Covid-19 Testing FAQs

  • Return to Campus Phase 3  - SMUHSD Covid-19 Testing

     

    Q:  Will my student be required to test if they have already received the Covid-19 vaccine?

    A: Yes, even if your student has received both doses of the Covid19 vaccine they will be expected to test at their school approximately every three weeks.

     

    Q: What if my student has already been tested for Covid-19 or tested with our own provider or in the community?

    A: If your student has been tested in the last seven days prior to or after our campus testing date we will accept a copy of your negative results. Please share results with the  student health office at your school.

     

    Q: Whose information do I enter when completing the Curative form?

    A: Enter the information of your student. The contact information will be who receives the results. Either parents or students may receive their results. Results are shared via text message and email.

     

    Q: If my student tested positive in the last three months?

    A: Please do not sign up for testing at this time. Please share the date of your positive test with your student health office. After 90 days have passed since your positive test you will be required to begin testing with us approximately every three weeks.

     

    Q: What if my student is already participating in an on-campus learning hub, pod, club, or athletics and has already been tested?

    A: If your student has been tested in the last seven days prior to or after our campus testing date we will accept a copy of your negative results. Please share results with the  student health office at your school. 

     

    Q: What if my student is part of the Phase 1 or Phase 2 Return to Campus group?

    A: Your student should be tested. Please check with your students health office as your testing might be offered at a different time or day than Phase 3 return.

    Q: What if my student was tested through their SMUHSD athletics team?

    A: If your student has been tested in the last seven days they will not need to test at this time. Please share results with the  student health office at your school. They will need to test with us in approximately three weeks.


    Q: What is surveillance testing?

    A: California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that surveillance testing be implemented based on the local disease trends. CDPH encourages school districts and schools to test staff periodically, as testing capacity permits and as practicable. Examples of recommended frequency include testing all staff over a two-month period, where 25% of staff are tested every two weeks, or 50% every month in order to rotate testing of all staff over time. If epidemiological data indicates concern for widespread or increasing community transmission, schools should increase testing of staff to detect potential cases as laboratory testing capacity allows.


    Q: What type of testing does the District use?

    A: PCR Testing is used by the District is a painless mouth swab that takes just a few minutes and is less invasive than brushing one’s teeth. The test is self-administered with trained staff observing each test. Results are typically available within 48 hours.