• Last updated February 28, 2022

    Updated, Optional On-Campus COVID Testing for Students and Staff

    Dear OCS Families,

    We strongly recommend all families register to participate in this free testing program. Orange County Schools, in partnership with the state contracted vendor, MAKO Medical, will begin offering weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and staff. COVID-19 testing is an effective way to reduce risk associated with the transmission of the virus in addition to other strategies being used in schools to keep students and staff safe.   

    Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. All parents or guardians will need to register each child separately using the sign-up registration links for each school. 

    Testing for COVID-19 on the school campus will be conducted by MAKO Medical designated test administrators, the school nurse, or a member of the school’s COVID-19 testing team that have received proper training to administer COVID-19 tests.  The test administration involves a nasal swab conducted by the parent.  If permitted by the Health Department for older students (non-elementary) and adults, self swabbing may be authorized. The school district explored, but was unable to move forward with the proposed testing plan to provide cheek swab testing.  Nasal testing with the state vendor MAKO Medical for COVID-19 testing is the only authorized testing method and will include both onsite rapid antigen and PCR analysis.

    ALL FAMILIES REGISTERING TO PARTICIPATE MUST FILL OUT AN INDIVIDUAL FORM FOR EACH CHILD USING THE LINKS BELOW FOR EACH SCHOOL

    Revoking authorization for COVID-19 Testing is available for individuals that registered when testing was required.  

    To unenroll and opt-out of weekly testing:
    Email strongschoolsnc@makomedical.com with the following information:

        1.       Student full name
        2.       Student DOB
        3.       Student school
        4.       Opt-out reason * (write “Testing not required”)

    SCHOOL NAME

    STUDENT REGISTRATION LINKS FOR COVID-19 TESTING INCLUDING TEST TO STAY PARTICIPATION

    A L Stanback Middle

    A L Stanback Middle COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Cedar Ridge High

    Cedar Ridge High COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Central Elementary

    Central Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Efland Cheeks Elementary

    Efland Cheeks Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Grady Brown Elementary

    Grady Brown Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Gravelly Hill Middle

    Gravelly Hill Middle COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Hillsborough Elementary

    Hillsborough Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

    New Hope Elementary

    New Hope Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Orange High

    Orange High COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Orange Middle School

    Orange Middle School COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Partnership Academy

    Partnership Academy COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Pathways Elementary

    Pathways Elementary COVID-19 Testing Registration

    River Park Elementary School

    River Park ES COVID-19 Testing Registration

    Note: If the registration link does not work, try again in 24-48 hours as the links for
    Orange County Schools are being activated by the vendor for our families.  

    Test results will be reported directly to each student’s family and the Orange County Health Department.  Positive results will result in a contact tracer reaching out to the individual.  Please return any calls or messages left from contact tracers as it’s imperative to respond quickly to those completing contact tracing.

    To learn more about COVID-19 testing in Orange County Schools, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com.

    We appreciate your time and attention to this important COVID-19 testing update.  We anticipate onsite testing being conducted the week of February 14. 

    OCS COVID-19 Testing Administration Team:
    Sylvia Compton, District Lead Nurse
    Dwayne Foster, Director of Athletics, School Health & Operations
    Patrick Abele, Deputy Superintendent-Operations