Free COVID-19 Screening Testing Program for All School Staff

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Oregon Department of Education - Oregon achieves - together

Dear School and District Leaders,

The message below is from the Oregon Health Authority regarding a new federally funded free COVID-19 screening testing program. Please forward this important opportunity to your K-12 teachers and staff. Participation is voluntary, and every teacher and staff member should have access to this invitation.

Thank you!

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is launching a free COVID-19 testing program for K-12 teachers and staff in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools. This program offers free weekly screening testing by mail to any unvaccinated public or private K-12 teacher or staff member, including volunteers. Testing is not recommended for vaccinated K-12 teachers and staff because the risk of COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals is very low.

Participation is voluntary, and participants can opt-out at any time. If you register for this program, a COVID-19 test kit will be mailed directly to your home each week. The at-home COVID-19 test is performed by gently swabbing just inside the nose. The swab is then returned to the laboratory by mail and results are returned to participants within days. Participation in the program and all results are confidential, however, positive COVID-19 results must be reported to the local public health authority for case investigation and contact tracing.

To register for this screening testing program, please complete the enrollment form. Following enrollment, you will be sent an email by our laboratory partner, Willamette Valley Toxicology, to complete the registration process.

This screening testing program will be offered through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year and may be offered during the following academic year as well.

This program 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.

Please contact OHA if you have any questions. Thank you!