GSB has partnered with Mirimus Labs to conduct weekly testing for COVID-19, beginning November 20th. The testing will be non-invasive and is saliva-based. All students who will be on campus need to participate, and all school employees will also be tested. Mirimus Labs meets our criteria to reliably conduct the testing with a high degree of accuracy and rapid turnaround. Many of our peer schools have demonstrated that pooled testing is an effective way to receive accurate information, which will help limit the spread of the virus.
This measure is intended to support our current protocols and will in no way replace or otherwise change them. As we have already indicated, we ask members of the school community to practice these behaviors even when they are not on campus. They include avoiding large gatherings and wearing face masks, to further lessen the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
We plan to begin the testing on November 20th, and it will take place on a weekly basis moving forward. Students who do not participate in this testing, or do not provide a negative test result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) within 48 hours of the saliva sample collection date will not be permitted to attend in-person classes and extracurriculars and will need to transition to distance learning.
Please see the below chart of testing dates and campus access.
|Week/Period||Test Distribution Day||Test Collection Day||Campus Access|
|Week of 11/16||Wednesday, 11/18 and
|Friday, 11/20||11/20 – 11/25|
|Week of 11/23||NO TESTING||THANKSGIVING BREAK|
|Week of 11/30||Monday, 11/30 and Tuesday, 12/1||Wednesday, 12/2||12/2 – 12/9|
|Week of 12/7||Monday, 12/7 and Tuesday, 12/8||Wednesday, 12/9||12/9 – 12/16|
|Week of 12/14||Monday, 12/14 and Tuesday, 12/15||Wednesday, 12/16||12/16 – 12/23|
|Week of 12/21||NO TESTING||WINTER BREAK|
|Week of 12/28||NO TESTING||WINTER BREAK|
|Week of 1/4||Monday, 1/4 and Tuesday, 1/5||Wednesday, 1/6||1/6 – 1/13|
|Week of 1/11||Monday, 1/11 and Tuesday, 1/12||Wednesday, 1/13||1/13 – 1/20|
|Week of 1/18||Tuesday, 1/19||Wednesday, 1/20||1/20 – 1/27|
|Week of 1/25||Monday, 1/25 and Tuesday, 1/26||Wednesday, 1/27||1/27 – 2/3|
GSB Pooled Testing Procedure
Step 1 – Pick up a Kit
|Lower School Students||Middle School Students||Upper School Students||Faculty & Staff|
|Kits will be distributed before dismissal and placed in the student bags.||Kits will be distributed during homeroom.||Kits will be distributed during advisory.||Faculty & Staff kits will be distributed by admins in each division or building.|
|Saliva Collection Tub||Saliva Straw||Alcohol Wipe||Tube Bag|
Step 2 – Collect Saliva Sample
Do not spit until the morning of your test. For best results, please do not eat, drink, or brush teeth within 30 minutes of providing your sample. Do not use mouthwash two hours before collecting sample. Ideally, it is best to collect the saliva sample first thing in the morning. On the morning of your test, collect your saliva sample following these steps, or watch this video.
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4||Step 5||Step 6|
|Open saliva straw pouch and remove saliva straw||Unscrew tube cap and insert ridged end of saliva straw into tube||Pool saliva in mouth and push saliva through straw into tube until half full||Remove and discard saliva straw and securely cap tube||Wipe tube with alcohol wipe, place into tube bag and seal||Drop off the baggie at the designated location for your Division|
Step 3 – Drop Off Your Sample
Wednesday between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. for Faculty/Staff and Vendors
Wednesday between 7:45 and 9:00 a.m. for All Students
Drop off will take place during morning check-in at your typical check-in station. It must be dropped off before 9:00 a.m. on the designated collection day if you plan to be off campus. It may be dropped off by a parent. The bags must be labelled with the individual's name.
For your reference, a detailed FAQ about COVID-19 testing at GSB follows. We believe that the testing of the GSB community will help us quickly identify, isolate and/or quarantine needs to stop further community spread.
NOTE: Return only the filled collection tub.