In-School Diagnostic Testing

  • Falmouth Public Schools has been approved for in-school diagnostic testing. 

    • Symptomatic Testing: When a student or staff member presents with symptoms during school, they may be tested with a BinaxNOW rapid antigen test (and depending on results, may be recommended for a PCR test). Please do not come to school or send students to school if they are experiencing symptoms at home.

    Parent/Guardian consent for in-school symptomatic/diagnostic testing is required. 

    Consent to Test

    Parents may complete the online consent form for in-school testing. The district can also send a paper copy home for anyone who cannot fill out the online form. Link for consent: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=Falmouth

    Opt-In Program

    Falmouth Public Schools has opted into an at-home testing program that will increase testing of participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. The at-home testing option began for students beginning the week of January 31, 2022, at which time Test and Stay ended.
    As part of this shift in the program, Test and Stay and contact tracing is discontinued for in-school close contacts. If your student is a potential contact in school, they may continue to come to school and do not have to quarantine. This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary and only those who opt-in will receive tests. You may opt-in at any time and will be set up for the next distribution. If you have questions, please contact the COVID Team at covidteam@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

    At-Home Rapid Testing

    Please check the email sent to families for links to the forms below:

    • Opt-In: To participate, your family must opt-in by completing the opt-in form. By opting in, you will agree to review the training materials for test administration and report positive test results.
    • Weekly: Every two weeks you will receive an iHealth/or equivalent at-home rapid test kit. Each kit contains two individual tests. Your student will administer one test each week on Wednesday.
    • Reporting Positive Test Results: If your student tests positive on an at-home antigen test, you will inform their school of the positive result using the Positive Test Result Notification form. The school will keep the results confidential and will not make individual results public. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you inform your healthcare professional of the positive result.
    • Easy, Free, and Flexible: This test is administered at home (not at school), reducing the burden on school staff and time to administer tests and increasing a family’s flexibility to do testing in the home for free.
    • Reporting Positive Test Results: If you test positive on an at-home antigen test, you will report the positive result using this link: https://forms.gle/bMguMFwEgLTZQ8pk8.