Parents of students under the age of 18, students 18 or older, and all employees of the Lenox Public Schools are receiving today a copy of a consent form to use for participation in pooled testing for the COVID-19 virus. Broad participation in weekly pooled testing by students and school employees will help make schools a safer environment by detecting the presence of the virus among those tested.
Pooled testing is voluntary. No one is required to participate. Only those who submit a consent form agreeing to participate may be tested. Anyone opting not to participate at this time may file a consent form and join a testing pool at her or his school at a later date. But I urge you to join now.
As we move closer to reopening our schools full-time for in-person instruction participating in pooled testing will make our schools safer. I hope you will consider this opportunity seriously.
Whether you consent to being tested or you choose not to take part, please submit your completed form by Monday, March 15.