4 BLP schools roll out COVID-19 screening pilot program


Juniper Elementary School and William E. Miller Elementary School have partnered with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the University of Oregon (UO) to pilot free COVID-19 screening for students during the 2021-2022 school year.

They are two of the four schools piloting the voluntary saliva screening program within Bend-La Pine Schools this winter.

If the program is successful during the pilot, it will be rolled out to all district schools.

Interested families can opt-in to participate through the following steps:

Step 1: Register your student at tinyurl.com/k12covidtesting. The registration survey can be viewed in English or Spanish.

Students can sign up anytime. Families who sign up by Wednesday at midnight each week will receive Welcome Kits for their students on the following Monday.

The first kits are scheduled to be delivered to students at their participating school on Nov. 8 for all families registered by midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Participating students must bring their first screening test back to school by Nov. 15 for timely courier pick up, and then every Monday after that (minus holidays) for delivery to the OHA/UO lab for processing.  Learn more, below.

Step 2: Print, fill out and return the completed consent form to the school. If you are unable to print the form, please contact the school for assistance.

The school will provide participants with a welcome package from OHA and UO, which includes a pack of collection kits for registered students.

Students are asked to complete the test at home under adult supervision, on Sunday night or Monday morning each week by following the directions on the kit.

Students or families will drop the completed sample in the schools collection books, which will then be sent back to UO via a courier each Monday.

The UO lab will process the samples and send results to students and families using a secure online portal, typically two days after the tests are returned to the school.


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