Regular testing of unvaccinated students and staff who have no symptoms is an important safety layer to help protect school communities, especially when paired with important prevention measures such as masking. Regular screening testing allows cases to be caught early before they can lead to the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about school testing from the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force.

SMCOE helped distribute COVID-19 test kits to public school districts and charters for testing of students during the first week of school in January 2022.

At-Home Return-to-School Testing

CDPH is building upon existing efforts to keep schools safe by increasing access to no-cost, at-home COVID-19 antigen tests. Tests provided through this program will supplement (and not replace) the many existing testing resources in place for school communities statewide. 

Information for Parents on Administering the Tests

The California Department of Public Health has provided the following information to assist parents in administering tests and reporting results.

Parent Instructions for Reporting COVID-19 Test Results