Safely Opening Schools

The SOS goal is to implement a routine rapid antigen testing model with California elementary schools that supports their reopening during the pandemic. SOS will share and document key learnings as well as disseminate tools and resources.

About the Program

Implemented as an eight-week program, SOS promotes rapid antigen testing twice weekly in 10 California elementary and middle schools committed to reopening safely with reduced risk to staff, teachers, and students.

Easy, Fast & Reliable Testing

Rapid antigen testing for COVID19 is easy to use, can be administered onsite by trained non-medical district staff, and provides results within 15 minutes.

Partners

SOS is coordinated by the Public Health Institute and works in close collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, participating school districts, and in dialogue with unions and parents. Our software platform is Primary.Health. Major funding for SOS comes from The California Endowment. Additional support is provided from the Ballmer Group and others through PHI’s Together Toward Health Initiative.

About the Pilot

Implemented as an eight-week program, SOS promotes rapid antigen testing twice weekly in 10 California elementary and middle schools committed to reopening safely with reduced risk to staff, teachers, and students.

Easy, Fast & Reliable Testing

Rapid antigen testing for COVID19 is easy to use, can be administered onsite by trained non-medical district staff, and provides results within 15 minutes. Read more about the SOS Pilot.

Partners

SOS is coordinated by the Public Health Institute and works in close collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, participating school districts, and in dialogue with unions and parents. Our software platform is Primary.Health. Major funding for SOS comes from The California Endowment. Additional support is provided from the Ballmer Group and others through PHI’s Together Toward Health Initiative.

SOS In the News

Compton Unified School District

“I am grateful for our hardworking staff and the partnerships that are enabling us to expand our on-campus instruction and provide an environment for students that we know to be most supportive of their education—in person.” - Superintendent Darin Brawley said.

Goal of the Pilot

SOS Goal: To implement a routine rapid antigen testing model with California elementary schools that supports their reopening during the pandemic. SOS will share and document key learnings as well as disseminate tools and resources.

Participating School Districts

Compton Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Fresno Unified School District

Fresno County

La Honda Pescadero School District

San Mateo County

McSwain Union Elementary School District

Merced County

Oakland Unified School District

Alameda County

Planada Elementary School District

Merced County

Ravenswood City School District

San Mateo County

Redwood City School District

San Mateo County

Rosemead School District

Los Angeles County

Weaver Union School District

Merced County

Commitment to Racial and Health Equity

SOS is committed to advancing racial equity in health and education across California, and will prioritize pilots where reopening is most urgent, i.e. schools serving: large numbers of children of essential workers; predominantly Black and Latinx communities hardest hit by COVID-19; students requiring special education and other special needs; and those not doing well with remote learning.

© 2021 Safely Opening Schools. All rights reserved. Site design by Doug Rider Consulting.
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.