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ViSSTA Testing Program

FCCPS soon will be providing two types of COVID testing in the division: both screening and diagnostic.

Screening

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been working closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to implement a free COVID-19 screening testing program for our students, teachers, and staff for rest of the 21-22 school year.

Screening testing is routine testing of individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Many COVID-19 infections come from contact with a person who does not have symptoms; screening testing can help identify infected people who may be contagious as early as possible so measures can be taken to keep the virus from spreading  Testing is an extra layer of prevention combined with vaccination and other mitigation strategies at our school such as masks, social distancing, hand washing and can help keep students, teachers, and staff healthy and in school. The school testing program will be open to all students, teachers, and staff.

For students to participate in the program, parents must provide permission. We hope that every student will participate in this program, another way to keep our students safe and our schools healthy. You will need to complete a separate permission form for each student and can rescind your permission at any time.

Employees also must provide permission.

FCCPS is working with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to secure a vendor who will help us implement a system-wide screening test process.

Diagnostic Testing

FCCPS will provide a diagnostic testing kit for anyone who has symptoms. This will eliminate the need for families to try to locate a test provider should their students be sent home ill. The individual will receive a BinaxNow Proctored Test kit to use at home. This test is proctored by a healthcare professional who will monitor the home administration virtually and verify the results.  We are excited for our schools to offer this for everyone. As soon as the division receives its allotment of test kits from the Virginia Department of Health we will begin the process. 

Testing will be completely free.

The following links provide an introduction to the kits and the at-home proctored testing process we will be utilizing soon.