AUSD COVID-19 Testing

 
Testing kits and testing center

 

  

Dear Arcadia Unified School District Students and Families,

We are pleased to share that we continue to offer COVID-19 testing to AUSD students and staff. Based on updates from our County and State Public Health Partners, as well as feedback from our students, staff, and stakeholders, we have shifted to a new test distribution model.
 
Rapid Antigen Testing: Based on feedback from our State and County Public Health Partners, Rapid Antigen tests are now the preferred method of COVID-19 testing for TK-12 schools. Rapid Antigen tests allow for both at-home and onsite testing. They allow for quicker return-to-school timelines for students and staff, assist with test-to-stay strategies, and can help to clear individuals to return to school after a COVID-19 infection. Because of this, PCR testing is no longer available as an option through AUSD and all testing offered will be through Rapid Antigen tests.
 
Testing Availability: Currently, up to one Rapid Antigen test may be requested each week for AUSD students and staff. Tests may be picked up from the AUSD COVID-19 Testing Kiosk in the lobby of the Arcadia Education Center:
 
150 S. 3rd Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006
7:30 - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
(When school is in session.)
 
In order to pick up the test, please have a student or staff ID number ready along with the birthdate of the person who will be using the test. The COVID-19 Testing Kiosk is an automated system and has taken the place of last year’s in-person test center. Please note, the availability of elective non-required weekly testing may be contingent upon funding and supplies from County and State Public Health Partners.
 
If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact in a COVID-19 exposure, a follow-up email may include additional testing options.
 
Rapid tests may also be available as noted at the end of this page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]

 

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Expiration Extension

The California Department of Public Health has extended the shelf life of certain COVID-19 rapid antigen tests past their printed expiration dates. This includes iHealth and Flowflex rapid antigen tests which may now be used past the expiration date found on the box so long as the test's control line appears correctly after taking the test based on testing instructions. Additional information can be found in the following document provided on the CDPH website:

 

https://testing.covid19.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/332/2022/03/Temporary-Extension-At-Home-Test-Expirations.pdf

 

Additional Local Free Testing Available

In addition to the limited free testing, which is available for our students and staff, not for parents and families, L.A. County is also providing COVID-19 testing free of charge. Drive-through or walk-up testing sites are available and appointments are not always needed. Visit lacounty.gov/testing or call 2-1-1 to find a location and learn more. Many local pharmacies are also offering free testing. At-home collection kits and tests are available by prescription or over the counter in a pharmacy or retail store. Visit the CDC self-testing website to learn more.

 

Free Vaccinations

In addition to the free vaccination clinics held by Arcadia Unified, L.A. County continues to offer vaccines at many different sites across the county to make it as easy as possible for eligible L.A. County residents to get vaccinated. Anyone 12 and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free.

To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com. If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home visit if you are homebound. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says fully vaccinated people are four times less likely to get infected with COVID-19 and 14 times less likely to be hospitalized.