What is SHIELD?
SHIELD is an innovative, saliva-based PCR test created by the University of Illinois that is being made available to support screening for COVID-19. You can read more about it at https://www.uillinois.edu/shield
How often will testing occur and where?
Testing will occur once a week. Specific dates and times will be shared by each school.
Is SHIELD Testing mandatory?
Weekly SHIELD testing will be mandatory for students participating in extracurriculars at both Bolingbrook and Romeoville High School. It will also be required for indoor middle school athletics at the start of the school year. Pending community transmission level and in consideration of other mitigations, SHIELD testing may be expanded to include other student and staff populations. Vaccinated students are exempt from mandatory testing.
Who is conducting this testing?
In partnership with SHIELD Illinois, the District is working with a trained collection partner to conduct the testing.
What is involved with the testing?
Students will be asked to provide a saliva sample for testing weekly. Prior to testing, students should not eat or drink for one hour. Only if the student tests positive would our schools contact a family with regards to next steps in following Valley View School District’s and IDPH’s COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols.
Who do I contact if I have questions about SHIELD Testing?
If you have questions about the process please contact Nicole Egizio (EGIZIONM@vvsd.org) at Romeoville High School, Chuck Marik (MARIKCP@vvsd.org) at Bolingbrook High School and at all other schools, your school's principal or assistant principal.