Reminder: COVID Take-home testing

Reminder to take your first COVID Test this Friday, December 31st. See the message below for further directions.


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Dear San Diego Unified Family,

As our country and our community enters a new and dangerous stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, with case rates on the rise due to the Omnicron variant, it is more important now than ever to take extra measures in precaution to protect ourselves.

San Diego Unified School District provided a kit of two COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for all students to self-test at home before returning to campus in January. Your student should have brought home an iHealth COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit from their school prior to the winter break. Free replacement kits, additional kits and rapid testing are all available at the district’s central office testing location.

Please have your student(s) use one of the district-provided at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests on Friday, Dec. 31, and the other on Monday, Jan. 3, before returning to school. Each student should be tested and use his or her own test. If you have questions about how to use these kits, more information is provided below.

IMPORTANT: Please upload your test results immediately here - no matter the test result. If you have not previously used Primary Health for your student, register here before uploading results.

Uploading your test results lets your school know to prepare for your student’s absence in the event of a positive test, meaning teachers can start to pull together lessons for your student immediately.

Students can also get tested at their school the first week back in January by opting in to regular, on-site testing through Responsive Lab Partners. To opt in to testing, visit the Primary Health Portal to register for an account for your child. Please sign the consent in the portal and select the school that your child attends.

We know many students will be traveling and/or gathering with friends and family during the winter break, and with a recent up-tick in case rates, that means students may be exposed to COVID-19. These at-home rapid tests will help all of our students and their families have greater peace of mind about returning to school safely in January.


Please note that any student who has had a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days should not use the test kit. The test may be positive because of a prior infection.

  • Students should take the first test on Friday, December 31 -- three days before their return to school.

  • Students should take the second test the morning of Monday, January 3 before coming to school.

  • If the test is negative, your student feels well, and has no COVID-19 symptoms, they are cleared to return to school.

  • If your child DOES have any COVID-19 symptoms and/or has HAD a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, please keep them home and call your school for next steps before their return.

  • If either test is positive, keep your child home and contact your family doctor and school right away to follow any further instructions before returning to campus.

  • Whether your results are positive or negative, please report the results at

  • Additional details on how and when to use these self-administered COVID-19 tests can be found on this instructional flyer - English | Karen | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Tagalog | Vietnamese

In addition to these at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits, the district is encouraging families to go back to the basics of health and safety precautions this winter break. That means washing hands frequently, avoiding large crowds and wearing masks. Additionally, we encourage families to take advantage of th[is time off from school to get vaccinated if they have yet to do so. Families can visit for information about getting a vaccine through walk-in and scheduled appointments during the break. Students and their families are encouraged to visit the district’s COVID-19 Vaccine website for details on opportunities to get vaccinated for free at school sites in January. We hope you have a healthy and restful remainder of your winter break and look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday. San Diego Unified School District


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