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General Parent/Guardian Consent for COVID-19 Testing

Parent Consent for COVID-19 testing

To keep more students in school, and to assist parents in initial testing of students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the District plans to provide COVID-19 testing during 2021-2022 school year, so long as the District is willing and able to continue testing of symptomatic students as an option.

Parents are not required to sign this consent. If consent is not provided and your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, he/she will be subject to the traditional quarantine/exclusion protocol as determined by the local health department.

 Consent for Testing:

 I, _________________________ (legal name) hereby consent to PCR or rapid Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)-approved diagnostic test of my child, including the collection, testing, and analysis, of a sample specimens(s) by Marseilles Elementary School District (the “District”), or an appropriate representative(s) of the District.  I acknowledge and understand that this testing of my child will require the collection of a sample specimen(s) which may be obtained by nasal or oral swab, saliva, or other recommended collection procedures from trained personnel.  I understand that there are risks—including, but not limited to, the potential for false positive or false negative test results—and benefits—including, but not limited to, allowing my child to remain in the classroom following certain indoor COVID-19 exposures—associated with my child undergoing a diagnostic test for COVID-19.  I assume full responsibility for taking appropriate action with regards to my child’s test results.  Should I have questions or concerns regarding my child’s results, confirmation of the test results, or a worsening of my child’s condition (if applicable), I shall promptly seek advice and treatment from an appropriate healthcare provider.

Terms and Conditions:

 a.    Notice of Student Privacy Rights and Practices:  All results obtained through the District’s testing shall be used for a modified quarantine approach following a certain close contact exposures, COVID-19 mitigation, tracking, and other purposes which may include surveys and data collection by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Department of Public Health and/or local health departments.  All such results shall be retained in a confidential manner consistent with applicable State and Federal law and regulation.

 b.    Attestation:  I attest that I have authority to execute this form providing consent for my child to participate in this testing.

 c.     Voluntary Participation: I understand that my child’s participation is voluntary.  I understand that my child must not attend school if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 regardless of whether I consent to their participation in this testing or withdraw my consent, and the District will comply with the isolation/quarantine period consistent with local public health department, IDPH or CDC guidance.

d.    Disclosure of Test Results and Associated Information:  I acknowledge that the District may disclose my child’s COVID-19 test results and mine/my child’s associated information to appropriate representatives of the District and/or appropriate Federal, State, county, or other governmental and regulatory entities as may be permitted by law. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, this may include sharing my/my child’s test results and associated information with ISBE or public health authorities.  I understand that the District will also provide me with information on my child’s test results.  I understand that the District will notify me of my child’s test results via phone call or e-mail.

e.    Release:  As consideration for this testing, I hereby, for myself, and for my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, waive, release and forever discharge the District, its Board members individually, administrators, officers, employees, volunteers, agents and representatives from any and all manner of action and actions, cause and causes of action, suits, debts, accounts, damages, claims and demands whatsoever in law, or in equity, which I may now have or may acquire, by reason of personal injury or death or loss of or damage to personal property or any other reasons, which may be related in any way to the COVID-19 testing provided by the District which may accrue on account of my child’s participation.  I acknowledge and agree that I have read, understand, and agreed to the statements contained within this form. I have been informed about the purpose of the COVID-19 test being used, the procedures to be performed, the potential risks and benefits, and any associated costs. I have been provided an opportunity to ask questions before providing my consent to COVID-19 testing and I understand that I may withdraw my consent to COVID-19 testing at any time. I have read the contents of this form in its entirety, and I voluntarily consent to testing for COVID-19.

 f.      Indemnification:  I hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the District, its Board members individually, administrators, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents from any and all claims of responsibility or liability for personal injury, property damage, or loss which may arise from or is in any way connected with the COVID-19 testing provided by the District on account of my child’s participation.

 g.    Effect of Consent:  By signing below, I am indicating that I voluntarily consent to and authorize the diagnostic testing described above for the detection of COVID-19.  This consent is ongoing for the duration of the District’s implementation of a diagnostic testing protocol and I acknowledge that it may be revoked at any time in writing.

 The tests used by the District have been approved for diagnostic use through Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).  However, a rapid test alone may not be sufficient to detect or rule out the possibility that an individual has been exposed to or is infected with COVID-19. Individuals who receive a test should carefully monitor their own symptoms for 14 days from last exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case.


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