• SHIELD Testing

    SHIELD testing is optional for all students regardless of vaccination status. Testing is again available on Mondays and Thursdays at both schools. Testing for the 2021-22 school year ends May 26.

    Instructions to complete the form are on the Parent/Guardian Consent Form Instructions tab on the left. 

    Only one parent/guardian needs to submit a consent form. Once submitted, the screen will say "Pending" until the form is processed. 

    SHIELD Testing Days, Times and Locations

    Students participating in the SHIELD testing program do not need to schedule an appointment. All tests will be administered on a walk-in basis and take approximately 5-10 minutes. Students can be tested based on the schedules below.

    If you have tested positive within the past 90 days, please do not test. 


    Deerfield High School

    Highland Park High School

    A-Deck Hallway
    Testing Day: Mondays and Thursdays 
    Times: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Testing Day: Mondays and Thursdays
    Times: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


    Voluntary SHIELD Testing for Students

    SHIELD testing is available to all students on a voluntary basis. In order to participate in the voluntary testing program, students will need to have a consent form on file for the 2021-22 school year.

    Testing for students who had lab-confirmed COVID-19 in the past 90 days is not recommended. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not test for 90 days from symptom onset or the date of the positive test. Testing can resume once the 90-day testing exemption has expired.

    SHIELD Illinois

    SHIELD Illinois is a COVID-19 testing program that deploys the University of Illinois’ saliva test. Unlike other saliva-based COVID-19 tests, the SHIELD test follows the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) process as governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning they meet federal standards for accuracy and reliability. Below is additional information about SHIELD Illinois’ COVID-19 test.

    • The SHIELD test is able to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, as well as new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • The SHIELD test has a high degree of accuracy and sensitivity, which allows for earlier virus detection.
    • The SHIELD test is a PCR-based screening test, meaning individuals who test positive do not need to seek out a second test to confirm the result.
    • The SHIELD test is self-administered and non-invasive.
    • SHIELD tests are free and will be administered at no cost to students.