Beginning December 3, 2020, COVID-19 testing will be available to CPS students and staff who are exhibiting symptoms of the illness.
The type of test that will be used is most accurate when administered in the first 7 days of symptom onset. Therefore, prior to testing, staff, parents and/or guardians will call the CPS nurse triage phone line at 214-3975 to discuss the need for testing based on guidelines. The phone line will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, school days only.
If it is determined that the student or staff member will be tested, an appointment will be made for one of the 2 testing sites located at either Hickman or Rock Bridge high schools. Testing appointments will be Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. when school is in session. Testing will not be available on days that school is closed for breaks or snow days.
The test is performed by nasal swab. After the swab is done, the individual will return home and begin isolating until they receive their test result from a CPS nurse. The nurse will provide guidance on what actions should be taken based on the test result.
The Columbia Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or use of leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities, or with regard to employment. The Columbia Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer. Inquiries regarding Columbia Public Schools’ compliance with IDEA and Section 504 regulations should contact Special Services at 1818 West Worley, Columbia MO, 65203 (573) 214-3462.