Sanford Schools to Start Pooled Testing for Covid-19

by Steve Bussiere, Assistant Superintendent of Schools

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Sanford School Department administrators have been working closely with the Maine Department of Education to implement a free COVID-19 pooled testing program for students and staff.

Pooled testing involves gathering test swabs from all consenting participants in a classroom into one “pool” every week and then testing that pooled sample for COVID-19. Shallow nasal self-swabs will be used and test results should be available within 24-48 hours. If the result of a pool is negative, all pool members are considered COVID-19 free. If a pool returns a positive result, all pool members will be re-tested as soon as possible using the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Test.

Individuals who participate in pooled testing will no longer have to quarantine from a school exposure if that individual has no symptoms and has not tested positive for COVID-19.

To learn more about pooled testing, please click here and/or watch this video.

To enroll your student in pooled testing, please use the links and codes listed below. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone. Consent to participate in the program can be provided OR withdrawn at any time during the school year. Multi-student homes will need to complete the process separately for each child. Please do not register anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 until 90 days after their positive test.

1. Consent form for minors (under 18 years of age)

2. Consult form for adults (18 years of age or older)

SchoolCodeTentative Testing Day
Carl J. Lamb ElementaryCJL2021Tuesday
Margaret Chase Smith ElementaryMCS2021Monday
Sanford Pride ElementarySPE2021Tuesday
Sanford Middle SchoolSMS2021Tuesday
Sanford High School / Bridge ProgramSHS2021Monday

Pooled testing for grades K-4 will begin September 27, with tentative district-wide pooled testing beginning October 4. For more information, please log in to this Zoom presentation about pooled testing on Tuesday, September 21st via Zoom at 6:00 pm: https://sanford-org.zoom.us/j/86066037556?pwd=SjFSNFYrVmU2QVIvRmxna2t4a2Ntdz09 Meeting ID: 860 6603 7556 Passcode: 314908

To view the slides for Tuesday night’s presentation, please click here.