Highline's COVID test team is trained and available to test Highline staff and students. We can send the COVID test team to a school or worksite upon being informed of a positive COVID case. The team can test students and staff who were exposed. Administering a test between 3 and 7 days following the exposure provides the most accurate results.
The tests are available to any staff or student who may have been exposed to COVID. Testing is not mandatory. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are self-administered oral swabs, the most reliable type of COVID testing. Test results are available 24 to 48 hours after testing.
The COVID response and testing team will continue to work with schools and sites when impacted by COVID to determine contact tracing, who needs to quarantine and when they can return.
Students and staff are required to register for the test. When families and staff are notified of the exposure, a link to the registration form will be shared.
What to Expect the Day of Testing
Test sites will be outdoor walk-up sites under a canopy. Tests are self-administered oral swabs.
- Check in with a COVID team member. The team member will ask to confirm the name (staff or student) and date of birth.
- A team member will guide the staff or student through a self-collected sample process. The team member will provide the student with a personal test kit and ensure that the samples are collected and documented properly.
- Once the staff or student is done testing, the team member will collect their test kit and provide them with hand sanitizer.
- Test results are available within 24-48 hours of testing via email or text, depending on the information provided during registration.