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Staff & Student-Athlete COVID-19 Testing Program Information

October 12th, 2021

Update: 1/11/22

MAKO Medical continues to provide weekly testing opportunities at each high school for the following asymptomatic groups:

Non-HCPSS individuals or anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to use these sites.

Jump to: Testing Registration | Testing Procedures | Testing Schedule | Staff / Family Testing | Change in Vaccination Status | FAQs

Register for Testing Program

Individuals participating in the weekly testing program and eligible staff who wish to get tested should use this link to register for MAKO’s testing program, and follow these instructions:

  1. Select “Self-Registration”
  2. Complete patient information fields:
    • Enter your employee ID number (capital E followed by 5 digits), which can be found when you login to Workday. Contractors should enter “Contractor” and Student Interns should enter “Intern”
    • Enter your hcpss.org email address. Contractors and student interns may enter their hcpss.org or personal email address.
  3. Complete terms of acceptance and notifications consent options
  4. Select Submit

Individuals only need to register once to use the testing sites. If needed, staff may register on-site at one of the testing locations identified below by completing the online registration form prior to being tested.

Testing Procedures

At each testing location, MAKO staff will instruct those being tested to self-swab both nostrils, and place the swab into a collection tube which should be labeled with the staff member’s name and date of birth. The entire process takes less than two minutes. MAKO staff will not be administering the nasal-pharyngeal swab test that is inserted farther up the nostril. While the saliva test is not available at MAKO sites, the Howard County Health Department offers PCR testing using the FDA-authorized Azova saliva test kit. Please note: Staff are not permitted to use take-home test kits to meet the staff testing program requirement.

Staff who receive a positive test result should refrain from entering HCPSS buildings and follow these staff reporting procedures. The Howard County Health Department has advised staff to discontinue testing for 90 days following the date of the positive test result since they may receive a false positive during that time.

Testing Schedule

Employees are expected to be tested at one of the locations below, or at any other public or private testing location and provide your results once per week. Staff do not have to be tested the same day each week as long as testing occurs once between Sunday and Saturday. As we progress through the school year, the schedule, including site locations and times, may adjust to meet changing demands.  

When selecting a testing time that occurs during student arrival and dismissal times, please factor in additional time due to potential traffic congestion in the parking lot. You will not receive coverage for your classroom or job responsibilities in order to be tested so you must do so at times that you are available.

Impact of HCPSS Status Changes on Testing Schedules

If the HCPSS operating status changes due to inclement weather or other emergency, the following should be noted for that day:

MAKO Medical Testing Schedule

Please note, schedules are subject to change due to MAKO employee availability and other factors. HCPSS staff will be notified by email of any changes and should check this web page for the most up-to-date information.

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Additional Staff & Family Member Testing

In partnership with the Howard County Government and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, HCPSS staff and their family members also may get tested at the County’s testing clinic.

Testing Registration

Please use this link to register in advance. Once you register and receive a confirmation number, you may show up any time during the days/times listed.

Testing Procedures

HCPSS staff should bring their employee ID badge, driver’s license, insurance card, and confirmation number with them to the appointment. Family members should bring their driver’s license, insurance card, and confirmation number with them to the appointment and they will be asked to provide the HCPSS staff member’s name. Family members do not need to be accompanied by the staff member.

HCPSS staff and their family members will receive rapid test results on-site at the clinic and PCR test results by email within 72 hours. Staff who have not received their PCR test results after 72 hours may text their name and test date to 800-518-2559 for assistance.

Staff and/or family members who receive a positive test result are to refrain from entering HCPSS buildings and follow these staff reporting procedures.

Testing Schedule

Testing will occur at the County testing clinic at the Roger Carter Community Center, 3000 Milltowne Dr, Ellicott City on the following:

Change in Vaccination Status

If a staff member’s vaccination status changes and they wish to upload proof of vaccination, please email communications@hcpss.org to request a unique link to complete the process. Per the CDC, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine or after a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the HCPSS staff vaccination requirements and testing information can be found on the HCPSS help site:

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