COVID-19 Testing in K-12 Schools
PBCCS will be offering a COVID-19 testing program on site beginning March 1. This testing program is a coordinated effort by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE). The goal of this program is to further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools.
- There is NO requirement that students and/or staff participate in COVID-19 testing at school.
- A COVID-19 test will only be administered with written parent consent, if a student is displaying new COVID-19 symptoms at school or has been exposed in the school setting.
- Consent forms can be found here. If you would like the option of testing at school, please complete and return to PBCCS. This is for students participating in in-person learning only.
- Parents will be notified prior to the administration of a COVID-19, and can opt-out at any time.
- The test provided at K-12 schools is the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid point-of-care antigen test. More information can be found here.
- Testing at school does not replace treatment by a child’s health care provider.
- A positive test result is reported to the local public health authority, as required by law.
School staff have been trained in the administering of the test. Older students are able to self administer the test, through a simple mid level nasal swab. Younger students will be supported by an adult. Any test results will be communicated immediately with families, as well as any follow up steps.
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