Free COVID-19 testing for LPS high school students and staff

The week of February 8, each high school will have two testing days for staff and students
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Department of Education, the operations team with Test Nebraska, and Lincoln Public Schools are teaming up in a volunteer pilot high school COVID-19 testing project.

“This pilot testing project helps local health officials determine the prevalence of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, and what safety protocols need to be adjusted to further reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19,” the LPS news release said.

The data they gather from this will be used to determine decisions about the remainder of the school year–particularly when the high school students will return to in-person classes.

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COVID-19 testing will be available for high school students and staff for free, however, there are a limited amount of test kits so testing will be done on a first-come, first-serve, and volunteer basis at all six LPS high schools during the week of February 8.

They will find out their results within 72 hours via the email they used to register. If they get tested and do not show any symptoms, they will not have to quarantine while waiting to hear their results. If they test positive, Test Nebraska, and the health department will give them a call. Following this, they will have to follow LPS COVID-19 protocols and self-isolate at home.

Each high school will schedule two test days. Those who are completely remote learners or attend in-person are welcome to test either day. Below is the schedule:

East High School

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 11, noon – 4:30 p.m.

Lincoln High School

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11, noon – 4:30 p.m.

North Star High School

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12, noon – 4:30 p.m.

Northeast High School

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11, noon – 4:30 p.m.

Southeast High School

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12, noon – 4:30 p.m.

Southwest High School

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12, noon – 4:30 p.m.

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