Vancouver Public Schools has been exploring partnerships to expand local COVID-19 testing capability and help families and staff members access tests. With the help of Clark County Public Health, the district is vetting possible partners but has not yet finalized any partnerships.

No start date has been set for testing at VPS schools. Before any optional testing will be offered at school sites, the district will have a plan in place that addresses logistics and safety, and will communicate information to staff members and families.

One possible partner for testing, Embry Health, earlier released inaccurate information about testing. The company did not inform VPS of its intent to issue a press release. We regret that inaccurate information was shared.

Until a vetted partnership is established, the district will continue offering free optional testing at the Jim Parsley Center for current VPS students and staff members when school is in session, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m.