The Natchitoches Parish School Board is partnering with the LSU Health and Science Center to offer a voluntary weekly COVID-19 testing program in Natchitoches Parish Schools. Through this program, NPSB will offer the highest quality PCR testing available at no cost to teachers, staff, students, and families.
Keeping school buildings open depends on our ability to identify and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns on our campuses. By identifying infections early, weekly testing will help keep transmission low and students in school for in-person learning, sports, and extracurricular activities.
This voluntary program will allow NPSB to test both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals and reduce the risk to our school community. Each week a trained healthcare team from LSUHS will visit each school to conduct the testing program using a short nasal swab. The samples will be couriered to the CLIA-certified laboratory and tested using PCR technology. Results will be delivered by text or email by the end of the following day and any individuals with positive tests will be contacted by LSUHS about next steps.
Every additional person tested reduces the chance of the virus spreading in our community. “As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern,” says NPSB Superintendent, Dr. Grant Eloi. “We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping our school community safe and healthy.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to LSUHS at 318-675-7588.
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