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SCUSD COVID-19 Testing Center and Telehealth Services
Posted 11/8/21

En Español

November 5, 2021

Dear SCUSD Community,

The grand opening of our COVID-19 Testing Center and telehealth services last week was a success. As with launching any new program, there were a few minor challenges that were met with staff who were prepared to quickly resolve them. 

We listened throughout the week for common questions and are sharing an update with you today in FAQ (frequently asked questions) format to ensure you have all the details you need to maximize your family’s use of these services. 

Which COVID test counts for a return to campus?

  • On October 29, 2021, the CDPH updated its COVID-19 Testing Guidance. Among other updates, the guidance now reflects that in schools and other settings (excluding healthcare, long-term care, and high-risk congregate settings), negative rapid antigen tests are now also acceptable for symptomatic individuals to return to campus. Remember, as was the requirement pre-COVID, they must be fever, diarrhea, and vomit-free for at least 24 hours. The exception: Anyone with loss of taste or smell must wait to return to campus until PCR test results are received. This news likely brings relief for many families, especially with cold and flu season before us. 

Where can I be tested? 

  • We encourage you to take advantage of the free services at our SCUSD COVID-19 Testing Center at Wilcox High School’s Performing Arts Center. The district’s testing center, operated by Grapefruit Testing, is open 7 days a week, including weekday evenings. You will receive both rapid antigen and confirmatory PCR tests. For more information, visit the SCUSD COVID-19 Testing webpage. As before, you can also use your healthcare provider or a Santa Clara County testing center if it is more convenient for you. 

Who do I call if I have questions about testing or a COVID-19 exposure notice I received from the district?

How quickly will I receive results if I use the district’s testing center?

  • You will receive the rapid antigen test results within 20 minutes and the PCR test results in 24-48 hours.

Can my family use the district’s testing center?

  • Yes! Our SCUSD COVID-19 Testing Center at Wilcox High School’s Performing Arts Center and our SCUSD COVID-19 Telehealth Service are open to household family members of our students and staff seven days a week. More: www.santaclarausd.org/covid19testing

If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, should I participate in the district’s weekly COVID-19 screening program with Concentric Testing? And, what do I do if I have symptoms or receive an exposure notice during that time?

  • No, you shouldn’t participate in weekly screening testing. Please let your site administrator know so they can remove you from the weekly testing rosters until the 90 days have passed. This is because you may return a positive test within that time period. 
  • If you become symptomatic or receive an exposure notice during the 90 day period, consult your healthcare provider for directions. You may also call our telehealth line at (866) 231-7002 or charles@grapefruithealth.net.

What if I have a COVID-19 related question that wasn’t answered above?