Unit 9 Mandated Testing Plan and Procedures

Governor JB Pritzker announced on Thursday, August 26, 2021, all school personnel will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or participate in a minimum of weekly COVID testing. You can view the executive order below for more information.

The following plan will be put into place for all Unit 9 employees.   

Important Testing Links

Forms

You need to bring a completed form with you each week. You can click the link below and open with DocHub. Then fill it out and print several copies to save yourself time. You may also print and handwrite your information.

Test Form-U9 Health Alliance

Test Form-ISEA Health Alliance

Test Form-Other Insurance

Vaccination Status

  • Proof of Vaccination: Please provide proof of vaccination to your building administrator or supervisor  by the end of the day on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
    Your proof of vaccination will be confidential and should be given to your administrator only.

  • Nurse Verification: The school nurse will then verify your vaccination. In the event you have lost your vaccination card, contact the school nurse, and she can provide proof by checking the iCARES system.

  • Obtaining Vaccinated Status: Employees who are not vaccinated and choose to do so now must receive the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series or a single-dose vaccination by October 1, 2021. Second doses of the vaccine must be received 30 days after the first dose.

  • Unvaccinated or No Proof: If you are not vaccinated or have not provided proof of vaccination, you will automatically be added to weekly COVID testing procedures.

  • Medical Contradiction or Religious Exemption: If you have a documented medical contradiction or religious exemption to the vaccination, you will follow the same weekly testing schedule as all unvaccinated employees.

  • Substitute Staff:

     Substitute teachers and volunteers can also be tested in this testing process.  

Timeline

  • Vaccination documentation handed in to administrator by Sept. 23, 2021.

  • List created for weekly testing and uploaded to system for ordering supplies on September 24, 2021.

  • Weekly Testing begins on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Unit Office.

  • Test Results received 48 hours after receipt of test.  Only employees testing positive will be notified.  Anyone testing positive will be notified by Friday of that week.   This is a PCR test.  If an employee tests positive, another test will not be necessary.  The information will be forwarded to your local health department.  Isolation protocol and contact tracing information will be administered through their office.

  • Testing will repeat every Tuesday at the Unit Office from 3:30 to 4:30.  

Onsite Testing

Anyone required to test weekly is being offered on-site testing through Achieve Health.  Testing will start on Tuesday, October 5th. 

Please watch the video below.

This is not the company we are working with and only a demonstration of the process. 

What to Bring:

  • The individual patient form (found under important links). This form must be filled out each time testing occurs.  You can click the link and open it in DocHub to finish filling out the form with your information. Print several copies out and bring one each week.

  • Health insurace card is necessary for the first test only.

About the Test:

  • The test is a self administered PCR nasal swab test. 

  • The test must be witnessed by those proctoring the test.

  • Testing is free to the employee. 

  • Achieve Health Management (AHM) bills your health insurance provider.  If your health provider does not cover the test, AHM then defers to the federal government Human Health Services (HHS) to cover the cost.  If you do not have insurance, AHM will automatically bill HHS.  Our insurance carrier, Health Alliance, is currently covering the cost based on how it is coded. This is subject to change due to testing mandates.

Test Results:

  • FedEx will transport our district collection either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. 

  • Results will be reported to the district via portal within 48 hours. 

  • This is a PCR test. 

    If an employee tests positive, another test will not be necessary. 

  • Isolation protocol and contact tracing information will be administered.

     

Special Circumstances:

Anyone who chooses not to test through this process is responsible to test on their own and have results given to each building administrator by the last day of the week. 

  • Special circumstances for employees involved in school related activities will be dealt with on an individual basis for testing alternatives on each Tuesday. 

  • If you are involved in an afterschool program that will not allow you to come during the testing window, please contact your administrator to work on a solution.

FAQ'S

  • Who will be administering the test?  The test is self-administered.  Either the nurse or a Unit 9 employee will witness the test and help in labeling the sample.

  • How long will it take to get the results?  Within 48 hours.

  • What happens if I can’t test on a Tuesday?  Work with your administrator to troubleshoot the situation.  If you cannot come up with a solution, you will have to test on your own and hand in the results by the last day of the week.

  • What will it cost?  There is no cost to the employee. 

  • What will happen if I test positive?  You will begin isolation and contact tracing protocol. 

  • If I test positive, will I have to test again at a local clinic for verification?  No.  This is a PCR test.  These results are accepted by the ICDPH.

  • If I test positive and contact tracing information is needed, what information should I be thinking about? You will be asked to go back 48 hours from the test.  

  • What if I don’t have insurance?  There is no cost to test.

  • What if my insurance is different from the school group?  The form asks for your insurance information.  Please provide your insurance individual ID and group number.