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Edmonds School District

New COVID-19 and Flu A + B test is available

BD Triplex Test

Starting Monday, Jan. 9, the Edmonds School District will offer a nasal swab screening test for students and staff that will not only test for COVID-19, but will also test for FLU A+B. 

The Learn to Return program funded by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) provides free COVID-19 testing for Washington K-12 schools. This letter is to inform you that through this program, our school will start offering BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B testing at our district starting January 9th, 2023.

Commonly referred to as BD Triplex, this test detects Flu A + B as well as COVID-19 and can be a useful tool to detect respiratory illnesses during the winter months. Knowing if it is COVID-19 or the flu allows families and caregivers to make informed decisions about staying home and seeking follow-up care as needed. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for all students, so everyone can get back to in-person learning sooner!

Please see the frequently asked questions about this new testing application: 

What is BD Veritor SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B test?

Also known as BD Triplex, this test is a rapid antigen test that uses one sample to detect three viruses: COVID-19, flu A, and flu B. It only takes 15 minutes to get clear results for each sample. Watch this short video for more details on how this test works. You can also look at the BD Veritor for SARS-CoV-2 & Flu A+B Patient Factsheet for more information.

Getting tested with BD Triplex is a similar experience to getting tested with other COVID-19 tests since the sample collection method is the same. BD Triplex’s only difference is that it detects flu as well as COVID-19 using a single sample. 

What should I do if I want my student to be tested with BD Triplex? 

Your next step is to sign a new consent form: Parents/caregivers who want their student to participate in BD Triplex testing must sign a new consent form. 

What if my student tests positive for Flu A + B or COVID-19?

The school district will share positive flu or COVID-19 results with students and their parents or caregivers who have given consent to be tested. Your student may be sent home with information on the flu or what to do if you test positive for COVID-19. For more information about the flu, please review Flu: A Guide for Parents and What to Do if your Child Gets the Flu.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our school community safe during these challenging times.