COVID-19 Testing Program
Testing for students and staff will continue to be offered at the following five mobile locations across the city that have been open all school year:
Mobile units are set up in the parking lot at each of the following locations and are open Monday- Friday 9 AM to 6PM:
- Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19138
- South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (in the parking lot at the corner of Jackson and S Broad)
- Samuel Fels High School, 5500 Langdon Street, Philadelphia PA 19124
- Overbrook High School, 5898 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19130
- Thomas Edison High School, 151 West Luzerne Street, Philadelphia PA 19140
- Students and staff can register for testing at these locations in two different ways:
Text “TESTPHL” to 72345 to get a link to register
Visit https://secure.dentrustocs.com/sdp/testing to register.
In the registration process you will be able to select the time and date for testing. If someone is unable to sign up for an appointment, these sites do accept walk-ins, though priority is given to those who have pre-registered. This service is provided for convenience but is solely optional. All District staff and students, including those who are participating in 100% virtual learning, can be tested here at no cost.
About the Test
Both students and staff will receive the same time tests. Everyone will receive Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test, which is a quick and painless nasal swab of both nostrils. It is NOT the deep-sinus swabs that some individuals have found uncomfortable. The test involves inserting a small swab, like a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose in both nostrils. Results are available in 15 minutes. If the first test yields an unexpected result (for example, you have no symptoms but you test positive), an additional confirmatory test will be conducted. Either the Rapid Molecular (i.e. Cue COVID-19 Test) or a saliva-based PCR Test (i.e. SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Device), will be administered. Again, this confirmatory test is also not the deep-sinus swab.
The cost of tests will be covered by the school district and the tests will be administered during normal working hours. Employees will not be required to present an insurance card. Employees may be asked to provide an ID at the time of testing, which can be a driver’s license or school ID.
The district has contracted a trusted healthcare provider: Docs Health, who will be administering the COVID-19 tests. Below you will find a link to a copy of their consent form and privacy agreement, which is in place for employees security.