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What Does it Take to confidently Return to the Classroom?

Just Like in School, How You Test Makes a Big Difference.

It’s not a stretch to say the impact of this COVID-19 pandemic has left a lasting effect on us all. The challenge to adjust to new modes of learning and business has not only bore innovative solutions and industry-wide cooperation but a flood of ever-changing COVID-19 information. When faced with the complex decision about how to safely transition back to in-person learning understanding the facts delivers the best, informed solutions.

While vaccination of teachers and staff marks an important step in enabling safe in-person education, the role of testing remains critical, especially given that most K–12 students continue to be ineligible for vaccination. In addition, for those vaccinated, repeat viral exposure has been shown to reduce antibody protection.

Introducing systematic, noninvasive, pain-free, and accurate testing can enable schools to identify positive cases protecting students, teachers, and staff against additional viral complications we know of as well as the ones we don’t yet.

A testing program with the right partner is easy to implement, scalable, and cost-efficient. Schools can increase confidence in returning to safe in-person learning opportunities with well-established and supported testing protocols.

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The Best Decisions, Start With Accurate Information.

Best practices highlight the use of PCR testing, using the non-invasive self-collection of saliva. To date, PCR testing is still considered the “gold standard” being a more sensitive, accurate, and reliable diagnostic test compared to the rapid antigen lateral flow tests (LFT) that may take only minutes for results but continue to deliver unexpectedly high rates of both false-negative and false-positives.

Early detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection is critical to reducing the asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread of COVID-19. Saliva-based PCR testing is able to accurately detect the presence of COVID-19 days before symptoms appear due to the extraction and amplification process with results in under 24 hours. Spectrum’s highly sensitive formulation is able to detect infections from saliva samples measuring as low as 200 copies/ml compared to rapid antigen LFT requiring a minimum of 10,000-20,000 copies/ml. In addition, when compared to traditional swab PCR tests SARS-CoV-2 RNA first appears in saliva and then later in nasal-swab samples. A high-sensitivity (limit of detection of ∼10 3 copies/mL) RNA test detected SARS-CoV-2 virus in saliva 1.5 to 4.5 days before the viral load in the paired nasal-swab samples.(1)

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There is an easy and proven solution for confidently returning to the classroom.

With school districts just beginning to re-open, another surge in positive COVID cases is yet again threatening the benefits of traditional in-person learning with a shutdown. As parents ourselves we all understand the challenges and risks. Nothing replaces a quality, hands-on, and in-person learning experience. We shouldn’t be faced with the tradeoff of providing quality education to our children or keeping them, teachers, staff, and all our families safe and healthy. Luckily, based on our own testing experience we know you don’t have to.

Join the millions of others across our nation and worldwide in support of virtually 100% accurate early detection and safely welcome back students, athletes, employees, and support personnel using this proven and FDA validated saliva PCR testing program.

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Don’t miss the great testimonial success stories below as well as the valuable testing information included in our toolkit and start the conversation on integrating pain-free and noninvasive COVID-19 testing using saliva. Let us know if or how we can help.

Please submit the following form for access to the following COVID-19 Program Toolkit items for K12 Administrators. Additionally, a member our team will reach out to help identify, navigate, and support you anyway we can.

Spectrum COVID-19 Program Toolkit includes:

  1. Spectrum National K–12 Validated Testing Program Summary
  2. Understanding the COVID-19 testing facts: How you test makes a big diagnostic difference PCR vs. Antigen Testing Data Fact Sheet
  3. Learn more about the FREE federal funding for establishing or expanding K12 testing programs that support and maintain in-person learning (Funding Strategy and Support to Schools through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021)

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