A COVID quick-test device. (Shutterstock)

In an effort to stay on top of potential COVID-19 outbreaks, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 will make free COVID-19 tests available at the end of spring break later this week.

The SHIELD tests will be offered at the Joseph E. Hill Educational Center, 1500 McDaniel Avenue, on Friday, March 25, from 9am-noon and from 1-4pm.

No appointment is necessary.

In a message to the community, Superintendent Devon Horton says “If you believe you came into contact with someone who has COVID-19 or may have been exposed, you are encouraged to participate.”

Both students and staff are eligible for the tests, which are optional and not required for returning to school.

Test results will be available to the district within 24-48 hours, but parents, caregivers, and school employees will only be notified in case of a positive result.

COVID cases in District 65 have been decreasing along with those in the area and around the nation.

Last week, the district reported 16 positive cases among students. By comparison, in the week of Jan. 17-21, there were 127 positives.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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