Dear Golda Och Academy Community,
We are pleased to inform you that as of today we have entered into a strategic partnership with the medical professionals at PM Pediatrics on behalf of our school and community.
What does this mean for our GOA students, faculty and staff?
First and foremost, PM Pediatrics will be assisting us with COVID-19 testing for any student, faculty or staff member who wishes to visit either their Livingston or Springfield locations. The testing process at PM Pediatrics is covered by insurance and consists of a virtual telehealth visit followed by the scheduling of an appointment at one of their locations. Based on interest following signups through their web portal (all instructions regarding scheduling and testing can be found below), they will be opening their locations at specifically designated hours just for our GOA community in order to fully expedite this process in advance of the school year. This rapid antigen testing will enable those being tested to receive results on the same day that the test is taken. For students who are tested at PM Pediatrics, a special form can be completed during the visit which will allow their team to send results directly to our school nurses.
Additionally, this strategic partnership will provide us with access to the PM Pediatrics medical team throughout the school year both for consultation and for rapid COVID-19 testing should we require it. Simply put, if someone is showing signs of illness during the school year they can be immediately referred to PM Pediatrics by either Nurse Roberta or Nurse Ilena. Our community will receive timely service and we will be able to address any and all potential health issues immediately. While there is a tremendous amount that’s still unknown about COVID-19, we do understand that the sooner we receive information that we can act on, the safer that we can keep our entire GOA community.
For those students, faculty or staff who have already scheduled COVID-19 testing elsewhere, there is no need to change those arrangements. The opportunity to be tested at PM Pediatrics is still very much your choice and so long as you are doing PCR or antigen testing, you can do it anywhere that testing is administered.
Please note that testing is only valid if done within 14 days of your first day back on campus (for students that is September 8 when we will be holding lice checks; and for faculty that date coincides with the first professional development day on September 2).
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nurse Roberta (Lower School) or Nurse Ilena (Upper School) should you have any additional questions.
Head of School
PM Pediatrics COVID-19 Testing for Golda Och Academy
Faculty/Staff Virtual Telehealth Visits
Faculty/Staff Covid-19 Testing
August 25 • 9 am - 12 pm (Livingston)
August 26 • 9 am - 12 pm (Springfield)
August 27 • 9 am - 12 pm (Livingston)
Student Virtual Telehealth Visits
Student Covid-19 Testing
September 2 • 9 am - 12 pm (Livingston)
September 3 • 9 am - 12 pm (Springfield)
September 4 • 9 am - 12 pm (Livingston)
Please note: PM Pediatrics will also be able to accommodate patients during their normal operating hours, (12p-10p in Livingston or 12p-12a in Springfield or any of their other NJ locations). Please understand that this is within their regular operating hours and there may be unforeseen clinical delays that may create a wait.
PM Pediatrics of Livingston
571 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue (Rt. 10)
Livingston, NJ 07039
PM Pediatrics of Springfield
355 Route 22 East
Springfield, NJ 07081
Virtual Telehealth Screening
Through their telehealth platform, PM Pediatrics Anywhere, faculty, staff and students (or parents for children under 18) will sign up for a virtual evaluation with a PM Pediatrics telehealth provider. The visit usually takes about 5-10 minutes per individual and includes a virtual examination and assessment. The virtual visit is requested via their website,https://pmpediatrics.com/pmpanywhere. Detailed instructions for account registration are included on the website for both laptop/desktop and phone (via downloadable app).
Once in the portal the individual will be asked to create an account. Account holders must be 18 years or older. For children under 18, a parent must sign up and create an account for themselves and then request a visit for their child. Alternatively, a parent may sign up for the entire family, request a visit for a family member older than 18 and send a link for that family member to complete the actual visit.
Once account registration is completed, the account holder will “request a visit” for the individual being seen. The individual should be prepared to enter all key medical information and data, health insurance, and a credit card information for billing purposes.
Please note: a claim will be submitted to the patient’s primary insurance and any patient responsibility determined by the insurance company will be billed to the credit card entered after the claim is processed. Patients who are uninsured will be billed a flat fee of $65 for the virtual visit and $35 for the Rapid Antigen test. As the patient responsibility is determined by the individual insurance plan, we advise reaching out to your plan’s customer service department to learn more about specific coverage.
Once the account is set up and a visit requested, the patient will be evaluated by a PM Pediatrics telehealth provider. The virtual visit will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. The patient must be physically present at the time of the visit request to ensure proper virtual exam and assessment by the provider.
Once the virtual visit is complete, a scheduling assistant will call the family within 24 hours to select a location and time slot for onsite testing. When they call, please be sure to remind them that you are part of the Golda Och Academy community.
Testing at PM Pediatrics
Upon arrival to location and the parking lot:
- The patient will call the facility and notify the staff they are waiting in the car.
- The PM Pediatrics team will then pull all necessary paperwork for the testing and provide the family with guidance on their testing/collection procedures and distancing protocols.
- The total time in-office should be less than 10-15 minutes. Once testing is completed, the family will leave, and results will be emailed to them by the end of the business day. Anticipatory guidance will be provided on interpretation of results and anyone who has a positive result will be notified by phone for further discussion and guidance in accordance with CDC guidelines.
All results will be sent to the school nurses at Golda Och Academy at the end of each day. Please also note that as per state reporting guidelines, all results will also be provided to the NJ Department of Health.