A second grade student is give a at-home COVID-19 test at H.W. Harkness Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif.

Routine COVID-19 testing ends at Sacramento City Unified for upcoming school year

Routine COVID-19 testing ends at Sacramento City Unified for upcoming school year

August 15, 2022 - Sacramento City Unified School District students shuffled through COVID-19 testing once a week last school year, regardless of their symptoms. This year, that program is ending, district officials said at Thursday’s board meeting. The change to the so-called “surveillance testing” is a response to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated Thursday.

The CDC says it no longer recommends students exposed to COVID-19 test negative to continue going to class, as long as they’re feeling fine. That change is for all, regardless of vaccination status. As a result, Victoria Flores, the director of student support and health services for the district, said SCUSD will be focused on “leaning into that home testing, getting those tests out to our community.”

“When we shift to that high level, and we’re back on that trajectory of widespread COVID, we want to do everything we can to protect in-person learning,” Flores said. “That’s why we’ll put that additional layer on and face masking would be required indoors.” 

The district will continue to maintain its stock of KN95, N95 and KF94 masks for students and staff who need them. 

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Source: <https://www.capradio.org/articles/2022/08/15/routine-covid-19-testing-ends-at-sacramento-city-unified-for-upcoming-school-year/>

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