COVID-19 Testing for Students

COVID-19 Testing for Fall 2022

Central office locations are now open for with Color molecular test kits and drop off for SFUSD students and staff:

  • 555 Franklin St. 
  • 834 Toland St.

Beginning Monday, August 8, molecular take-home test kits will be available at all SFUSD schools and central sites for SFUSD students and staff.

Samples must be dropped off before 12 p.m.  Pick-ups vary between 12-4 p.m. Please see sticker on bin to see if samples have been picked up for the day.  

For city testing options, please visit

Testing Options at SFUSD

Testing is a very important part of keeping our schools safe by caring for ourselves and others and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Participating in testing for COVID-19 helps us to support students and school staff to know when to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. Getting tested for COVID-19 when your child is identified as a close contact may allow them to return to school sooner if they test negative. 

There are multiple ways that SFUSD is providing COVID-19 testing to students, staff, and families. 

Test Type Test Results Registration How to Get Tested
Molecular test* via Color
  • Available in 1-4 days
  • Results will be sent to the email address and phone number used to register

Register for a Color account

Contact Color at 844-352-6567 for help

  • Steps and instructions for using the take-home/self-swab kit
  • Pick up instructions: Students and families can pick up self-swab kits at any school site, any mobile testing site, or any central office drop-off location
  • Drop off instructions: Samples are collected daily at each SFUSD sponsored summer school sites, or centrally at 555 Franklin or 834 Toland Ave. 
Rapid antigen test
  • View the test's instructions

We distribute test kits as we receive them from the California Department of Public Health

* Color's lab uses RT-LAMP technology. LAMP, just like PCR, is a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Color uses LAMP technology because of supply chain robustness and scalability. 

Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms before school should not come onto school campus. 

Testing is not mandatory. All students will be able to come to school if a family chooses not to have them participate in COVID-19 testing.

Check out our frequently asked questions about monitoring and testing for COVID-19.

Non-SFUSD Testing Options

Free and low-cost testing options:

  • Get free rapid antigen tests for your household from
  • Find free or low-cost testing at pharmacies and community-based sites.
  • Get free tests at San Francisco-run sites. If you have health insurance, the City will bill your insurance.
  • If you have health insurance, your insurance must cover 8 home tests per person each month. Check your insurance company’s website to see how to get tests by pick up or reimbursement. 
  • If you are unable to access COVID-19 rapid antigen tests from the sources above, SFUSD will have a limited supply of over-the-counter (OTC) rapid antigen tests kits available for pick up in the 555 Franklin Street parking lot off of McAllister on August 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. One test kit per SFUSD student.

For more information about COVID-19 testing, or to find a testing site near you, visit or call SFDPH’s COVID Resource Center at 628-652-2700.

After Getting Test Results

If you or your student has COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and do not go to school until you receive a negative test result. Symptoms include: fever greater than 100.4° F, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, new loss of smell or taste, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, or fatigue. Find COVID-19 testing options for symptomatic students.

If the test is positive:

  • Report positive cases to 415-660-9850 or email 
  • Stay home and isolate for at least 5 days
  • Students can return if they test negative after 6 days since symptoms first appeared or 10 days without a negative test since symptoms first appeared

Learn more about isolation and quarantine guidelines.

This page was last updated on August 4, 2022