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.
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.
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.
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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.