THORNDIKE — Mount View High School will begin a weekly pooled testing program starting Tuesday, Nov. 30, in an effort to detect the COVID-19 virus early.

All of the testing is free and voluntary, but parents must sign a consent form for their child to participate. To sign the online consent form, visit https://tinyurl.com/554v6hju and use the access code: MVHS04986. Parents choosing to use a paper consent form can print out the document at https://tinyurl.com/2w4faxjc.

According to information provided by the school, students will perform the test themselves, which involves a nasal swab, and results will be returned within 48 hours showing if anyone in a pool, or batch, is sick.

If someone in the pool tests positive, the entire group will be tested individually with the BinaxNOW Rapid antigen test.

The positive individual will be sent home to begin a quarantine period and the remaining negative pool members and close contacts in the testing program will resume in-person learning and school activities as long as they do not have symptoms. If exposed to a positive case outside of school, students will still need to quarantine.

Students not participating in the pooled testing program who are deemed a close contact to a positive school case will be required to quarantine at home for 10 days unless they are vaccinated. Students may participate in the pooled testing program regardless of their vaccination status.

Mount View Middle School will roll out its pooled testing program beginning Dec. 13, while district elementary schools have not yet set a start date for the program.

Parents can also go to the RSU 3 website, click “Menu,” “COVID-19 Information,” then click the link to “Pooled Testing Information” for the link and access code to sign up.