School Participation in the K-12 Screening Testing Program

Thank you for your interest in COVID-19 testing at Oregon’s K-12 Schools.

The University of Oregon is partnering with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide free COVID-19 testing for public and private K-12 schools throughout Oregon during the 2021-2022 school year. This program will offer voluntary weekly screening testing for students in OHA Regions 3, 5, and 7. This includes all of southern and central Oregon. The program is funded through a grant to OHA from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is free to participating schools and students.

Enrolled Schools: School Info Survey

How it works

  • Individual schools must register to participate in the program through the Oregon Health Authority. OHA will notify the University of Oregon when a school has registered, and a member of the UO team will contact the school.
  • The UO requires each school to identify a contact person for testing at the school. This person will be the main contact for the UO laboratory and couriers. Additionally, this primary contact will be responsible for overseeing the distribution and collection of test kits to students, packing returned kits in pre-supplied shipping boxes for pickup, and communicating to the laboratory if supplies are running low.
  • Once schools have registered, the UO K-12 Testing Team will schedule a webinar training with the designated school contact. The training will cover the testing process and responsibilities for both the school and the UO. The onboarding process (including training, supply delivery, etc.) will take approximately two weeks. 
  • Student test results will go directly to the student/parent/guardian and to the Oregon Health Authority and the local public health official for contact tracing. The school will not receive the test results for participating students. If there is a positive case in the school, the local public health authority will contact the school if any steps or further investigation is needed. Schools are encouraged to maintain a strong ongoing relationship with the public health authorities.

Questions

If you have additional questions about testing provided by the University of Oregon or how to register, please visit our testing FAQ page or contact us at: c19schoolsupport@uoregon.edu.This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award to the State of Oregon. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HHS, or the U.S. Government.