La Crosse School District to implement COVID testing program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The School District of La Crosse will begin implementing a free voluntary COVID-19 testing program tomorrow.

The testing program will have two parts: in-school PCR testing for symptomatic students, and drive-up/walk-up testing sites at several locations throughout the district. Aimee Zabrowski, the district’s director of student services, said permission from a parent or guardian is required for all student testing.

“Just as we’re seeing cases in the community rise, we’re seeing cases rise in our schools, too,” Zabrowski said. “Our ultimate goal is to have kids healthy in schools and in person learning. So our hope is this is just one more mitigation strategy to keep kids healthy, in school, learning from their teachers.”

By offering accessible testing, Zabrowski hopes the district can prevent COVID-19 from spreading, and keep students in the classroom.

“Already, first week of school, we’re doing contact tracing. So it’s been busy,” Sara Liurance, nurse for the district, said.

PCR testing will be available at each school site, administered through a shallow nasal swab. Liurance says she feels this form of testing will be less scary for kids. The district anticipates that results will be available in 24-48 hours after each test.

Drive-up testing, which will also be administered through a nasal swab, will be available five days a week at various district locations beginning Sept. 8:
  • Monday testing will be available at Logan High School between 7-10 a.m., and Spence Elementary between 2-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday testing will be available at Hogan Administrative Center between 7-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday testing will be at Logan High School between 2-5 p.m.
  • Thursday testing will be held at Hogan Administrative Center between 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday testing will be administered at Spence Elementary between 7-10 a.m., and at Logan High School between 2-5 p.m.

With these three different locations, the district hopes testing can be more accessible for students, staff and their families. Zabrowski says activity at each location will be monitored, and possibly changed in the future based on community response.

“We wanted to make sure that there were testing locations throughout the community for those families where access to a vehicle to maybe get to one side of town may be a challenge,” Zabrowski said.

The School District of La Crosse is partnering with Accelerated Labs and is using a federal grant to fund the testing efforts.

These drive-up tests are available to School District of La Crosse students and staff, as well as members of their households.

The district recommends preregistering before getting tested at one of the district drive-up sites, as preregistration is required for all tests.

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