0228 during testing hours. You can also reach us at info@resourcepath.net or on WhatsApp at 571-375-0755.

 

Daily Antigen Testing for Student Athletes and Other After School Groups

We are also performing daily antigen testing for student athletes and afterschool groups so that they may be comfortable playing unmasked in practice.  Students must opt in by completing the surveillance testing consent form with their parents.  For more details about the program , see here

Specific Testing Scenarios

Testing provided for individuals who have symptoms concerning for COVID-19 infection at school, or at home.

Type of Test: RT-PCR nasal swab
Turnaround Time: 24-48 hours
Cost: Free, no out of pocket
Drive-up/Walk-up Locations and Hours:
Wakefield: M-F 3:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (CLOSED FOR SUMMER)

Kenmore: M-F 3:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m; Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Reporting: The laboratory will call parents/guardians whose child tests positive as soon as results are available. Reports will be emailed to parents/guardians at the email address indicated on the intake form. If you have not received notification within 48 hours, please call the laboratory at 571-375-0755 or email us at info@resourcepath.net.
Note: It is important to quarantine until results are available.

Testing provided for asymptomatic individuals who have been in contact with others who have tested positive for Coronavirus.

Type of Test: RT-PCR nasal swab
Turnaround Time: 24-48 hours
Cost: Free, no out of pocket
Drive-up/Walk-up Locations and Hours:
Wakefield: M-F 3:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (CLOSED FOR SUMMER)
Kenmore: M-F 3:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m; Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NEW SUMMER HOURS: M-F 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reporting: The laboratory will call parents/guardians whose child tests positive as soon as results are available. Reports will be emailed to parents/guardians at the email address indicated on the intake form. If you have not received notification within 48 hours, please call the laboratory at 571-375-0755 or email us at info@resourcepath.net.

Note: It is important to quarantine until results are available. Also note that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has an incubation period of at least 4 days. For the first 4 days after exposure you will not have symptoms from the virus, you won’t be contagious, and you can’t detect the virus by testing. To avoid “false negatives” we encourage all asymptomatic individuals who have been notified they were exposed to someone who tested positive to consider all of the potential days of exposure and count 4 days from the last exposure and take the test on day 5. If any concerning symptoms are present, get tested as soon as you can.

The CDC recommends weekly surveillance testing for all teachers and staff participating in in-person learning.

Type of Test: RT-PCR nasal swab
Turnaround Time: 24-48 hours
Cost: Free, no out of pocket
Drive-up/Walk-up Locations and Hours:
Wakefield: M-F 3:30p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (CLOSED FOR SUMMER)
Kenmore: M-F 3:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m; Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NEW SUMMER HOURS: M-F 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reporting: The laboratory will call parents/guardians whose child tests positive as soon as results are available. Reports will be emailed to parents/guardians at the email address indicated on the intake form. If you have not received notification within 48 hours, please call the laboratory at 571-375-0755 or email us at info@resourcepath.net.
Notes: We ask that individual teachers/staff wishing to participate in weekly testing come to one of our three testing sites at any time convenient to them with no appointment needed.

APS is also committed to identifying those without symptoms of coronavirus who may be contagious. This asymptomatic, “surveillance” testing is an important strategy for mitigating risks of infection in the classroom. APS is working with ResoucePath to design a Surveillance Testing Program and will be forming an APS COVID-19 Testing Working Group to gather stakeholder feedback regarding the type of testing to be used, what percent of a population should be tested, how frequently should testing occur to maximize the impact, and the latest CDC guidance. Other considerations include ensuring equity and responsiveness, and engagement of the community. Any student, parent or staff member who is interested in joining the working group or getting more information, please email us at emergencymgt@apsva.us. APS and ResourcePath will be running a pilot program of daily antigen testing for high school students to start in May.