The Superintendent of Ninety Six School District Mark Petersen announced today that the district will cover the testing cost of any student and staff member who wishes to be tested for TB.
“It has come to my attention that some students and staff members who believe that they could have been exposed to tuberculosis at Ninety Six Primary School have not been able to be tested by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. In an effort to ensure that all of our students and staff members who wish to be tested are able to access the proper testing, the District has contracted with Accurate Diagnostics to provide TB skin tests, free of charge. While the District is unable to facilitate and/or pay for any recommended follow-up testing and treatment, I believe that this initial testing will help alleviate some of our community’s concerns”.
District students and staff members who wish to be tested by Accurate Diagnostics should go to the District Office, located at 605 Johnston Road, Ninety Six, SC 29666 and pick up a form that will authorize them to receive testing from Accurate Diagnostics. After receiving a signed form, those individuals must take the form along with a picture ID to Accurate Diagnostics, located at 125 Capital Street in Greenwood to receive the TB skin testing. Accurate Diagnostics will be responsible for administering and reading the tests and for advising individuals of the results of those tests.
The District has also contracted with Ecolabs to sanitize all of the schools in the District and the District Office. “While we have not been instructed by DHEC that our facilities need to be disinfected, I believe that decontaminating the buildings is another important step our District should take to ensure that our students and staff return in the fall to a clean and healthy environment” adds Petersen.
“It is my hope that providing TB testing to all interested students and staff members and sanitizing our buildings will bring a much-needed peace of mind to our community and assure everyone that we are taking every reasonable step to protect our District family”.