Return Health COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Overview

Once schools are physically reopened to at least some in-person instruction, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that surveillance testing be implemented based on the local disease trends. If epidemiological data indicates concern for increasing community transmission, schools should increase testing of staff to detect potential cases as lab testing capacity allows. School staff are essential workers, which includes teachers, school nurses, support staff, para-professionals, cafeteria workers, janitors, bus drivers, or any other school employee that may have contact with students or other staff. 

School districts and schools shall test staff periodically, as testing capacity permits and as practicable. Examples of recommended frequency include testing all staff over two months, where 25% of staff are tested every two weeks, or 50% every month to rotate testing of all staff over time.

School employees and students who need testing would either go to their health care provider or a state-operated or other community testing site. The Department of Managed Health Care has filed an emergency regulation to require health plans to pay for COVID-19 testing for all essential workers, including employees in school. In addition, tests are available at community testing sites throughout the state. 

SCUSD will work closely with the SCPH to further determine testing protocols and strategies and will update this section when further guidance by CDPH or SCPH is provided.