SHIELD COVID Testing
Robinson CUSD#2 is partnering with the University of Illinois to test students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection using the University of Illinois’ rapid rtPCR test (“SHIELD Test”). This non-invasive COVID-19 test is VOLUNTARY AND FREE to all CUSD2 students and staff and is at no cost to the district. If you consent, your child will receive a free SHIELD diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus conducted by collecting saliva. A third-party medical agency, will facilitate and administer SHIELD testing. Testing will be conducted at least once a week per current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations as adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Why SHIELD Testing
IDPH partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide weekly testing to participating schools utilizing the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based RT-PCR testing. Screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 are intended to identify infected persons who are asymptomatic and without known or suspected exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Screening tests are performed to identify persons who may be contagious to prevent further transmission. Screening tests can be an effective mitigation strategy, especially in areas with high-to-moderate community transmission.