Version Date: July 28, 2021
Purpose: Each of us has a responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The majority of COVID-19 transmissions occur from people who do not know they are infected because they are asymptomatic, and Clark County School District (the “District” or “CCSD”) cares about your risk and exposure to COVID-19. The District is implementing a mitigation strategy to control the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 as Clark County School District opens the 2021-2022 school year in-person learning and the use of school buildings.
The CCSD mandatory testing and employee symptom monitoring program (the “Program” or the “CCSD Program”) is an employee mandatory testing for unvaccinated and employee symptom monitoring that will provide you with access to tools to help you and the District assess and monitor your risk and potential exposure to COVID-19.
Program Components: The Program includes supports to empower participants and school officials to make informed decisions. Key aspects of the Program are outlined below. By participating in this Program, you consent to participate in all of these Program components:
- Diagnostic Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Testing and Reporting: CCSD will provide a directive for the employee to go to a testing site for COVID testing and selected re-testing (as needed and if medically necessary) for employees to help prevent and spread of COVID-19 in our schools and CCSD buildings.
- Employee Symptoms Monitoring: Program participants/CCSD staff will have access to an easy-to-use daily employee symptom tracking and monitoring tool via the HIPAA-compliant emocha mobile application (or via the emocha web portal) at no charge for the duration of the Program, provided by emocha Mobile Health Inc. (“emocha”). Employees must complete the symptoms monitoring screening as directed by CCSD (daily at the start of each workday).
- Tracking and Responding: CCSD will partner with the Southern Nevada Health Department (SNHD), the Nevada Department of Education (NV DOE), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the District and Nevada’s public health COVID-19 resources, to monitor for potential outbreaks. Rapid response to potential outbreaks will help the District and State manage COVID-19 risk and help protect the wellbeing of all teachers, staff, administrators and students.
Testing: The test that you will receive, if you are selected from the randomized mandatory testing (to be provided by CCSD-contracted laboratories), is designed to detect if you have SARS-CoV-2, also known as the “coronavirus,” the virus that causes a disease known as COVID-19. The results of this test will not tell you if you had the virus in the past or if you have immunity to getting the virus in the future. It only tests for the presence of the virus in your specimen (biological matter collected through a process that involves swabbing your nose) at the time of administration of the test.
The results of your SARS-CoV-2 test may be shared with you through a web portal, a mobile software application (including emocha), and/or a text or phone call, and with appropriate administrators at CCSD, NV DOE, SNHD, and DHHS through a web portal or a software file. If your test results are positive, please contact a physician immediately. Only a doctor or advanced practice professional can diagnose you with COVID-19 and give you information about what you should do next. If you test positive but do not have symptoms, you may still be required to remain in isolation for a certain period of time. Please ensure that you log into emocha and answer your question asking if you are COVID-19 positive as soon as you get your results. Staff should contact Employee Health at 702-799-0298 for Health related questions and guidance.
It is possible for the test to produce an incorrect negative result (called a “false negative”) in some people who have SARS-CoV-2. If you test negative but have symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns about exposure to SARS-CoV-2, contact a physician to determine if you should be retested or take other action.
If your test result is negative, you should continue to practice physical distancing, wear a cloth or surgical mask, frequently wash your hands, and follow any applicable federal, state or local orders and guidelines related to COVID-19.
Consent to Share Testing Data. By participating in the Program and checking the box below, you consent to your results being shared with appropriate administrators at CCSD, administrators of the Program, and with emocha. The results of your test may also be shared with DHHS and appropriate administrators at NV DOE, and certain federal, state or local government agencies as permitted or required by law. If you test positive for COVID-19, a public health official and or an individual from the Employee Health Department, may conduct a contact tracing outreach and ask about your close contacts.
Daily Symptom Monitoring: Regardless of your SARS-CoV-19 testing schedule and how recently you took a COVID-19 test, Program participants will be asked to conduct a daily symptom check by answering a short set of health and wellness related questions via the emocha application. You acknowledge that this information is self-reported and will be accurate to the best of your knowledge at the time of response. The emocha application may also provide the ability to upload Vaccination Records for COVID-19 vaccinations and may also enable the viewing of Testing Data from laboratories where you are tested.
Sharing Daily Symptom Data. Some data and information from the daily symptom check, including uploaded Vaccination Records, will be shared with appropriate administrators in CCSD, Employee Health Nurses and state agencies in order to meet requirements of this program. When appropriate, for reporting purposes your data will be summarized, de-identified (this means that your name and any information that personally identifies you will not be connected to the data), and combined in aggregate with other employees to report on trends.
Communications: By enrolling in the Program, you consent to phone calls and email communications and other electronic communications, such as email and text messages, from CCSD, emocha, DHHS and its designees, and our testing administration partners regarding further health screening, information concerning or related to the daily symptom monitoring application, your lab test results, and general health information. You may also elect to participate in two-way chat or helpline communications via the emocha application.
Your Health: The Program and the emocha application do not provide, and are not a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. In emergency or urgent situations, you should not use the application, but instead should dial 911, contact your medical provider directly, or go to the nearest emergency room. NEVER USE THE APPLICATION FOR URGENT OR EMERGENCY MATTERS.