COVID-19 Take-Home Self-Swab Molecular Test Kits

Student Self-Swab Kits

Get an overview of the different types of COVID-19 tests we offer.

Take-home self-swab molecular test kits from Color are available at school sites for SFUSD students who are: 

  • Identified as a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms while at school

Students and families can pick up self-swab kits at any school site, any mobile testing site, or any central office drop-off location.

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. 


  • Available in 1-4 days
  • Will be sent to the email address and phone number used to register

Registering, Activating, and Using the Kit

Students that are between the age of:



Beginning Friday, June 3rd, PCR unmonitored testing will be available only at SFUSD summer programs and two central drop off locations (555 Franklin and 834 Toland). Testing is available to students and staff that are in SFUSD summer programs.  


  1. Set up a Color account. Watch video instructions for students ages 2-13 and students age 14 and up.
    1. Get the student's SFUSD Student Number by asking your school site/office or finding it on ParentVUE.
    2. Register with Color (you only need to do this once) using the Student Number.
    3. If you have trouble creating your account, call Color for support at 844-352-6567. If you don't receive the first-time confirmation email, double check the email address to make sure it is correct and check your junk or spam folder.
    4. If the Student Number does not work, call the Student Family Resource Link for support in adding the student to a Color account file. You will need to give them the student number, your email address (if student is a dependent), and the school they attend
  2. Collect a sample based on the following timeline. Self-swab kits are for students to use at home. SFUSD staff are not authorized to collect student samples. Watch video instructions for students ages 2-13 and students age 14 and up.
    • Symptomatic students can use the test kit immediately
    • Close contacts
      • Vaccinated students: test on day 5-7 (updated as of Nov. 10, 2021)
      • Unvaccinated students: quarantine and test on day 5
  3. Use the Color test kit. All instructions and materials are included within the kit. Translated instructions are also available. 
  4. Drop off the kit at:
    • Any SFUSD Summer school site before 10 a.m. 
    • 555 Franklin (8-4:30 pm)
    • 834 Toland (8-4:30 pm)

Additional Resources

Dropping Off Your Sample

You can drop your sample off at:

  • Any SFUSD Summer school site before 10 a.m
    • SFUSD Summer Programs: SFUSD Extended School Year (ESY), SFUSD Early Ed Programs & Out of School Time (OST), Pathway to Teaching, Step Up MS programs that opted into the Color testing program and Spring Board programs.
  • 555 Franklin (8-4:30 pm)
  • 834 Toland (8-4:30 pm)

Samples must be dropped off at an SFUSD Color testing collection site. Samples dropped off at a non-SFUSD Color site will not be processed.

This page was last updated on May 26, 2022