SHIELD Illinois Testing

  • District 28 Voluntary Testing

    COVID-19 testing with SHIELD Illinois will continue Monday, Jan. 3, with students being tested on various days of the week, depending on school and grade level.  A third-party organization, HR Support, will administer the tests.

    The SHIELD Testing program is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health for all state school districts. 

    We encourage all of our students to participate in SHIELD Illinois testing. Testing will be conducted once a week at schools as follows:

    • Monday: Greenbriar 8:45 a.m. to noon
    • Tuesday: Meadowbrook 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 
    • Wednesday: Westmoor 8:45 a.m. to noon; NBJH 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: NBJH 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    If school is out for a holiday or if your student is absent on the day of testing, there is no makeup day. They will be tested the next week.

    Since students cannot eat or drink for one hour before the tests, the schedule has been coordinated to not interfere with breakfast or lunch. If your child is scheduled for morning testing, please make sure they finish breakfast by 7:45 a.m. 

    District 28 will get the results 24-48 hours after the tests have been administered. If your child tests positive, District 28 will call you. If you do not hear from us, assume that no news is good news!

    The Shield Illinois test is a saliva test where students drool into a small vial with a funnel on top or a straw. Here is a brief video that demonstrates the sample collection process. 

    Opt-in or Opt-Out 

    If you wish to CHANGE your child’s status, please complete this form. Status updates must be submitted by noon Friday to take effect the following week.

    If your child tested positive for COVID, they are automatically opted out of testing. Parents who wish to reinstate SHIELD testing after 90 days need to complete the change-in-status form linked above.

    We appreciate your partnership as we work to keep all students and staff safe and schools open during this time.

    Additional links

    SHIELD Results are reported on the

    District 28 COVID Dashboard  

    SHIELD Testing Parent FAQ

    Learn more about SHIELD Illinois

    SHIELD Illinois also provided a Parent FAQ with additional details about the program.