Batavia Public School District 101: The district weekly for October 20, 2021

Hello families BPS101-

As noted in last week’s post, BPS101 is partnering with SHIELD Illinois (University of Illinois) to provide optional weekly PCR screening tests to kindergarten to grade 5 students. Thank you for agreeing to be part of this program. Your response exceeded our expectations.

The school district offers this drug test, but consent for the test is completely voluntary and will not be given unless you indicate that you want your student to participate. If you would like to be part of this program by opting for the weekly PCR testing for your K-5 students, please log on to the website PowerSchool Portal (not the app) and click on the “SHIELD Opt-In” link under “Quick Actions” on the home page for each of your K-5 students you wish to enroll.

District and school leaders work with SHIELD to develop the most effective protocols to reduce time while maintaining testing efficiency. Each building will have slightly different hours and procedures. We plan to start testing on Tuesday October 26.

We may need to skip classes and / or schools early on as we create efficiency in the process, so understand that this is a work in progress. Until we start working with the schools and the number of students who have enrolled, we will not be able to give exact screening hours per school.

Provisional SHIELD BPS101 Screening Schedule 2021-22

East Side Schools = Starting Tuesday morning (from October 26)

West Side Schools = Starting Wednesday morning (from October 27)

This video shows what students will do to submit their samples.

Below are links to general information and frequently asked questions about SHIELD testing. Additional FAQs have been added since last week based on questions we received through [email protected]. Additional details and information about the SHIELD tests will be shared in the coming weeks and throughout the school year as updates are made to the curriculum.

More to come next week.


This press release was produced by Batavia 101 Public School District. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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