No-Cost COVID-19 Testing

PVSchools has partnered with a nationwide infectious disease testing firm to provide no-cost COVID-19 testing for students, their families, and district staff.

PVSchools has partnered with In Office Diagnostics (DX) to provide all students, their families, and all district staff the opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 without any out-of-pocket costs to families or the district. Testing is completely voluntary, and helps to identify and isolate infected individuals. All public health guidelines for quarantining still need to be followed.

Testing to diagnose COVID-19 is part of a comprehensive strategy and is being used in conjunction with mitigation efforts to reduce the spread (e.g., cloth face mask use, social distancing, hand hygiene); maintaining healthy environments (e.g., cleaning and disinfection, ventilation); maintaining healthy operations (e.g., scheduling, combination of online and in-person learning, cohorting); and following guidelines for quarantining and when someone shows symptoms.

Important Details to Know

  • Testing is voluntary.

  • Results are generally received within 36 hours.

  • The cost of testing is covered with a combination of individual health insurance and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for uninsured individuals.

  • Public health guidelines for quarantining still need to be followed at each school.

  • Voluntary testing helps to identify and isolate infected individuals.

  • Because appointments are not required, wait times can be considerably longer during high-traffic times.
  • The testing site may close occasionally to reduce traffic congestion on 32nd St.  The site will reopen when there is room for more vehicles.

Testing Site Location

The testing site at the District Administrative Center is located in the parking lot on the northwest corner. Enter the site from 32nd Street, by using the northernmost driveway. 

Map of District Administrative Center with yellow arrow pointing to northernmost driveway.

What Is the Process to Get Tested?

Download the COVID-19 child testing consent form.

Formulario de permiso para la prueba de COVID-19 a menores.

Testings for students would need to be requested by a parent or legal guardian, and the parent or legal guardian must sign the "Child COVID-19 Testing Consent Form" before testing can occur. 

The In Office DX K-12 Pandemic Response Program has three main ways to receive testing:

  1. In some cases where available, students and staff may be tested by school nurses at their assigned school campus during the regular school day. Please note: Family members are not able to be tested at schools.
  2. Students, staff, and families can be tested at the PVSchools District Administration Center drive-thru site. To pre-register, visit the In Office DX website and click the red “K-12 School Testing” button at the top of the page. Students, staff, and families who have not pre-registered will need to register once at the PVSchools District Administration Center testing site.
    As of Jan. 18, 2022, the testing hours are:
    • Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Lunes a viernes de 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    The PVSchools District Administration Center is located at 15002 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85032. See a map of where to enter our District campus for drive-thru testing.
  3. Students, staff, and families can be tested at In Office DX’s Mesa, AZ facility. Testing is done by appointment only. To register, visit the In Office DX website and click the red “K-12 School Testing” button at the top of the page.
    In Office DX’s Mesa, AZ facility is located at 7007 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85207. Testing hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.*

*2021 and 2022 Holiday Closures at In Office DX's Mesa Facility //
*Cierre para los próximos días festivos de la Compañía In Office DX Mesa Facility
Holiday Day(s) Closed
Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2021
Thanksgiving  Nov. 25-26, 2021
(Plus closing at 3 p.m. on Nov. 24)
Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 2021
(Plus closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23)
Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2021
New Year's Eve (Half Day)  Dec. 31, 2021
New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  Jan. 17, 2022
Presidents Day Feb. 21, 2022
Memorial Day May 30, 2022
Independence Day July 4, 2022
Labor Day Sept. 5, 2022
Columbus Day Oct. 10, 2022
Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 24-25, 2022 
Christmas Day Dec. 25, 2022
Días Festivos Días Cerrado
Día de los Veteranos 11 de nov. de 2021
Día de Acción de Gracias 25 y 26 de nov. de 2021
(Cierra a las 3:00 p.m. el 24 de nov.) 
Noche Buena 24 de dic. de 2021
(Cierra a las 3:00 p.m. el 23 de dic.)
Navidad 25 de dic. de 2021
Víspera de Año Nuevo (Medio día) 31 de dic. de 2021
Año Nuevo 1º de enero de 2022
Día de los Derechos Civiles Martin Luther King, Jr.  17 de enero de 2022
Día de los Presidentes 21 de feb. de 2022
Día de los Caídos de Guerra 30 de mayo de 2022
Día de la Independencia 4 de julio de 2022
Día del Trabajo 5 de sept. de 2022
Día de Cristóbal Colón 10 de oct. de 2022
Día de los Veteranos 11 de nov. de 2022
Acción de Gracias 24 y 25 de nov. de 2022
Navidad 25 de dic. de 2022

Who Will Perform the Tests?

When the regular school year is in session, PVSchools will have registered nurses (RNs) at every school campus who have been trained to perform COVID-19 testing. Contract nurses from In Office DX will also be brought in when a large number of tests needs to be conducted. 

Testing for students and staff will be available at every school campus during the regular spring and fall sessions, and will only be completed once a parent or legal guardian has signed the "Child COVID-19 Testing Consent Form."

Testing conducted at the PVSchools District Administration Center drive-thru site and In Office DX’s Mesa, AZ facility will be conducted by In Office DX employees.

What Type of Testing Will Be Used?

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, also called a molecular test, will be used. PCR testing is considered the “gold standard” in COVID-19 detection. This test detects genetic material that is specific to the virus and can detect the virus within days of infection, even those who have no symptoms. PCR testing is also able to quantify the viral load (i.e. how much of the virus is in an individual’s body), which helps healthcare professionals determine where an individual is at in the infection process. 

How Is the Test Performed?

A fluid sample is collected by shallowly inserting a nasal swab (similar to a Q-tip) into each nostril. The soft tip of the swab is rubbed in a circle around one nostril approximately 3 to 4 times. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this shallow nasal swab technique for effective patient sample collection. This low invasive approach is fast and comfortable for children.

If you would like to watch this video in Spanish, please click on: La Prueba de COVID-19 con Hisopo Nasal en PVSchools.

Once the Test Is Performed, What Happens to the Specimen?

After a swab test is conducted, the sample will be taken to In Office DX’s laboratory for analysis. 

How Will I Receive the Test Results?

Test results are available the following day after the sample was taken, and results are sent directly to the individual’s online portal. Online portal access is secured by a two-part verification text message. The individual or parent/guardian will receive a secure text message with an access code that will be used to open the lab results.

How Will Results Be Kept and My Child's HIPAA Info Be Protected?

PVSchools adheres to all privacy laws, as it does with all other matters involving our students and staff. Test results will be shared with the student’s school for the sole purposes of identifying others who may have been exposed. Test results will be sent to the Maricopa County Public Health Department or to any other governmental entity the law requires.

The release of any legally privileged and confidential records (e.g. educational and/or medical records) will be in accordance with applicable privacy protection laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

In Office DX adheres to all privacy laws and uses software that is Service Organization Control 2 (SOC) compliant with Department of Defense (DOD) encryption. In Office DX’s policy is to only release protected healthcare information to designated personnel that corresponds with signed patient consent forms.

What Is the Cost to Be Tested?

The testing for COVID-19 will be performed without any out-of-pocket costs to families or the district. The cost of testing is covered with a combination of individual health insurance and CARES Act funding for uninsured individuals.

Whom Do I Contact If I Have Questions?

In Office DX has dedicated client coordinators on staff at their corporate offices that are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any questions related to K-12 testing. They can be reached at 1-877-585-2533 and by email at K-12testing@inofficedx.com.

Please do not contact the school or school nurse for testing results.

See all of this COVID-19 testing information in a 2-page flyer.

Información acerca de las Pruebas de COVID-19 en PVSchools.

About In Office Diagnostics (DX):

In Office Diagnostics DX Logo

In Office DX is a nationwide infectious disease testing firm. Its core mission has been to improve patient care and reduce aggregated healthcare costs. Its corporation places high complexity laboratories and staff directly in healthcare facilities across the country.