Announcements and Important Events
COVID-19 Antigen Testing Information
Spring Athletics 2021
We acknowledge and understand how many mixed feelings and emotions come with starting spring sports this year under the newest MDHHS requirements. We are all working together to come up with the safest, and most efficient way to allow for full participation. During this stressful time, we understand that you may have some questions about the rapid testing that will take place for your student-athlete. Please read through the following important key facts and FAQ’s to answer your questions. Please, do not hesitate to contact one of us if you have any further questions.
Spring sports testing will begin after spring break.
Martin Salazar, Athletic Director
Stacy Ryan, Athletic Trainer
- Testing area and equipment is sanitized prior to testing.
- Testing swabs are self-administered by athletes under the supervision of testing personnel.
- Swabs are only inserted 2.5 cm into both left and right nostrils, circulating each nostril 5 times.
- Swabs are then placed into the testing card by the testing personnel and allowed to sit undisturbed for 15 minutes.
- Test results are read by the testing personnel in 15 minutes.
- Both positive and negative test results are reported to MHHDS by the testing personnel.
- In order to participate in school athletics, both contact and non-contact athletes will be required to complete an antigen COVID-19 test once per week.
- Only athletes 13-19 years of age are required to complete a weekly test. If your child is under the age of 13, testing is optional.
- All COVID-19 antigen tests are self-administered by the athlete under the supervision of the testing personnel.
- Swab is only inserted 2.5 cm up the nostril.
- If a test comes back positive the athlete’s parents will be contacted and the athlete will be isolated until pick up.
- If an antigen test comes back positive, a second antigen test will NOT be administered and a PCR test is required within 48 hours of the positive test.
- If an athlete is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms an antigen test will not be administered, a PCR test will be required at an offsite testing center (i.e., urgent care).
- If your child has had a positive PCR COVID-19 test within the last 90 days, they are excluded from the weekly antigen testing. Once their 90 days have passed, they will be required to participate in the weekly antigen testing program.
- A doctor’s note confirming a positive PCR test in the past 90 days is required in order to be excluded from testing.