The West Linn-Wilsonville school district will now offer optional, free weekly COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status.

In partnership with the Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority, the school district was approved for Oregon's COVID-19 Screening Testing Program. 

The official start date from OHSU is still pending. But once the timeline has been confirmed, consent and sign-up forms — in English and Spanish — will be supplied to interested families. 

The district provides families with advance notice so they can decide if the program is the right choice for their students. 

How the program works

1. To participate, a parent and guardian must fill out an OHA consent form and OHSU authorization form. Children who are 15 years and older can sign themselves up through their school nurse. 

2. Those who opt in for the program will receive a testing kit from the school each week. Testing kits will be sent home with students for a parent or guardian to administer the COVID-19 Spit (Saliva) Test. The kit also includes instructions for sample collection.

3. Completed test samples will be brought to school by students. The school will store the kit in a secure, temperature-controlled area before pick-up and delivery by the OHSU testing lab. OHSU coordinates all deliveries through their system.

4. Parents and guardians will receive results within 24 hours by OHSU. As the result of a positive diagnosis, results will be shared over a phone call. 

5. OHSU will contact parent-guardians with results by email within 24 hours. The parent-guardian will be contacted by phone in the case of a positive test result. 

6. All testing data is shared with OHA and Clackamas County Public Health Department. The district will also be notified in the event of a positive diagnosis. 

The program will be weekly, is available to all students regardless of vaccination status and, because it is funded by the state, is free. 

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