COVID-19 Saliva Screening Program

Saliva Screening Collection How-To

Extra Bar Code Labels and Saliva Collection Kits

Extra saliva collection tubes are available by contacting each school's front office: 

COVID-19 Saliva Screening: What You Should Know

COVID-19 Saliva Screening Program Information

The program is a screening and not an official diagnosis. Screening is used to detect possible asymptomatic carriers, allowing the District to prevent outbreaks and minimize quarantines. Students who screen positive will be required to isolate for 10 days or provide evidence of a negative PCR test from a medical provider. 

Participation in D205’s weekly, COVID-19 screening program is mandatory for all students in Grades 6-12 participating in-person instruction and/or extracurricular activities, unless they have received an exemption from the District. Information regarding D205’s Objection Process can be found at the bottom of this page.

Effective immediately, there are two changes of note to the screening requirement:

  1. Students who can verify that they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days are exempt;

  2. Students can verify that they are two weeks past a Johnson and Johnson vaccine or two weeks past their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccine are exempt.



Saliva Sample Analysis

Each week, students provide a saliva sample in a small vial with a unique barcode sticker affixed. These samples are collected at home and returned to the school each week for analysis. If a sample indicates a potential presence of COVID-19, the individual will be referred to a CLIA-certified lab for a diagnostic test. CLIA is the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments to the Public Health Services Act. Parents/guardians will not be contacted if their student receives a negative result. The table below has the most recent saliva sample analysis data. 


Total Screens

# Refer to

Refer to Diagnostic 

March 8-14, 2021


March 15-21, 2021


March 22-28, 2021



March 29 - April 2, 2021
No testing during Spring Break
April 5-11, 2021




Exclusion from On-Campus Learning

We will monitor weekly submissions. Parents will be notified via email when saliva samples are missing. Students who consistently fail to submit saliva samples will be reassigned to remote instruction.

While D205 will make every effort to ensure that all students on campus are screened within the last seven days, we cannot guarantee that all individuals on campus will have been screened or that there will be no instances of COVID-19 on campus. In addition to the screening program, D205 implements other strong mitigation measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, to the greatest distance possible, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Objection Process

Parents who want their student to participate in hybrid instruction but object to their student participating in the screening program should submit a meeting request by email to D205 Assistant Superintendent Christopher Whelton at cwhelton@elmhurst205.orgPlease include a detailed explanation of your objection when requesting a meeting.

The student will be assigned to remote learning pending the outcome of the meeting.