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Return to Learn Plan, Mask Information and Updates on COVID-19 Cases

"Test-to-Stay" Information Regarding The Consent to Test Form

Information Regarding the Consent to Test Form

Parents and Guardians,

North Mac has a very successful Test-to-Stay program up and running within our District. If your child is eligible, or soon becomes eligible, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we urge you to give serious consideration on allowing your child to receive the vaccine. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, we then urge you to please consent for your child to participate in our Test-to-Stay program. Please know that this test is an extremely gentle and quick process. We use the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test and you can see from the short video linked below that this is a swab just ¼ to ½ inch inside the nostrils. We want to make it clear that this is NOT the former test used that was often referred to as the “Brain Tickler”. So please know this is a very gentle, safe and quick test. Please review this video for more detailed information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baQQfoX-JXo&t=145s

Please also understand that we are still being required by the IDPH and ISBE to exclude students who have been determined by the MCPHD as known exposures as defined by IDPH, and who have not been vaccinated or who refuse to participate in the Test-to-Stay program. That reality has not changed. So, in order to avoid potential exclusion from school we highly recommend that unvaccinated children participate in this very safe and simple Test-to-Stay program.

If you have not already done so, and wish for your child to participate in the Test-to-Stay program, part of that process is a consent form that must be signed and on file. The consent to test form, along with the short video showing how the tests are administered, are currently on the North Mac Website. This can be found under the Resources tab, then click the “Return to Learn Plan, Masking Information and Updates on COVID-19 Cases” section. If you elect to participate, please fill out the consent form and either send this form in with your child or email the signed form to your child’s school secretary. At the High School please email the form to Kristy at KBarnes@northmacschools.org, at the South Campus please email the form to Debbie as DButler@northmacschools.org, and at the Elementary School please email the form to Nita as NCrews@northmacschools.org.

VIDEO: A Guide for the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Self-Test

 Consent Form> > > North Mac 34 - BinaxNOW Student Testing Consent updated 10-6-2021

Please note the following new documents regarding the return to school.

Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools (Aug 2021)

Return to Learn Plan *2021

Return to Learn Parent Letter July 2021

Face Covering Information July 2021

Certification for Mask Exemption and Remote Learning Option updated 8/11/2021

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