Testing Outcomes

The testing program helped district leads, school staff, and parents feel more confident, less worried, and more comfortable with returning to school

Parent's Quote

“Knowing that testing was available to all staff on-site and any child attending greatly increased my confidence that if an outbreak occurred, it would be detected and dealt with appropriately” – Parent from SOS pilot site 

Parents and Families

Parents reported high levels of satisfaction with the testing program implementation

Testing Outcomes

93% of parents surveyed and 84% of staff surveyed at school testing pilot sites throughout the State of California agreed that they felt confident returning to in-person learning because of school testing.

Bringing Children Back to In-Person Learning More Safely with COVID-19 testing

Information for Parents and Caregivers

Key Ways to Keep Children Safe from COVID-19

Get Vaccinated!

Vaccination is the most important action you can take to protect yourself and your child from COVID-19. Make sure all adults in your family are vaccinated. If your child is above the age of 5, please make sure they are vaccinated for COVID-19 and up to date on their other vaccines.

Mask Up!
  • Continue use of masks for both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons indoors.
  • Be an example for your child and let them know your expectation for them to use masks at school.
  • Masks are one of the most effective and simplest safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Get Creative: have a mask-making project with your child and make sure their mask is comfortable for their face.
Get Tested!
  • Regular testing in schools helps catch COVID before community spreading.
  • Most children with COVID infections generally don’t have symptoms but can still transmit the disease, that is why we test even when children are feeling fine.
  • With the new Omicron Variant more children are becoming ill and being hospitalized so stopping spread is critical.
  • School COVID testing in California is generally free and does not require health insurance, results are confidential.
Consent for Testing!

Make sure you sign any request for COVID-19 testing consent from your school or its testing partners (like Primary, Gingko, Color or others). If you can’t do it online, get a paper consent or call the phone number.

Helpful Tips for Parents and Caregivers about Rapid Testing

Additional Resources for Families

How to consent my child to be tested?

There are three different ways to provide consent for your child to be tested at their school (or for home testing programs).

Option 1: You will receive an invitation from Primary.Health, or other school testing providers (like Gingko or Color)  via text or email.

Option 2: Your child may bring a paper consent home for you to sign and return to school with your child.

Option 3: You can call the consenting hotline and provide consent for your child over the phone at (650) 275-5419 for Primary.Health.

Are you in a home testing program? Step by Step Instructions on how to do the at-home BinaxNOW test:

 Step 1: Open the test card from the packaging and lay it on a flat surface.

Step 2: Have your child gently swab each nostril in circles for 15 seconds.

Step 3: Add 6 drops of the reagent solution onto the test card in the top hole.

Step 4: Insert the cotton swab into the test card bottom hole and push it through to the top hole, then twirl 3 times.

Step 5: Remove the tape and close the cover with the front facing up, leave it lying flat.

Step 6: Wait 15 minutes for the result.

Step 7: Read the result, one pink line is negative, two pink lines is positive (watch the video for more details).

Step 8: Log your result into Primary.Health.

Abbott BinaxNOW Home Testing Video

PBS Parent’s Page

Primary.Health Parent’s Page

CDPH Safe Schools Parent Page

Rockefeller Foundation’s Report on Parent’s Aptitude to School Re-Opening

To Learn More about Testing in Schools visit our Main Site

Videos about COVID-19 Testing in Schools


COVID-19 Testing at Home with Instructions (Chinese Language Video)


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