The University of Oregon is partnering with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide 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 participating schools throughout Lane, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine and Jackson counties. 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.
How it works
- Individual schools must register to participate in the program.
- Students attending the participating schools must also opt in to receive the testing. It is completely voluntary. (Students at schools that do not opt into this program will not be eligible to receive the free testing.)
- The University of Oregon will send collection kits to participating schools on a weekly basis.
- The schools will assemble the samples from the students after at-home collection and package them in pre-provided shipping containers for return to the University of Oregon.
- Test results will be sent directly to the students or their guardians and to the Oregon Health Authority on a weekly basis, using the SalivaDirect test protocol.
School administrators and students or guardians can find more information on how to register at the links below.
More information on testing options for Oregon’s K-12 schools, including the screening testing provided by the University of Oregon, is available on OHA’s website.
- It’s free. This program is free for schools and students.
- It’s simple. The at-home test collection can be done in minutes and test results will be received within one or two days.
- It’s effective. Because children under the age of 12 are currently not eligible for vaccination, schools are encouraged to implement multiple prevention strategies to keep students, families, and communities safe. With the return of in-person learning, regular screening will help to quickly identify COVID-19 cases, interrupt the spread of the virus and minimize disruption to learning and school activities.
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.