WPS COVID-19 Pool Surveillance Testing

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days please do NOT participate in the WPS surveillance testing at this time.

The ability to keep our schools open depends on all of us to commit to a social contract of adherence to universal safety precautions. It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested! Testing is one extra level of precaution that will provide assurance in our ability to keep our schools open for as long as possible. Help us keep our schools open and school communities healthy by getting tested for COVID-19. It’s safe, free, and easy for everyone.

Thank you for your participation and your patience as we try to continue to improve the process!

Step 1 – Pick up a Kit

  • Staff – can pick up a kit anytime from Main Office of your school (except WHS cafeteria) on Thursday or Friday.
  • WMS student kits will be distributed during home room
  • WHS students can pick up a kit anytime in the cafeteria

Kit includes:

saliva collection tube
Saliva Collection Tube
saliva straw
Saliva Straw
alcohol wipe
Alcohol Wipe
tube bag
Tube Bag

Step 2 – Register your Kit

Register your kit (anytime between Thursday and Monday morning).

1. Open this google form.

2. Enter your first and last name, email address and read the consent form. Then click Next.

3. Manually enter bar code on your collection vial. You will need to enter it twice. Then click submit.

Note: bar code is two letters followed by eight numbers

Step 3 – Collect Saliva Sample (DO NOT SPIT until Monday or Tuesday Morning)

For best results please do not eat, drink, smoke, vape or brush teeth within 30 minutes of providing your sample. Do not use mouthwash 2 hours before collecting sample.

Ideally, it is best to collect saliva sample first thing in the morning.

On Monday or Tuesday morning, please collect your saliva sample following this steps or watch this video:

Step 1
Open saliva straw pouch and remove saliva straw
Step 2
Unscrew tube cap and insert ridged end of saliva straw into tube
Step 3
Pool saliva in mouth and push saliva through straw into tube until at least half full
Step 4
Remove and discard saliva straw and securely cap tube
Step 5
Wipe tube with alcohol wipe, place into tube bag and seal
Step 6
Drop off the baggie at the designated location at your school

To increase saliva production you may wish to try:

  • Gently rubbing the outside of your cheeks
  • Making chewing motions with your mouth
  • Smelling or imagining sour foods such as lemons
  • Thinking about your own favorite food

For more detailed information and frequently asked questions, please click here.

Step 4 – Drop off your sample

  • Monday between 7:15 and 9:30 am for Staff, Students in Cohort A & C
  • Tuesday between 7:15 and 9:30 am for Students in Cohort B
  • Exceptions include November 4 (Wednesday) drop off day for Students in Cohort B and December 2 (Wednesday) for Students in Cohort A

Drop off the baggie containing your saliva sample at the designated location:

  • WMS – Drop off will be in receptacles located at 4 entrances: Calvin, D’Auria, Donizetti and Kingsbury
  • WHS:
    • In the lobby outside the main office
    • Outside the second floor House office
    • Outside the third floor office
  • Elementary schools – Outside Nurse Office Door

Please note that once the lab receives our samples, they will be pooling samples and will retest any pools that include a positive sample. We will then be notified of any pair(s) of samples that contain a positive result. What this means is that individual staff members will only be notified if they have potentially tested positive. More information about potentially positive results is found below.

Thanks in advance for your support as we pilot this next phase of our viral testing program.

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