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Voluntary weekly surveillance testing is available for all KS Hawaiʻi haumāna.

Voluntary surveillance testing via take home kits

Sept. 15, 2021

Contributed by Shaundor Chillingworth

To participate in voluntary surveillance testing, ʻohana just need to sign your keiki's COVID-19 testing consent form for this school year in their electronic health record. Mahalo to ʻohana who have already done so and started testing via take home kits this week. Voluntary surveillance testings will occur weekly. The following is information you need to know to prepare them to participate for testing. 

All COVID-19 surveillance testing for Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi haumāna will be conducted using take home kits. For elementary students participating in the voluntary testing, kits are distributed to haumāna directly on Fridays, and they should drop-off their samples on Monday mornings(or the next day if a holiday or absent) from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at the designated drop-off area in the Pauahi Lani Nui Administration Building in a bin located in the front office by the counter.  

Kits will be distributed on Fridays(or Thursday for  and should be dropped off on Monday mornings before 7:45 a.m.
Drop-off samples will be collected at the Kula Haʻahaʻa office


Complete the one-time consent form before Thursday to be added in time for that week's testing. If after Thursday, keiki will be included in the following week's testing.  

On your sample make sure to:

  • Label the vial with your keiki's birthday (month/day)
  • Complete the inserted card with student i.d. and birthday

Here are the reminders of what all testers should do:

  1. Hydrate
    Since the test is saliva-based, the better hydrated you are, the easier it will be to fill the tube. The recommendation is to consume at least 64 oz. of water to ensure proper hydration.
  2. Don't eat, drink, or chew gum for at least one hour prior to the test.
    Not even water should be consumed for at least an hour prior to the test. Eating or drinking is allowed once testing is completed.  
  3. See the instructions below on how to collect your sample. 
    Students will be provided the collection tube. We’ll collect 1.0-1.5 mL of saliva. Drooling is preferred as spitting can add air bubbles and mucus to the sample. Once done filling the saliva tube, seal and place the tube in the collection materials provided and testing is complete. You can also download a pdf of the instructions. Scanning will take place at the drop-off site.

The test provider, Shield T3, has also put together a video with some tips for how to submit a good sample. 

Results may take up to 72 hours and will be accessible through the KS electronic health record system (EHR) Mo'omō'ali Olakino. Find them in the Lab Results page. You will only be contacted if the result comes back positive.

Because this is a KS-sponsored testing event, it does not count for Daily Wellness Check-in purposes, and will not prevent your keiki from returning to campus, provided a negative test result.

As one of our layered safety protocols, Kamehameha Schools will continue free, voluntary COVID-19 surveillance testing on-campus on a weekly basis to monitor how the virus is impacting our school community and to give you the information about your keiki's health to make informed decisions for the safety of those around you. 

If there are any questions about these tests, please contact your keiki's health room.

Mahalo for taking this important precaution in gaining more certainty to keep our kula community and your own ʻohana safe! 

Mālama pono! 

See instructions provided by Shield T3 about how to provide your sample. Scanning will take place after drop-off.

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