Weekly Screening Testing

  • Santa Clara Unified is partnering with Concentric to provide an optional and free weekly pooled COVID-19 screening testing program for all students across the district. All staff will participate in weekly screening testing, regardless of vaccination status.

    We need your help! We are requesting each family to participate in this program to help safeguard the wellbeing of our entire school community. This is an important mitigation layer to provide as much safety to you and to our students as possible, especially our youngest children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. 


    Weekly Screening Testing Dates

    Your school administration will communicate which day of the week screening testing will take place at your school.


    Consent Form

    To give permission for your child to participate in their school's weekly COVID-19 pooled testing, please fill out the consent form (Español). Email the completed form to your school office staff (www.santaclarausd.org/schools) or deliver it to the school's front office so that they can update your child's consent to participate.

    Consent Form - English
    Consent Form - Español

    Important Information 

    • If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please complete a consent form for each child. 
    • Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. Testing is strongly encouraged, but optional — if you do not want your family to participate, your student will not be included in the testing program. In most cases, should your child receive an exposure notice, participating in the weekly testing program will allow your child to continue with in-person learning on a “modified quarantine” with as little disruption as possible to your family. This is because modified quarantine rules include a testing requirement.

    Questions?

    • Please read the below overview which answers commonly asked questions.
    • If you have questions regarding testing at your child's school site, please contact the school directly (www.santaclarausd.org/schools).

    Overview

    How does pooled screening testing work?

    Concentric staff will be on site each week to conduct the screening tests. The weekly screening will use a pooled testing method. Pooling can test 25 people using one test and takes less than 10 minutes per pool. All staff and students in a classroom swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test. Results are received within 48 hours. Webpage: How it Works 

    Students will swab their own noses? How does that work?

    Yes, even very young children are very good at this. Video: Child explaining the process

    Why pooled testing? Why should my student participate?

    You know the old saying: “knowledge is power.” Tools like pooled testing empower us to make great decisions. Without knowing the specific prevalence of COVID-19 in our school, it’s tough for us to make informed decisions about safeguarding our school community, returning to school, or continuing in-person learning.

    What happens if a pool tests positive for COVID-19?

    If there is a positive pool, individual rapid antigen diagnostic tests will be conducted immediately to determine the positive case and any necessary contact tracing, notifications, and quarantines. Notifications will come from your school or school district.

    For more information, visit Concentric’s website.