• Curative COVID Test Announcement:

    In collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, our school district is participating in a state-funded effort to provide voluntary COVID-19 testing that will be incorporated into our existing district reopening plans to further help contain the virus, protect our communities, and keep students and teachers safe and healthy whether they are remote or in-person.  This letter will explain how the testing will work and how you can register for this option in advance. 

    Here is how the voluntary testing will work within and support our existing protocols:

    • Symptom check and report: As you know we are asking everyone – teachers, staff, and students, to complete a daily symptom and exposure check. Staff are using online software called Qualtrics and students are using the daily blue attestation slips. People who report symptoms or exposure screen in to the free and easy testing process.

    • Voluntary testing: Teachers, staff, students, and members of their household who show symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be referred to onsite testing in our district, where they can get a free test that day. We will also provide free testing to teachers and staff who do not have symptoms before the return of a new grade band and after long breaks. If a test is positive, staff and students will be asked to isolate for at least 10 days and until symptoms have resolved. If the test is negative, they will be asked to isolate until symptoms have improved.

    • Oral swab tests: We are partnering with a company called Curative, which uses painless, highly reliable oral swab test kits. With these kits, individuals collect their own saliva samples under the observation of a trained test administrator (usually the school nurse). These samples are sent to Curative’s lab daily.  Results are returned within 48 hours.

    • Exposure-response: When a positive case is identified, the school will activate its exposure-response plan, planning the quarantine or isolation of the individual(s) who have a confirmed case and initiating contact tracing within the school district. The district will offer free and easy testing to everyone who has had contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

    • Contact tracing: Every positive case is reported to the county health department for case investigation and contact tracing. All close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of the test results, in order to prevent further household or community transmission.

    We encourage all families and staff to create a Curative profile at the appropriate link listed below to be prepared if the need or desire for you to be tested arises. By creating this profile, testing availability will be activated. All health information is kept strictly confidential and the district and Curative abide by HIPPA rules and regulations.

    If you are interested, at any point, in a Curative COVID test, please contact your building nurse or the District Nurse. We will help you to get the testing set-up.  We appreciate your partnership and look forward to assisting you in this process. 

    Kelsey Mitchell MSN, BSN, RN
    Lakewood School District Nurse
    kemitchell@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 654-2098 

    Lakewood High School
    Jolene Cox BSN, RN
    jcox@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 652-4505 

    Lakewood Middle School 
    Annette Ziegler, RN 
    aziegler@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 652-4510 

    Cougar Creek Elementary
    Gwen Grubb, RN
    ggrubb@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 652-4517

    English Crossing Elementary
    Jen Rucker, RN
    jrucker@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 652-4515

    Lakewood Elementary
    Jessica Dunc BSN, RN
    jdunc@lwsd.wednet.edu
    (360) 652-4520 



    Curative permission slip and HIPPA authorization form
     



    How to Register

    Please follow the Walk-Up Link to register your Patient Profile. Completing your registration will also create your first appointment.

    Walk-Up Link

    Upon following the link, you will not need to search for a testing site

    You will simply click on ‘Get tested’ to begin your patient profile registration.

     Curative Get Tested

    Once you’ve completed your registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about your appointment. 

    After each test, your results will be emailed or texted to you. You may check the status of your test results by following the link provided in your confirmation email.

    Please review the short instructional video on collecting a sample prior to testing:

    Oral Fluid Swab Instruction Video


     

    Frequently asked questions about Learn to Return Testing Program