Testing will be required before students, faculty and staff arrive on campus for in-person teaching or learning. Testing will be coordinated through . Our provider for testing will be managed by Joy Hardison, M.D., and her team at Healthtopia Clinics in Encinitas.
Type of Test
LJCDS will test all faculty, staff and students using the , which provides automated and objective results in 15 minutes. The test employs immunofluorescence technology used with Sofia and Sofia 2 to detect nucleocapsid protein from SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 virus in nasal swab (NS) specimens.
The test was designed and is manufactured by Quidel in San Diego, California.
Testing Fee/ Insurance Coverage
An individual’s insurance should pay for the testing. Currently, most insurances are waiving patient costs for COVID-19 testing until further notice. If insurance does not pay for the testing, the school will absorb the cost. At this time, testing will be available for faculty, staff and students only.
Every student, faculty member and staff must be tested the week prior to joining the on-campus community, be it at the beginning of the year or whenever they begin on-campus learning. Throughout the year, students, faculty and staff who have been away from the campus for at least two consecutive weeks will be required to take a test before rejoining the community.
During the school day, individuals on campus who display COVID-19 symptoms will have the opportunity for immediate antigen testing on campus and use of telemedicine with our provider to assist in their medical care. We will evaluate the prevalence of COVID-19 in San Diego, and may require testing on a more regular schedule to increase the safety of our community.
If a member of the community tests positive for COVID-19, all students, teachers and staff members in the cohort and/or members who have had close contact with the individual will be notified immediately. Learning and teaching will occur remotely.
When there is a COVID-19 infection, the school will:
Notify the local public health department
Isolate case and exclude the individual from school for 14 days from symptom onset or test date
Identify contacts and quarantine exposed contacts (likely entire cohort for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious)
Recommend testing of contacts, prioritize testing for symptomatic contacts. Quarantine time will not be shortened from the 14 days.
Disinfection and cleaning of classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time
School remains open
If the individual who tested positive is a student who has a sibling or siblings, the sibling(s) will likely have been in close contact with the student. If it is determined that someone has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case: