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Due to the rising numbers in our county, Yavneh will be joining other schools in the area and implementing a student testing program. We have been conducting tests for our faculty since early October and have been encouraged to proactively pursue testing programs for students in order to support the health and safety of our school community.

Student testing is an additional layer to our current health and safety program. Our families need to continue to be diligent about reporting household members who are experiencing symptoms, keeping students at home until they have received clearance from their physician, and reporting any possible COVID-19 positive contacts to our office. The main goal of the student testing program is to identify any possible asymptomatic cases in our community who might enter campus, by testing every student who is learning on campus at least once a month.

Our office will divide the families who are learning on campus into three groups. Each group will be assigned a testing window of one week per month, during which students are required to get a negative test and submit their results to [email protected] Families must test within this weekly window. This program will begin the week of November 30th so that each student will be tested between Thanksgiving and winter break. Jennifer Carranza will email you with your group (1-3) and the dates through January.

There are three options for a student taking the test. Below is an overview of the options.

Option 1: On-Campus at Yavneh (Day of week TBD)
Our school is offering a testing program through Kids for Kyla, a private testing provider that has been conducting the test of our professional community since early August. Testing through Kyla is free for families who have medical insurance through Kaiser or $75-85 per test for those with other insurance. Kyla provides a molecular test (a lower nasal swab) that typically produces results within 24 hours. More information about registering for this option will be available soon.

Option 2: Santa Clara County is offering testing free to all families that live within the county and are 5+ years. There are multiple sites that you can find at this link – by appointment, they offer indoor and drive through testing for asymptomatic people. If you do choose this option for your child, you will be required to take the extra step to email results to [email protected] no later than the Monday after which the test was taken. Medical insurance is not required for this test. If you have coverage, they will bill your insurer.

Option 3: Private Testing at Your Preferred Site
We understand that your family may have a preferred practitioner or place of testing. Families may choose to test through an outside private provider or through their current health provider. If you do choose this option for your child, you will be required to take the extra step to email results to [email protected] no later than the Monday after which the test was taken.