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RCPS is offering free, district-wide COVID-19 testing for employees and students – the first district in the state to do so – as part of its acquisition of comprehensive telehealth services secured November 2020 in partnership with the nonprofit Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels, Inc. (KDOW). Free COVID-19 testing is just one step in the comprehensive COVID-19 risk mitigation measures RCPS is taking to keep staff and students safe. RCPS is on a fully virtual class schedule until February 22, 2021, when in-person classes on a hybrid schedule will begin for families who choose the hybrid option and virtual classes will continue for families who choose the virtual option. For more details on Hybrid and Virtual learner options and COVID-19 precautions and safety protocols, visit www.rockdaleschools.org/reopening For the full article, CLICK HERE.

*Please note there are many other testing sites open to the public. Those provided by public health are also free of charge. For more information about our local public health testing and vaccinations, please visit www.gnrhealth.com


COVID-19 Testing Schedule for Students, Employees, and Families

Testing for 2021 is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Open to all RCPS students age 5 and older and their parents and all RCPS employees and their household members. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Please visit freecovidtesting.us and click  "Registration" and then "Covid Testing" and then "Rockdale County Schools" and select a date.  Please note: APPOINTMENT TIMES ON THE PRE-REGISTRATION SITE ARE NOT REAL APPOINTMENTS. Testing is first-come, first-served during the scheduled testing window. Please read the FAQs below for Employees or for Students.

February 8 – 9      Salem High School.
February 10 – 11    Heritage High School.
February 17       Rockdale County High School.
February 18 – 9    Salem High School.
February 20       Salem High School (Saturday, noon - 4 p.m.)
February 22       Salem High School.
February 24       Heritage High School.
March 1           Rockdale County High School.
March 3           Salem High School.
March 8           Heritage High School.
March 10          Rockdale County High School.
March 15          Salem High School.
March 17          Heritage High School.
March 22          Rockdale County High School.
March 24          Salem High School.
March 29          Heritage High School.
March 31          Rockdale County High School.
April 12          Heritage High School.
April 14          Salem High School.
April 16          Rockdale County High School.
April 19          Rockdale County High School.
April 21          Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
April 26          Heritage High School.
April 28          Heritage High School.
May 3          Salem High School. 
May 5          Rockdale County High School.
May 10        Heritage High School.
May 12        Salem High School.
May 15        Rockdale Career Academy (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
June 28       C.J. Hicks Elementary School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 19        Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 21        Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 26        Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 28        Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 31        Rockdale Career Academy (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
August 2     Rockdale County High School (2 p.m - 5 p.m.).
August 3     Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 9     Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 11   Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 16   Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 23   Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 30   Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
September 8   Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).



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Student COVID-19 Testing FAQs


(CLICK HERE for COVID-19 Vaccinations.)


Through its partnership with Kids’-Doc-on-Wheels (KDOW), RCPS will be providing free COVID-19 testing to all students and their parents. Although not required, all students who are returning to campus on a hybrid schedule and student athletes are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity as an additional means of reducing the spread of the virus. Please review the FAQs below for more details. 


What are the dates, times, and locations of the free testing for RCPS Students?
Testing for 2021 is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Open to all RCPS students age 5 and older and their parents across the district.

February 8 – 9      Salem High School.
February 10 – 11    Heritage High School.
February 17       Rockdale County High School.
February 18 – 19    Salem High School.
February 20       Salem High School (Saturday, noon - 4 p.m.)
February 22       Salem High School.
February 24       Heritage High School.
March 1           Rockdale County High School.
March 3           Salem High School.
March 8           Heritage High School.
March 10          Rockdale County High School.
March 15          Salem High School.
March 17          Heritage High School.
March 22          Rockdale County High School.
March 24          Salem High School
March 29          Heritage High School.
March 31          Rockdale County High School.
April 12          Heritage High School.
April 14          Salem High School.
April 16          Rockdale County High School.
April 19          Rockdale County High School.
April 21          Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
April 26          Heritage High School.
April 28          Heritage High School.
May 3          Salem High School. 
May 5          Rockdale County High School.
May 10        Heritage High School.
May 12        Salem High School.
May 15        Rockdale Career Academy (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
June 28       C.J. Hicks Elementary School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 19        Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 21        Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 26        Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 28        Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 31        Rockdale Career Academy (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).
August 2     Rockdale County High School (2 p.m - 5 p.m.).
August 3     Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 9     Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 11   Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 16   Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
August 23   Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
August 30   Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
September 8   Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)




Does a parent need to be present?
*A parent or legal guardian needs to attend to consent to the COVID testing for students younger than age 18. If a non-custodial adult brings the student for COVID testing, that student should bring a copy of the parent’s/guardian’s driver’s license and a letter granting permission for the student to have COVID testing. This method will also be allowed for student-athletes that come in testing.


What do I need to bring with me?  
There are TWO separate items you must bring. You must bring a Parent/Guardian* and:
1.    Either your health insurance card or driver’s license or social security number (or that of a Parent/Guardian)
AND
2.    You must bring your Student ID number.  


Do I need an appointment to be tested during these times?
No, testing will be on a first-come, first-served basis in the drive-through format.  Pre-registering will save time on-site, but appointments will not be followed.    


Do I need to pre-register for testing? 
Pre-registering a day in advance is recommended but not required.  Walk-ups/drive-ups are welcome.  Go to http://www.freecovidtesting.us and click on "Registration" and then "COVID Testing" and then "Rockdale County Schools" and then select a date.  The website will also ask you to choose an appointment time; THESE ARE NOT REAL APPOINTMENT TIMES.  Please be aware that we are serving first-come, first-served in the drive-through line during the scheduled times, not by appointment times selected on this site.  


If I have more than one student, will I have to complete multiple registrations?
Yes, each individual will need to complete the quick registration, either in advance or on-site.  


When will I get my results?   
Polymerase Chair Reaction (PCR) results should be received within 24 hours of being tested. Further details will be given at the time of testing. Results may take longer to reach the lab if pre-registration was not completed.


What is the format of testing; do I go in the school?  
No, these testing opportunities will be drive-through or walk-up. It is preferred that students and parents remain in their vehicle to be tested.


Can I bring family members to be tested with me?  
RCPS students, age 5 and above, and their parents/guardians may be tested.


What if my results are positive?  
Please plan for virtual instruction and avoid team athletics until cleared by a physician or at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and symptoms have resolved.  Please contact your school or coach and notify them of your positive results.


What if I have symptoms and I am waiting on my results?  
If you are unwell, you should not enter any RCPS campus until those symptoms have been resolved. If you receive a positive test result plan for virtual instruction and avoid team athletics until cleared by a physician or at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and symptoms have resolved. Please contact your school or coach and notify them of your positive results.




Employee COVID-19 Testing FAQs

*For information on COVID-19 vaccination scheduling CLICK HERE.


What are the dates, times, and locations of the free COVID-19 testing for RCPS Employees?


Testing for 2021 is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

January 25 – 29     C.J. Hicks Elementary School.
February 1 – 5     C.J. Hicks Elementary School.
February 8 – 9     Salem High School.
February 10 – 11    Heritage High School.
February 17     Rockdale County High School.
February 18 – 19     Salem High School.
February 20     Salem High School (Saturday, noon - 4 p.m.)
February 22     Salem High School.
February 24       Heritage High School.
March 1           Rockdale County High School.
March 3           Salem High School.
March 8           Heritage High School.
March 10          Rockdale County High School.
March 15          Salem High School.
March 17          Heritage High School.
March 22          Rockdale County High School.
March 24          Salem High School.
March 29          Heritage High School.
March 31          Rockdale County High School.
April 12          Heritage High School.
April 14          Salem High School.
April 16          Rockdale County High School.
April 19          Rockdale County High School.
April 21          Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
April 26          Heritage High School.
April 28          Heritage High School.
May 3          Salem High School. 
May 5          Rockdale County High School.
May 10        Heritage High School.
May 12        Salem High School.
May 15        Rockdale Career Academy (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
June 28       C.J. Hicks Elementary School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 19        Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 21        Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 26        Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July 28        Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
July  31       Rockdale Career Academy (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).
August 2     Rockdale County High School (2 p.m - 5 p.m.).
August 3     Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 9     Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 11   Salem High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.).
August 16   Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
August 23   Rockdale County High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
August 30   Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
September 8   Heritage High School (2 p.m. - 5 p.m.)




What do I need to bring with me? 
There are TWO separate items to bring:

 •   Please bring either your health insurance card, driver’s license or social security number
AND

 •   Please bring an employee ID, name badge, or employee parking tag to be identified as an employee.  


Do I need an appointment to be tested during these times?
No, testing will be on a first-come, first-served basis in the drive-through format. Pre-registering will save time on-site, but appointments will not be followed.


Do I need to pre-register for testing?  
Pre-registering is recommended but not required.  Go to https://www.freecovidtesting.us and click on "Registration" and then "Covid Testing" and then "Rockdale County Schools" and then select a date.  The pre-registration website will ask you to choose an appointment time. Please note THESE ARE NOT REAL APPOINTMENT TIMES.  Please be aware that we are serving first-come, first-served in the drive-through line during the scheduled testing window, not by appointment times selected on this site.


When will I get my results? 
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results should be received within 24 hours of being tested. The medical provider will call with results and results will be available on the platform. Date of birth will need to be confirmed for results delivered by phone. Further details will be given at the time of testing. Results may take longer to reach the lab if pre-registration was not completed.
 

What is the format of testing; do I go in the school?  
No, these testing opportunities will be drive-through only. Employees must remain in their vehicle to be tested.
 

Can I bring family members to be tested with me?  

Persons in the household of a RCPS employee can be tested at no cost.

 
What if my results are positive?  
Contact Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr. Kim McDermon, kmcdermon@rockdale.k12.ga.us . Follow up with your healthcare provider.

 
What if I have symptoms and I am waiting on my results?  
If you are experiencing symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, you should not enter any RCPS campus until those symptoms have been resolved. Please contact your supervisor and Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr. Kim McDermon, kmcdermon@rockdale.k12.ga.us .



For more information, please email Michele Stephens, Director of Human Resources, at mstephens@rockdale.k12.ga.us