COVID Testing Program

COVID Testing Program
Posted on 11/22/2021

Chester Academy has adopted a program supported by NH DPHS that will enable our nurses to provide rapid COVID antigen tests while children are in school. There is currently a nationwide shortage of test kits so testing will be provided based on availability. The testing will only be an option for children whose parents have signed a permission form and have developed a COVID-19 symptom during the school day and the nurse determines they may be well enough to remain at school. Participation in the symptomatic testing program is completely voluntary and requires a parental permission form. If you have not yet completed this year’s Registration or Attestation or are uncertain, please contact Beth Howard or Ann Parnell in the main office. Paper copies of the permission form will also be available in the main office.

To complete a Symptomatic COVID-19 Antigen Test Permission Form, please click here.

Once a completed Symptomatic COVID-19 Antigen Test Permission Form is on file for your child:

  • One of our school nurses will contact you if your child is seen in the nurse's office for a COVID-19 symptom and determine if a rapid antigen test is appropriate given their clinical evaluation.
  • Upon confirming your approval, the nurse will administer the nasal swab test and interpret the results (this takes about 15 minutes).
  • The nurse will contact you with the results as soon as possible to determine next steps.

This initiative will be managed by our school nurses Ms. Lora Howard, RN our Chester Academy Nurse and Ms. Lynda Cioli, RN. For more information, please contact Ms. Lora Howard, RN or Ms. Lynda Cioli, RN.