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 SDCOE Begins At-Home COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution

Jan. 9, 2022 update: SDCOE has received the remainder of the region's test kit allocation. All school districts and charters have been contacted to arrange pickup.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Dec. 22 that the state would provide approximately 6 million at-home antigen (rapid) tests to California schools with the intent that they be distributed so students can test before they return to school from the break. This week, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) received an initial allocation of 196,560 test kits for distribution to local school districts and charter schools.

“These kits provide an additional layer of COVID-19 mitigation for our region’s public school students,” said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “Given the scarcity of at-home tests, we are thankful to have received these and look forward to getting our full allocation from the state.”

SDCOE distributed test kits on a first-come, first-served basis to districts and charter schools. The kits came on pallets approximately 48 x 40 x 82 inches; each pallet has 7,560 kits. SDCOE warehouse staff broke the pallets down into allocations for each eligible district and charter, which then sent trucks and vans to pick up shipments.

Families were then contacted by their district or school on how to receive the test kits, which are intended to help keep California’s kids safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. 

Districts and charter schools receiving at-home test kits this week are:

  • Coronado Unified
  • Audeo Charter
  • Cajon Valley Union School District
  • Charter School of San Diego
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Darnall Charter
  • Empower Language Academy
  • Escondido Union School District
  • Fallbrook Union School District
  • Grossmont Secondary Charter
  • Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary School District
  • Juvenile Court and Community Schools
  • King-Chavez (5 charter schools)
  • National Elementary School District
  • Poway Unified School District
  • River Valley Charter School
  • San Dieguito Union High School District
  • San Ysidro School District
  • Sage Oak Charter
  • Solana Beach School District
  • Steele Canyon High
  • Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Sweetwater Secondary School
  • The Heights Charter
  • The Learning Choice Academy
  • Vista Unified
  • Warner Unified School District

An additional 14 districts and charters received test kits directly from the state prior to winter break:

  • Alpine Union School District
  • Albert Einstein Academy Charter Elementary 
  • Bonsall Unified School District 
  • Encinitas Union School District 
  • Hawking STEAM Charter 
  • High Tech High charter schools 
  • Howard Gardner Community School 
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District 
  • Rancho Santa Fe School District 
  • San Diego Unified School District 
  • San Pasqual Union School District 
  • School for Entrepreneurship and Technology 
  • Vallecitos School District 
  • Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

The California Department of Public Health has not provided any indication of when to expect the remainder of our county's allocation, except to say they "are working very hard to allocate equitably and quickly within the time and information constraints."

SDCOE will notify district and charter school leaders when additional test kits are received.