April Gateway COVID-19 Testing
In order to more safely resume in-person learning, Calhoun will require that all in person students and employees be tested within the five days prior to the start of in-person learning on Wednesday, April 7.
Why are we doing Gateway Testing?
The premise behind this Gateway Testing is that every person who is on campus when school resumes in April will have been cleared by a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning. This will greatly reduce the likelihood of needing to quarantine pods/cohorts once we are back in-person.
How can the Gateway Testing requirement be satisfied? (Cohort B students and faculty please see here.)
The testing requirement can be met in one of two ways:
1. Submit a saliva sample to 81st Street on Monday, April 5 between 8:30am and 12:30pm. Every in-person student and employee will be given an extra test kit the week of March 15 for this purpose. (Upper School Cohort A received their Gateway kits on March 11.) Samples should be created on the morning of April 5, before arriving on campus. (As always, no eating, drinking or teeth brushing 30 mins prior and no mouthwash two hours prior.)
2. Send the results from a negative molecular-based test (i.e. PCR, NAAT) administered no earlier than Friday, April 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, the weekend of April 2 is Easter weekend and labs may run slower than normal. We will not accept rapid antigen tests as a replacement for the PCR testing that Calhoun administers. Please make sure the test results are sent to email@example.com no later than 4pm the day preceding your return to campus. Learn more about off-campus testing requirements here.