COVID-19 Testing at STEM Prep
COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly throughout Los Angeles County and the country. STEM Prep has therefore instituted a program of COVID-19 testing for all staff and students on our campuses to help keep your child safe and healthy and keep our schools open. Students and staff will be tested weekly according to the following schedules:
Tuesday & Wednesday from 8:00am – 1:30pm
STEM Prep Elementary:
Tuesday from 7:30am – 11:30am
Math and Science College Prep:
Thursday from 7:45am – 2:45pm; Friday from 7:45am – 3:15pm
Test Registration Instructions
Please follow the instructions below to schedule a COVID test for your child:
- Click the Register button above to access STEM Prep’s test registration system.
- Enter your child’s first and last name and date of birth.
- If the information matches our records, the system will send a verification code to the parent email and/or phone number on file. If the contact information is incorrect, please contact your child’s school to update your contact information.
- Enter the verification code received.
- Share your location or enter your ZIP code.
- Select your child’s school.
- Select the test appointment date and time.
- Verify/update your contact information.
- IMPORTANT: If your child has health insurance, please enter this information where prompted. This helps reduce the cost of testing for the school. If your child does not have health insurance, please select the uninsured option. Either way, you will not receive a bill for testing.
- Complete the steps to confirm your child’s testing appointment.
- If you need any assistance setting up a testing appointment, please contact your school’s main office.
Results from tests performed at a STEM Prep campus will automatically be reported to STEM Prep.
If you would like your child to test elsewhere, you can submit results using the button below. Only PCR oral- or nasal-swab tests are accepted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tests are FREE to STEM Prep students and staff members. STEM Prep is using a combination of private insurance coverage and local, state, and federal COVID relief funds to pay for tests.
All students will be tested weekly under current guidelines, which are subject to change.
The California and Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health recommend that everyone at school campuses, regardless of vaccination status, be tested weekly in areas of medium or high COVID spread. We believe that the combination of regular weekly testing and high vaccination rates will help STEM Prep weather the storm of increased COVID cases and the delta variant in our community and provide the highest quality education to all students with the least interruption.
We have entered into a partnership with Innovative Health Diagnostics (IHD), which operates a CLIA certified lab, with the most reliable and accurate testing methodologies, to provide PCR tests in accordance with FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization requirements. More information about the test is available here.
IHD provides a certified medical technician to administer all tests. The preferred type of test is an anterior nasal swab, which means the technician will swab the front of both your child’s nostrils. The swab does not go deep into your nose and is much less painful than other nasal tests. We also have oral swabs available upon request.
All test results are confidential, will be maintained separately from the student’s cumulative file, and will be accessible only to the STEM Prep Nurse and school leadership with a need to know. We are also required to report positive test results to the LA County Department of Public Health, and you may be contacted by a contact tracer. If the person who tests positive spent time on a Los Angeles Unified School District campus, we are also required to report the test results to the District.
You can also opt in to receive the results of your child’s test via text message or email.
If your child receives a positive test result, you will be advised to help your child to self-isolate and they will not be permitted return to campus for 10 days and until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. You will be contacted by your school with independent study options for your child during their self-isolation period.
Parents should not expect to be notified of all positive test results at their child’s school to protect the privacy of each student.
However, if your child is determine to be a close contact of the person who tested positive, you will be notified within 24 hours. A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or had unprotected contact with the infected person’s body fluids and/or secretions of a person with confirmed COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without using appropriate protective equipment).
Additionally, parents can view outbreaks of 3 or more cases on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website.
STEM Prep observes all precautions prescribed by public health agencies. All staff will perform hand hygiene before testing and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Hand sanitizer and a handwashing facility with soap and water are available to everyone who participates in testing.
The COVID-19 vaccines provide very effective protection against severe COVID-19, but recent studies have shown vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus to others. Therefore, we testing all students weekly, regardless of vaccination status, and encouraging everyone to be vaccinated.