CMP has partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to help facilitate our weekly COVID-19 testing of students and staff. We will continue to offer rapid antigen BINAX testing as needed for close contacts and asymptomatic testing for students to return to school.
Similar to BINAX testing, all student testing is completely voluntary. If you choose to have your child participate in weekly testing through Concentric, you will need to sign a consent. You can review the attached overview from Concentric to answer any questions you may have.
What is pooled testing?
Pooling can test 25 people using one test. All students in a class, pod, or cohort swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test.
Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. If you do not want your family to participate, your student will not be included in the testing program.
To learn more about pooled testing, read the attached overview of Concentric’s pooled testing program and watch this video: https://www.concentricbyginkgo.com/#salem from another school using this service.
For more information, visit Concentric by Ginkgo’s website: https://www.concentricbyginkgo.com/.
Testing will take place during school time in the Pacific Room.