Highline's COVID response team is trained and available to test Highline staff, students and families.
Testing is available to any staff or student who may have been exposed to COVID. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are self-administered nasal swabs, the most reliable type of COVID testing. Test results are available 24 to 48 hours after testing.
After a positive case is reported by a student or staff member, the COVID response team sets up a time when anyone in that school or work site can come for testing. Testing is voluntary.
Students, staff and family members are required to register for the test. You will be notified of the test time and location by the school or department administrator. You can register using our COVID response link tree. Testing will be available at centralized locations throughout the district every week.
In the event of a positive test, the COVID response team works with schools and work sites to support contact tracing and determining who needs to quarantine.
Screening testing is used to detect COVID before symptoms occur. Screening will be conducted at school sites every three weeks. Testing is not mandatory. All in-person students and staff will be offered an opportunity to opt in to screening testing. Students under age 18 will need a signed consent form to participate in screening testing. Find a link to a consent form on our COVID response link tree.
We will use batch testing for screening. In batch testing, cohort samples and results are grouped in the lab process. If the group result comes back positive for COVID, all individuals in that cohort must quarantine until the positive individual can be identified. Follow-up testing will be offered to individuals in the cohort with a rapid test that provides results in about 15 minutes.