Testing Information

ISF’s first priority continues to be the long term health and wellbeing of our community. The school made an agreement with a local medical testing lab in order to facilitate testing procedures for our community upon return to school after each break. Below are the dates and types of testing that we are performing. 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VARIOUS TESTS FOR COVID-19

    • RT-PCR test: detects the presence of viral RNA. It is very accurate and efficient. This test is able to detect a COVID-19 infection even before the person becomes infectious and will allow early isolation. Thus, this method is able to prevent the transmission of the virus to other hosts. The disadvantages are the financial cost compared to the antigen tests, the longer evaluation time, and the need for highly professional staff for sample handling. 
    • Rapid Antigen test: detects viral proteins. The rapid antigen test reveals patients at the peak of the infection when the body has the highest concentration of these proteins. The disadvantage is that they are not as sensitive (accurate) as the standard RT-PCR tests used to accurately identify those infected.
    • Antibody test: this test measures antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the bodies of people who have already had COVID-19 or are successfully recovering from the disease. Antibodies are not present at the onset of the disease.

THE 2 TYPES OF COVID-19 TESTS USED BY ISF  

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST USED FOR SCHOOL SCREENING AFTER THE HOLIDAYS USES A MACHINE TO PROCESS THE SWAB. THE MACHINE CAN PROCESS UP TO 90 TESTS IN 1 HOUR.

RAPID COVID TEST THAT IS AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL USES AN IMMUNOCHROMATOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUE. RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE AFTER 2-3 MINUTES

LOGISTICS OF THE RAPID IMMUNOCHROMATOGRAPHIC TEST IN SCHOOL
To be able to monitor during a longer period of time we should divide each group/class in two undergroups and test during the first week the first half of the group and during the second week the remaining half of the group.
If we individualize during the first or second week of testing a positive case, this person would immediately have to get confirmation with a PCR test. We would also suggest that students in the same class get a confirmation test done.
The best thing is to continue having a testing rotation, so that each student can get tested every 2 weeks (we could also test half class every once every 10 days so that each student would have a swab every 20 days and not sooner than that in order to avoid the stress as much as possible).

Testing dates

New testing dates to be posted shortly.

CONTACTS

Ylenia De Rossi – COVID-19 Coordinator facilities@isfitaly.org
Sofia Gori – School Nurse nurse@isfitaly.org