Tools for Schools



Shared Google Drive

Safely Opening Schools partners with the California Department of Public Health to support the rollout of school-based rapid antigen testing across the state. We provide technical assistance to school districts about how to set up school COVID-19 testing programs and work with school communities to incentivize consents for broad support for on-site COVID-19 testing.

If you are unable to view our Shared Google Drive, please see below for each downloadable PDF.

iHealth COVID-19 Test At-Home Testing Instructions

CDPH End-to-End: Services Timeline

CDPH End-to-End: Roles & Responsibilites

PTA: Sign Up your Child Today! 

Consent to Testing 

CDPH Rapid Antigen Test Workflow 

Swabs for COVID-19 Testing: The Real Story 

COVID-19 Prevention Tips 

Social Distance: 3 Feet

Social Distance: 6 Feet

The Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines for Students: The Real Story 

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: Policy Brief

Should California School Districts Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students?

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Schools are safe to attend, but the pandemic is not over. We need to continue to keep schools as safe as possible for students and education workers. COVID-19 is a resilient virus, consistently mutating into new variants like Delta and Omicron. 

Key Findings

  • California school districts have the authority to mandate vaccination, but must still offer medical and personal belief exemptions until the Legislature acts. 
  • The Legislature should act to add COVID-19 to the list of required vaccinations for school children as soon as possible.

Meet the Authors:

Lynn D. Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP,

Ana Vasudeo, MRP, 

COVID-19 Promotional Videos on Testing At-Home and in Schools for Parents and Families 

Testing for COVID-19 At-Home for Schoolchildren with Instructions from Abbott

Testing for COVID at Your Child’s School

TikTok Style Video for Kids on Why Get Tested

Additional Resources


If you have questions about the At Home Testing Program, here is a link to a folder with helpful materials:

If you are inquiring how to send the link for participants to log their at home test, watch this video on how to send a custom communication with the link for participants to log their results:

For a video for those participants who need support with At Home Testing:

If you have ordered test kits from CDPH, they are currently processing all orders on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are slight delays from the warehouse,  however all orders should be fulfilled within 14-21 days. For specific questions regarding test kits or faulty kits, contact the following email for your school:

To view software training videos or to register for training, visit our Primary.Health help site by logging into your account, scrolling to the bottom, and selecting Help Site – you can also access out video library here:

For urgent issues, contact our call center at (650) 275-5419

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Safely Opening Schools is a project of the Public Health Institute, (PHI) PHI has been a leader in public health and development for over 50 years. PHI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a vision of creating healthy communities where individuals reach their highest potential. Safely Opening Schools is part of PHIs Prevention Policy Group, which works on policy approaches involved in safely opening public schools after Covid-19.