Safely Opening Schools

The SOS goal is to create and evaluate a learning collaborative to model routine rapid antigen testing for students and staff with a diverse group of California elementary schools serving historically marginalized communities, that can help support safer reopening of schools during the pandemic.Through this learning community of participating districts, we will share and document what we learn and disseminate tools and experiences.

About the Program

SOS is designed as an eight week learning collaborative to model the use twice weekly of rapid antigen testing for COVID19 to support California elementary and middle schools committed to reopening safely with reduced risk to staff, teachers, and students in 8 to 10 districts across the state.

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 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ballmer Group through PHI’s Together for Health Initiative.

About the Pilot

SOS is designed as an eight week learning collaborative to model the use of rapid antigen testing for COVID19 to support California elementary and middle schools committed to reopening safely with reduced risk to staff, teachers, and students in 8 to 10 districts across the state.

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 Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ballmer Group through PHI’s Together for Health Initiative.

Sharing Knowledge

Tools & Resources

Check out our Tools & Resources page for key materials to help with your testing program.

Goal of the Pilot

SOS Goal: The SOS goal is to create and evaluate a learning collaborative to model routine rapid antigen testing for students and staff with a diverse group of California elementary schools serving historically marginalized communities, that can help support safer reopening of schools during the pandemic.Through this learning community of participating districts, we will share and document what we learn and disseminate tools and experiences.

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

Pomona Unified School District

Los Angeles 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 Latino communities hardest hit by COVID-19; students requiring special education and other special needs, and those not doing well with remote learning.