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COVID-19 Testing

SMUSD Covid Testing
COVID Response Testing for Students, Employees and Volunteers 
SMUSD provides rapid antigen over-the-counter test kits to all staff, students and volunteers for COVID testing for symptomatic testing, close contact exposures and screening. 
SMUSD COVID-19 Testing Plan
San Marino Unified School District provides COVID-19 response testing to all staff, students and volunteers. Tests are free, quick, easy, and your personal information will remain confidential.
Over-the-Counter Rapid-Antigen Response Testing
SMUSD will provide on-site over-the-counter rapid-antigen response testing to all staff, students and volunteers for anyone who develops symptoms during the school day. School health offices provide an over-the-counter rapid-antigen test for self-administered testing where results can be achieved in as little as 15 minutes. If the result is negative and the individual is not sick, the individual may return to school. If the result is negative and the individual feels sick, the individual should go home. If the result is positive, the individual will go home to isolate.
Frequently Asked Questions & Registration Guidance
Why are employees and students being tested?
All employees and students have the opportunity to participate in testing for a safe workplace and school. Testing provides a layer of protection for all employees and students and to reduce spread and transmission of COVID-19.
Will all students be tested?
Students are not required but recommended to test to reduce spread and transmission of the virus in the school community. 
Will I be able to choose the kind of COVID-19 test I receive?
Over-the-counter self-administered rapid antigen test kits will be used at this time. 
Who is conducting the testing?
Over-the-counter rapid antigen test kits are self-administered. Younger individuals may need assistance.  SMUSD health staff may provide guidance and direction on how to test. 
What is the testing process for employees and students?
OTC self-test kits are distributed through the School or District health office. Please contact the health office. 
Is Consent required for the COVID-19 test?
Rapid antigen tests are self-administered. 
What happens if an employee or student tests positive for the virus?

The SMUSD will take the following steps immediately upon notification if any member of the school community (faculty, staff, student or visitor) tests positive for, or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 

  1. Immediate separation of the case from the school community to self-isolation at home if notification occurs while the case is on-site. 
  2. Temporary on-site isolation of the case if arrangements are needed for the person’s return to their home. 
  3. Notify case to SMUSD COVID-19 Compliance Team Leader and Liaison to DPH.
    • Compliance Team Liaison notifies LADPH the same day and provides potentially exposed individuals within 24 hours.
  4. Verify that fact-sheets or other informational materials are given to the case (or appropriate family member/s if the case is a child) covering regulations governing self-isolation and links to sites with further information.


The SMUSD COVID-19 Compliance Team also references the K-12 Exposure Management Plan that is consistent with DPH guidance that includes procedures for:

  • Isolation of case(s);
  • Identification of persons exposed to cases at school;
  • Asymptomatic close contacts do not need to quarantine.
  • A plan to report a cluster of cases to the Department of Public Health via email at [email protected] or by calling (888) 397-3993 or (213) 240-7821.
  • Contingency plans for full or partial closure of in-person school operations if that should become necessary based on an outbreak in the school or community.
Will an employee or student need a doctor's clearance or a note after testing positive?
An employee or student will not require a doctor's note in order to return to work or school. 
I experienced close contact exposure. May I visit the health office for a test?
Close contact exposures for fully-vaccinated individuals do not require quarantine or testing unless symptoms are present. Close contact exposures to non-fully vaccinated individuals may require quarantine. Staff under quarantine should not be at school to reduce the risk of further transmission to other staff and students. Students under quarantine may qualify for a modified quarantine that permits continued in-person instruction and rapid antigen testing on-campus. Close contact exposed individuals who are not allowed to be on-campus may visit the LA County Testing website to schedule an appointment for a PCR test to confirm. Staff and students in quarantine may also test at the following locations:

No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:

For local testing information, visit the California health department's website.

Must students and staff test weekly?
Not necessarily. Students and fully vaccinated staff should test when symptoms are present. Per State mandate, unvaccinated school workers (faculty, staff, volunteers) are required to test weekly effective October 15, 2021.