Elementary schools across the West Linn-Wilsonville school district began sending COVID-19 testing kits home with students on Friday, Oct. 29, as part of the free and optional program to help limit the spread of the virus.Â Â
In early September the school district announced it would partner with the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health & Science University to offer the tests so students catch positive cases earlier.
The program is designed to prioritize younger children who are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine. There have been 27 positive cases in primary schools so far this year. The district has had 53 total cases among students.Â
Andrew Kilstrom, director of communications, said there has been strong interest in the program. The testing will be available for secondary students tentatively in the next few weeks.
What to expect
Students who opted into the program will be sent home with a testing kit every Friday. The program uses a saliva test, and a guardian will need to administer the test by following the instruction for the sample collection.Â
Students will then drop them off at their school on Mondays, and the school will store the finished kits in a secure, temperature-controlled area before they're sent to the OHSU testing lab.Â
Families will receive results within the day. In the case of a positive test, families will be contacted by OHSU and be instructed to isolate and quarantine.Â
Families who have not registered their child but would like to do so should contact their school's administration for a consent form from OHA and a registration form from OHSU.Â
Students can opt out of the program at any time.
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