NOTE: Though all of PPS may participate in this program, this page includes
contact and scheduling information specific to Sunnyside Environmental School.
For general information about the program, please visit this page.
In our continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Sunnyside will expand participation in a weekly COVID-19 Screening Testing Program, a partnership between the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and PPS. Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms.
If you are interested in having your Middle School student(s) participate in this free weekly COVID-19 screening testing program, please email to Kieran Cannistra a signed copy of the opt-ins attached to this letter, or have your student turn in signed hard copies to the SES office. Please note that you do not need to send in paperwork for your K-5 students if they are already participating. This email is about expansion of the program to include Middle Students.
Forms to return to SES:
If I enroll my student in this testing program, what should I expect?
- Families who wish to participate in the testing program must fill out the consent form and health authorization linked above.
- Every month, we will send kits and labels home with students. The first kits will be sent home with SES Middle School students as student labels become available from OHSU.
- We ask that every Monday morning your student spit into the test tube. We encourage you to watch this 4 minute video or read this document before collecting a spit sample. It is very important to remember that students should not eat or drink anything (other than water) or brush their teeth for 30 minutes before the saliva collection.
- Please return the spit samples every Monday. Students will drop off samples in secure drop boxes outside the nurse’s office or by the front door of the school. Samples will be collected by OHSU for transportation to the lab for testing. (If a student misses a week, they will wait until the following week to submit a sample.)
- OHSU will share the results within 48 hours of the specimen being dropped off at school. You will receive a secure email with your child's results. Emails will be sent to the primary contact in the student’s ParentVUE record. Unfortunately, emails are sent to only one email address, and none can be added.
Please note: Neither SES nor PPS will receive the results of your student’s test, and we are unable to look up students’ test results.
If it is a positive (or inconclusive) result, we ask that you keep your student home from school. Please call the SES office immediately and we will follow the guidance provided by our partners at the Multnomah Health Department.
Your student’s test results will be kept confidential and will be accessible only to you, unless it is a positive result. In the event of a positive result, your authorization allows OHSU to provide this information to the Multnomah County Health Department.
We know that this is an important tool in our effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s also important to remember that despite the availability of this program, the best tools to protect individuals against COVID-19 are vaccination for those eligible, physical distancing, masks, proper ventilation and airflow, hand hygiene, and staying home if ill or exposed to someone with COVID-19.
School Health Assistant Amy is available to help answer your health and safety questions. The Sunnyside team is here to support you, your family and your child’s educational success and emotional wellness.
If you have questions about the testing process, please contact administration at email@example.com or 503-916-6226. Please also be sure to update any email addresses in ParentVUE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with ParentVUE issues. If you have questions about the OHSU process or test specifics, please refer to the links below and contact OHSU directly.
We are excited for the launch of this screening testing program, helping us make more informed decisions about our students' safety and health.
Additional documents for your reference