COVID Testing for Staff, Students and Families

  • The Wichita Public Schools is offering FREE drive-up COVID-19 testing for WPS and First Student staff, all students, and staff/student household family members in order to provide a convenient and efficient mode of diagnostic testing for COVID-19. The program will provide quick and free-of-charge access to testing, ensuring that contact tracing can begin promptly for those testing positive, which helps stop the spread of COVID-19 in our school district. 

     

    Testing information available in English

    Testing information available in Spanish

    Testing information available in Vietnamese

     

    WHO CAN BE TESTED? Any WPS/First Student staff member, student, and their household family members may use the WPS COVID Testing Center, with or without COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell, temperature of >100.4ºF, chills, body/muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and congestion/runny nose. It is recommended to test between Day 2-5 of symptom onset for the most accurate results.


    HOW DO I SCHEDULE TESTING? Call (316) 973-4790 between 8am and 3pm Monday through Friday when school is in session. Drive-through testing will occur in the south parking lot at the administration center, 903 S. Edgemoor, and tests are by appointment only.  Please note: due to high call volumes, it may take a while to receive a call to schedule an appointment.  Click here for other testing options in Sedgwick County.

     

    WHAT KIND OF TEST IS IT? WPS will be using a combination of rapid antigen and PCR tests. The testing samples are obtained by either a simple nasal swab (inserted approximately 1 inch into each nostril, rotated five times), an oropharyngeal (or throat) swab, or by a self-collected saliva specimen. Rapid results are available within 30 minutes to 1 hour; saliva PCR results are available within twenty-four hours. Trained Health Services staff will collect the samples.

     

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY TEST IS POSITIVE? The COVID-19 tests mentioned above are diagnostic tools in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals and all positive results will be processed as such without requiring any further confirmation testing. All individuals tested will receive an official notice of results with instructions on how to proceed if the test is positive.

     

    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY TEST IS NEGATIVE? As long as symptoms have been present for less than 5-7 days, a negative test result will be considered evidence enough to permit individuals to resume normal activities, as long as they are not experiencing a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater without the use of fever-reducing medications. If symptoms have been present for more than 5-7 days, and a negative test result is obtained, the individual will be referred to receive a confirmatory PCR test, which can also be administered at the AMAC COVID Testing Center. All individuals tested will receive an official notice of results with instructions on how to proceed if the test is negative.

     

    WILL MY PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION BE SHARED? IS THIS CONFIDENTIAL? Participation in the WPS COVID-19 testing program is completely voluntary. In order to receive a COVID test, you will have to provide some personal information, including date of birth, address, phone number, and description of symptoms. This information is required by both KDHE/SCHD and by WPS to comply with reporting guidelines. Testing will be performed by trained district Health Services staff, who will utilize the information to compile data to submit to KDHE/SCHD and report results to the building administrator, school nurse, Director of Health Services, and the Employee COVID Hotline.