April 8, 2021

Antigen testing for spring athletes

Hamilton Parents of Spring Athletes,

This is a follow-up email to the March 25 email alerting you to the Antigen Testing we are required to do on spring athletes. In the time since that first email we have obtained more information and put together a plan to test our 400+ high and middle school spring athletes. Below is important information regarding Covid testing for spring athletes:

Details

All spring athletes, including recreational athletes, are required to test unless they meet one of the following two exceptions:

  • They have not yet turned 13-years-old. If an athlete turns 13 years old during the spring season, they will begin testing the following week.
  • They have been Covid positive in the previous 90 days. If you have not yet alerted school to a positive Covid test, please email your positive test results to our athletic trainer, Van Miller (vmiller@hamiltonschools.us). 

As a reminder, for a student to be tested, two forms need to be signed on Final Forms. The first form is the MI Safer Sports Participant Code of Conduct and the second is a Consent Form for testing. These need to be complete before the first test dates. 

We understand that some families may choose to not have their students participate due to testing requirements. If that is the case, please remove them from their sport on Final Forms. 

Testing

To avoid the need to contact trace back to classrooms, we are offering testing at two different times both at the beginning of the week:

  • Sunday - Starting April 11, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the High School Gym. This is open to all spring athletes 6th-12th.
  • Monday - Starting April 12, 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. in the High School Gym OR Middle School Pool Lobby. High school students will test at the High School and Middle School students will test at the Middle School Pool Lobby. 

We encourage you to use the time and location that works best for your athlete and family. In addition to working to limit contact tracing, the available times reflect our desire to limit the disruption to the school day. 

Students will check in and be given a test, nasal swab and sticker with their identifying number. They will proceed to the testing space and follow the directions of the tester. The test only requires a shallow swab in the lower cavity of each nostril. 

On Sunday following the test, students will leave the High School and will only be notified in the event of a positive test. On Mondays, students will be directed to a socially distant holding area for the 15 minute duration of the test. 

Athletes who do not attend Sunday or Monday morning testing will not be allowed to participate in their sport until testing on the following Sunday or Monday. Please contact me if you have a reason to believe you should be an exception to this rule.    

Additional Resources

MI Safer Sports FAQs

Binax NOW Covid-19 Antigen Test

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate testing in order to give our students the opportunity to play.

Jordan Bandstra, Athletic Director of Hamilton Community Schools