COVID Testing

Free  COVID-19 Testing Location for RSD Students


**Closed For COVID Testing April 1-13**
Students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with the virus may be tested for free at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Make sure you carefully read all of the information on this page so you can understand the process once you arrive on site to be tested. Also, the test results will take 48-72 hours to receive.
NOTE: At this time, the free testing is open only to enrolled students and staff.

Location: Rochester High School Bus Loop
                 19800 Carper Rd SW 
                 Rochester, WA 98579

Testing Hours: 7:30-8:30 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Important Information and Steps for Parents
  1. Register your child using this link prior to arriving.
  2. Watch the instructional video with your child.  Instruction Video - Oral Fluid 1 min. 30 sec.
  3. Don't allow your child to eat, drink, use mouthwash, or chew gum 20 minutes prior to arriving for the test.
  4. Complete the Test Permission Slip/HIPPA form for your child.  (Must be completed by a parent or legal guardian.)
  5. Bring Insurance card or a valid ID card.

Frequently Asked Questions Document (link)

Additional Information and Resources

Preregister online

Participants are encouraged to preregister online before arriving at the testing site. Parents/guardians who preregister their student online will also be asked to fill out a permission slip that allows test results to be shared with their student’s school district. This form is available at Capital Region ESD 113’s website and at the testing site.

  • To preregister use the link above under Important Information for Parents.
  •  COVID-19 tests will be processed by the Curative lab. The lab will contact participants by email or text with test results in approximately 3 days.
  • Please do not report to work or in-person learning/activities if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and awaiting your results.

Who can be tested?

  • The test is available to students and staff — both those learning remotely and those learning in person on school campuses.
  •  The test used at the site is most effective in people who are being tested for COVID-19 within 14 days of the onset of symptoms. View COVID-19 symptoms on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
  • The test is recommended for ages 4 and up. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the test.
  • The test is available regardless of citizenship/immigration status.
  • Participants do not need to have health insurance to be tested, and no one will receive a bill for their test. If you have health insurance and provide that information, the lab will bill your insurance for the cost of testing.
  • People who do not meet the above criteria but want to be tested for COVID-19 should contact their health care provider or one of the testing locations on the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) website.

What to expect at the testing site

  • Do not eat, drink, chew gum, use mouthwash or smoke once you have arrived at the site. Doing these activities within 20 minutes of your test could affect your results.
  • You must wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when visiting the site.
  • This is a self-swab testing site. The entire process takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • This is an oral saliva test; participants should not experience any discomfort. Participants are given instructions on how to properly swab their mouths to administer the test under observation while in their vehicles.
  • The site is a drive-through location only.

The free diagnostic testing is made possible as part of “Learn to Return” — a state-funded program in collaboration between the Gates Foundation, Washington State Department of Health, state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Curative, and the non-profit Health Commons Project. The program is designed to keep students and staff as safe and healthy as possible regardless of whether they are in remote or in-person learning.

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