CASTRO VALLEY, CA – With many students returning until next week, the state of California is stepping up efforts to get them tested for COVID in order to safely attend in-person classes.
Public Schools Superintendent Tony Thurmond was in Castro Valley on Friday morning distributing free home-based COVID-19 antigen rapid test kits to families. The driving event took place at Canyon Middle School where Thurmond held a press conference.
“As the winter break draws to a close and cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the California Department of Education (CDE) is doing everything possible to keep our schools safe,” Thurmond said. “To this end, we urge everyone who is eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. Additionally, the CDE is joining with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to increase access to COVID-19 testing for our students as they return to school. “
Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that 6 million home COVID tests will be distributed to public and charter students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. Alameda County distributes nearly 150,000 free home test kits to its students.
San Leandro Unified School District distribute COVID tests to homes provided by the state “upon arrival,” they said in a statement. The plan is to start the process on Monday. Additionally, all of the district’s COVID testing sites will be open next week. School officials are advising students and staff who tested positive for COVID on or after December 24, or who are showing symptoms, not to attend school on January 3.