Instructions for Participation in COVID Testing
You must provide your consent for your student to participate in COVID testing administered by the Newton Public Schools. The consent form is NOW AVAILABLE. Please log into Aspen to complete the consent form: Aspen Login Link.
Once logged in, follow these instructions to complete the form: Instructions to Complete COVID Consent Form in Aspen.
This testing program is VOLUNTARY and you must provide your consent in order to participate. You may opt-in at any time.
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Your COVID Testing Questions
We know families have many questions about the COVID Testing Program. The documents below provide answers to your questions about testing, as well as what happens when a positive case is identified either through school-based testing or outside of school.
Have a question you don't see answered on in the FAQ document? Complete this form to submit a new question: COVID Questions Form.
COVID-19 Testing for the 2021-22 School Year
Aligned with the recommendation of our Medical Advisory Group, NPS will offer a multi-layered COVID Testing Protocol in school buildings for staff and students. The testing protocols are as follows:
- Symptomatic Testing: This protocol will be used for students and staff who develop symptoms while at school. It is a rapid test performed by the school nurse or other qualified health professional.
- Test and Stay (Close contact testing): This protocol will be used to test unvaccinated asymptomatic individuals who have been identified as close contacts. It is designed to allow close contacts to stay in school vs. quarantining at home and missing school. It is a daily rapid test performed for at least five days following exposure by the school nurse or other qualified health professional.
- Routine (Weekly) COVID Pooled Testing: This protocol will be used for all individuals who opt-in to participate in the weekly COVID testing program. Testing will be conducted one time per week.
Please review this presentation on COVID testing from the September 9, 2021 School Committee Meeting: Overview of COVID Testing Program for 2021-22 School Year.
For more information on the state testing program, please view this document: State COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Slides.
For individuals who need to access testing on their own, DPH provides a searchable database of all currently available testing sites.
Data Dashboard for COVID Cases and Testing in Schools
The City of Newton tracks data for COVID cases in the Newton Public Schools. You can find the COVID case counts by week on this page: Newton HHS COVID Case Counts for NPS. (scroll down to the green bar on the page and look for this headline: COVID-19 Data Dashboard for the Newton Public Schools (2021-22 School Year)
Once the NPS COVID Testing program is launched, NPS will provide weekly testing data for families to review: Weekly COVID Testing Data (not yet active.)
COVID-19 Public Testing Sites
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has developed a comprehensive network of COVID-19 testing sites. Some sites are operated by the state and others are operated by public and private health care facilities. The most efficient way for you to identify the best testing site for your situation is to visit this website: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing. The site provides informaton on testing location, cost, insurance payments, referrals, and more.
If you are seeking a no-cost COVID-19 test, please visit this site for free testing provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread