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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Student full name
- Student DOB
- Student school
- Opt-out reason * (write “Testing not required”)
STUDENT REGISTRATION LINKS FOR COVID-19 TESTING INCLUDING TEST TO STAY PARTICIPATION
A L Stanback Middle
Cedar Ridge High
Efland Cheeks Elementary
Grady Brown Elementary
Gravelly Hill Middle
New Hope Elementary
Orange Middle School
River Park Elementary School
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