COVID Testing

  • ETHS District 202 is partnering with the University of Illinois (SHIELD) program to conduct COVID testing, which supports our efforts to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. Non-invasive testing for COVID-19 will be performed on a voluntary basis at ETHS and is free to all current students. Testing at ETHS begins the week of October 18, 2021. ETHS will work to protect the privacy and confidentiality of students who participate in COVID testing.

    If a student is vaccinated and you have not yet submitted proof, please complete the Proof of Covid Vaccination for Students as soon as possible.


    COVID Testing at ETHS

    Who: Students who have not submitted proof of vaccination 

    When: Weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (students can check their email to confirm their testing dates and locations

    Where: Beardsley Gym lobby; staff will help direct students to their testing area

    What: SHIELD test - a free, non-invasive diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus

    How:  Collecting a saliva (spit) deposit in less than five minutes, which provides results in 24-48 hours; students should not eat, drink, or chew gum 60 minutes before providing a saliva sample.


    Tips for Submitting a Successful Saliva (Spit) Test

    In the hour before the test:

    • Do not drink fluids (including water)
    • Do not eat
    • Do not brush or floss your teeth, or use mouthwash
    • Do not chew gum

    You may also want to rinse or gargle your mouth with water to remove any discoloration (such as from coffee) or small pieces of food. Be sure to do this at least one hour before your test. 

    At the test:

    • Pool your drool under your tongue with your face mask on.
    • Drool into your funnel and tube; keep your face mask on between spit deposits.
    • Slide the tip of your tongue along your gums behind your teeth to stimulate your salivary glands and deposit this saliva in the funnel.
    • Avoid swishing saliva in your mouth or pulling saliva from the back of your mouth.


    Additional Information

    • COVID testing is administered by our SHIELD-designated third-party partner Visit Healthcare. 
    • SHIELD testing was developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has a sensitivity rate of 97% and an accuracy rate of 99%.
    • Families will be notified of any positive test results.
    • In addition to you receiving your child’s test results, ETHS Health Services and designated school administrators will also receive your child’s test results, consistent with IDPH guidance and the Illinois Control of Communicable Disease Code.
    • If a student has tested positive for COVID and they are not vaccinated, they will be required to participate in weekly SHIELD testing for 90 days after testing positive.