Please note, ALL students will participate in in-person learning this year regardless of their choice to participate in the SHIELD testing program. Instances of remote learning will only occur in situations where a period of quarantine or isolation is deemed necessary according to Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines and in collaboration with the Morgan County Department of Health.

More information on Shield Testing

Shield Testing Results App to check your own or child's test results.

Download the PDF instructions for the Shield Results Portal.

ONLY students and staff participating in Waverly Community Unit #6 SHIELD TESTING on OUR SCHOOL SITE are eligible for the TEST TO STAY program.


What is close contact?

The definition of close contact per the IDPH. 

"Close Contact through proximity and duration of exposure: Someone who was less than 6 feet away from infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.

  • Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting or a structured outdoor setting where mask use can be observed (i.e., holding class outdoors with educator supervision), the close contact definition excludes students who were between 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

The school does try and keep these definitions up-to-date however remember this situation is fluid and going directly to the IDPH website will give the reader the most current guidance and definitions.


IDPH Decision Tree

** please note this is the IDPH Guidance for Schools. School Guidance does differ from other public and private faciliities.


What is Shield Testing

Waverly District 6 has partnered with the University of Illinois (SHIELD) program to assist with our efforts to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. Non-invasive testing for COVID-19 will be performed on a voluntary basis at each of our buildings and is free to all students and staff at every grade level. At this time, all students are able to participate in the testing process. However, parents may decide to OPT-OUT of the testing program for each of their student(s) by completing an OPT-OUT form Student


As you make this decision for your student(s) and family, please note the following details:

  • The SHIELD test is a free, non-invasive diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus conducted by collecting a saliva (spit) deposit in under five minutes, which provides results in 24 hours.
  • SHIELD testing was developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has a sensitivity rate of 97% and an accuracy rate of 99%
  • Individuals should not eat, drink or chew gum within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample.
  • Families will be notified of any positive test results directly by the district’s third party vendor, MedCall.
  • Students’ participation in this program will limit potential quarantine situations and allow students to safely remain in an in-person learning environment.
  • Access an FAQ from the University of Illinois SHIELD program here.
  • Informational Video: SHIELD Illinois K-12 Schools Collection Examples
  • Informational Video: SHIELD Illinois: How the Saliva-Based PCR Test Works

Shield Testing Q&A

Shield Test to Stay Decision Tree


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