SHIELD Illinois Testing

  • District 28 Voluntary Testing

    COVID-19 testing with SHIELD Illinois will begin Monday, Sept. 13, 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. At this time, vaccinated individuals are not eligible. 

    We encourage all of our unvaccinated students to participate in SHIELD Illinois testing. Parents who wish to opt-out may complete the form, linked below, at any time.

    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. (for 300 +/- students)
    • Wednesday: AM Young Explorers 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; Westmoor 8:45 a.m. to noon; PM Young Explorers 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; 6th grade at NBJH 1:30 p.m. to the end of the day.
    • Thursday: NBJH 7th- & 8th-grade unvaccinated students 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meadowbrook 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for approx. 60 students

    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. 

    We will share information on how to access the parent portal as soon as it becomes available. District 28 will get the results 12-24 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. 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 will take effect the following week.

    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.