TUSD COVID-19 Testing Program

  • As we shared, in order for masked/unvaccinated students who are close contacts to a positive case to continue attending school while in quarantine they must participate in our TUSD COVID-19 testing program. Close contacts who do not test must remain home in quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure to the positive case. Students will be tested twice over a period of 7-10 days and have options to modify their quarantine with two negative tests. We encourage you to complete the Informed Consent authorization texted and emailed to you that allows your student to self-administer a mid-nasal, rapid-antigen test under the supervision of a trained TUSD staff member. Your student is able to continue attending school as long as they test negative and they remain asymptomatic.  You will be informed whether your student was a close contact to a positive case prior to testing. If your student becomes symptomatic, please keep them home, contact your doctor and complete the “Keep Our Schools Safe” form on the school website.

    Note: Per the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), vaccinated students who are a close contact to a positive case are not required to quarantine or test as long as they remain asymptomatic. Unmasked/Unvaccinated students follow a separate protocol.


  • Why am I providing Informed Consent at this time?

  • Do I need to provide Informed Consent again if already completed?

  • What type of COVID-19 test is being used?

  • Am I allowed to be present while my student tests?

  • How Accurate is the BinaxNOW test?

  • What happens if my student tests positive?

  • Are the swabs used in the tests safe for use?

  • I'm concerned about any item sterilized with Ethylene Oxide, can I get more information on this?

COVID-19 Testing Program

Who should get tested?

  • Stanislaus County Public Health recommends testing for COVID-19 if you meet one of the following criteria:

    • If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell;
    • If you were in close contact (within 6 feet for over 15 minutes) or think you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19;
    • If you work in an environment with high risk for exposure, such as a hospital or medical clinic, long-term care facility, homeless shelter or prison, factory, or farm;
    • You work in an occupation where you are frequently in contact with the public, including jobs such as first responders, teachers, personal caregivers, housekeepers, construction workers, food service/restaurant workers, gas station and grocery store workers.


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