The San Diego Unified School District will provide two rapid COVID-19 tests for all of its students to self-test at home before returning to campus after winter break in January, it has been said. announced Wednesday.
The iHealth COVID-19 Antigen rapid tests have been provided by the California Department of Public Health and will be distributed to more than 98,000 San Diego Unified students this week, according to the district.
âMany students will be traveling or meeting with friends and family over the winter break, and with a recent increase in case rates and the new Omicron variant, students may be exposed to COVID-19,â said Richard Barrera, Chairman of the Board of SDUSD. . “These rapid home tests will help all of our students and their families have a more relaxed outlook on a safe return to school in January.”
According to the district, students are expected to take the first self-administered test on Dec.31, three days before they return to school. The second home test should be taken on the morning of January 3, before coming to school.
Students who test positive on either test should stay home and contact their doctor and school immediately and should follow any additional district instructions before returning to campus.
In addition to the test kits, the district encouraged families to get immunized if they haven’t already.
âWe want our students and their families to take common sense precautions to protect themselves so that we can all return to a safe learning environment after winter break,â said Susan Barndollar, Executive Director of Nursing and district welfare. “This not only includes using these home test kits, but also practicing good hygiene habits.”
Students who miss the test kit distribution should plan to make an appointment for testing through their health care provider or by visiting the county website to find free test locations.