At-Home COVID-19 Testing Kits
*AT-HOME TESTING KITS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR CUHSD STUDENTS.*
For the 2022-2023 school year, CUHSD will regularly be offering students free at-home tests and will not be offering on-site weekly screenings. This is in line with guidance from the California Department of Public Health to offer students and families access to regular screening.
Please contact your student's front office for more information on how your student can pick up their at-home COVID tests.
Updates effective March 13, 2023:
Masks are still strongly recommended in our schools, but not required under a number of conditions:
What does this mean for students and staff?
Masking has always been one portion of our multifaceted COVID-19 Safety Plan that includes staying home when sick, regular sanitizing and cleaning of our facilities, at-home COVID screenings for students and staff, placing new sanitation stations, and ventilation measures. Mask wearing will still be strongly recommended and is an option for every student or staff member who wishes to wear one at any time. We know that this will be a highly personal decision for each family and staff member and we will respect the choice you make.
Group-Based Tracing for COVID Exposures
As you may recall, in January we shared that CUHSD staff would pause individual close contact notifications during the COVID surge, in line with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and Public Health.
Now that the surge has subsided, our schools will restart notices. Moving forward, however, the communications will be sent following CDPH’s Group-Tracing Approach. Instead of individual contact tracing and close-contact notifications, our staff will notify groups of students and staff (i.e. classmates, teammates, etc.) who have shared an indoor space with someone with COVID-19 during their infectious period.
Students who receive this notification should test at least once weekly using at-home or primary care physician provided tests, CUHSD's at-home testing resources or through CUHSD’s community testing kiosk. CUHSD will no longer offer on-site health screening and will transition to providing at-home COVID-19 tests to students.
What does this mean for you and your child?
- If your child has been exposed to someone with COVID 19, they may remain in school unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Being exposed to somebody with COVID-19 does not necessarily mean that your child will become infected. Vaccination and wearing a mask can reduce the chance of infection even if exposed. In-home close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and are exposed to a confirmed positive case in their household must still quarantine as outlined below even if symptoms are not present.
- You will be notified if your child spent more than a cumulative total of 15 minutes (within a 24-hour time period) in a shared indoor airspace (e.g., classroom) with someone with COVID-19 during their period of infectiousness.
- Notification will occur to "groups" of exposed students (e.g., classmates, teammates, cohorts, etc.) rather than contact tracing to identify individual "close contacts" (e.g., those within 6 feet).
- As always, if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, please make sure they isolate at home immediately and notify your student’s school attendance staff right away.
- If your child is exposed, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior infection, they should get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days after exposure.
- If your child is exposed, does not have symptoms, and tests regularly, they may continue to attend school and participate in sports and extracurriculars.
- Visit the CUHSD Testing/Resources page to see additional testing resources.
Using the Most Appropriate Masks at School
Frequently Asked Questions
Report COVID-19 Health and Safety Concerns