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COVID-19 Testing Returning From Break

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January 2, 2022

ICYMI! In Case You Missed It

Read: December 29 message about testing before return to school (below)

  • If you are sick, stay home. If you have COVID-19 symptoms* isolate at home, get tested, and contact your healthcare provider and the school office right away for further direction. 
  • If your student is asymptomatic, testing is not required, though public health still encourages students to test before returning to campus from the holiday break. 

 

New! California Department of Public Health’s iHealth Return from Holiday Break Testing Program

On Wednesday, December 22, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it will offer millions of families across the state free at-home COVID-19 test kits as students return from winter break.

Through this partnership with CDPH, Santa Clara Unified School District is able to provide each student with an iHealth At-Home COVID Test Kit to administer at home on Monday, January 3rd before returning to school on Tuesday, January 4. Note that, per Santa Clara County Public Health Department, at-home tests are not accepted for individuals who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who have been identified as close contacts. These tests should only be used for asymptomatic screening by individuals who have not recently been in contact with a positive case. The tests arrived in Santa Clara County on Friday and we were able to pick them up today, Sunday, January 2, 2022, when the county office of education warehouse opened. 

Notes:

  • Per Santa Clara County Public Health Department, at-home tests are not accepted for individuals who (1) are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or (2) have been identified as close contacts. These tests should only be used for asymptomatic screening by individuals who have not recently been in contact with a positive case. 
  • This program does not replace our existing testing programs (see below) but is rather a supplemental one-time additional “layer of safety”. 

Distribution Locations and Times

Families can pick up kits on Monday, January 3, 2022, at the below locations and times. To expedite the pick-up, please have your student’s ID card or ID number available, if possible.

Monday, January 3, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Cabrillo Middle School  |  2550 Cabrillo Ave, Santa Clara
  • Callejon K-8 School  |  4176 Lick Mill Blvd, Santa Clara
  • Mayne Elementary School  |  5030 N. First St, San Jose
  • Santa Clara High School  |  3000 Benton St, Santa Clara

Monday, January 3, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • SCUSD District Office  |  1889 Lawrence Rd, Santa Clara 

Links to Instructions

Reporting Results to Schools

School offices will be open on January 3rd. Please call your school office ONLY if your student’s test is POSITIVE for COVID-19.

 

Additional Information

SCUSD COVID-19 Testing Center (operated by Grapefruit Testing)

  • Public health guidance confirms that “antigen tests are acceptable to determine both the presence or absence of active infection with SARS-CoV-2 in individuals with or without symptoms. Repeat antigen testing and/or confirmatory [PCR] testing should be considered in individuals who receive a negative result with an antigen test but have symptoms specific for COVID-19 (such as loss of taste and smell).” We are fortunate to be able to offer this free, walk-in rapid antigen testing service to our students, staff, and their household members, seven days a week.
  • Please plan on longer wait times. Longer wait times are common at most testing centers following the holidays and the increasing surge in cases.
  • Please also plan on longer processing times for PCR test results as labs across the state and nation are inundated with tests, Grapefruit Testing’s labs included. Grapefruit is working with their labs to process the tests as quickly as possible. 

Weekly COVID-19 Screening Testing Program (operated by Concentric Testing

  • The program will continue next week.
  • All staff are tested through our weekly screening testing program. 
  • Due to the Monday in-service day, students enrolled in the program who are normally tested on Monday will be tested on Tuesday or Wednesday (note: weekly testing typically occurs Monday through Wednesday).

 

*Common COVID-19 symptoms

 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose with another symptom
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

 


December 29, 2021

We hope that you have been enjoying the holiday break and finding some time to unwind a bit. 

As we prepare for students and staff to return next week, we wanted to share reminders with you about COVID-19 testing that is available. Even if you are not displaying symptoms, we encourage all staff, students, and their household members to participate in asymptomatic testing next week.

Asymptomatic testing 

  • The SCUSD COVID-19 Testing Center (operated by Grapefruit Testing) at the Wilcox High School Performing Arts Center is open over the break (visit our testing center webpage for holiday hours). You will receive both rapid antigen and PCR tests. 
  • The SCUSD weekly screening testing program (operated by Concentric Testing) will run at each site next week. All staff are automatically enrolled in the program. If your student is not already enrolled, visit our weekly testing webpage for instructions on how to sign up.

If you are displaying symptoms* of COVID-19:

  1. Isolate at home, and
  2. Seek free testing at the SCUSD COVID-19 Testing Center, your healthcare provider, or a Santa Clara County testing location

*Common COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose with another symptom
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea