Monitoring and Testing for COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

COVID-19 Health Screenings

Updated August 16, 2022

Do we have to complete a daily screening form before coming to school every day?

No documentation is required. However, all school staff and students are reminded to self-screen for COVID-19 before coming to school everyday, stay home when sick, and wash or sanitize hands frequently. 

At-Home Antigen Test Kits

Updated August 16, 2022

Learn about the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) at-home testing program.

What is the CDPH at-home testing program?

The CDPH program increases access to no-cost, at-home COVID-19 antigen tests. SFUSD distributes tests provided through the CDPH testing program as we receive them.

When should I get tested?

COVID-19 testing is not required. SFDPH recommends usage of the distributed at-home tests when:

  • Exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
    • If your student gets sick with symptoms (like cough or fever), stay home and use your tests to see if it is COVID-19
  • Returning to school from isolation on or after 5 days
  • Returning to school after holidays, even if you are not symptomatic
  • Exposed to someone with COVID-19

Do I need to report my test results?

Although it is highly encouraged, you are not required to report your results. You can report results by calling the COVID Support Line at 415-660-9850 or emailing If your student is very sick: call 911, visit an emergency room, or call your doctor.

What should I do with my test results?

Depending on your test results, you might need to take action. 

If your test is negative

  • If you feel well and have no COVID-19 symptoms, return to school.
  • If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, please call your school before you return – even if the test is negative. More testing may be needed.

If your test is positive

  • Stay home and isolate for at least 5 days. You can return to school on the sixth day if you have a negative test result after day five. 
  • Report your results: Call 415-660-9850 or email to report a positive test result. 

If your test results are unclear

  • Retest at school or at a local testing site. Visit for more information, including COVID-19 testing locations and schedule.

What other testing resources will be made available via SFUSD?

SFUSD will continue to offer Color self-swab test kits at every school site during the fall semester. The Color test results will be returned within 24 to 48 hours (estimate based on current rates of testing). We will transition to providing over-the-counter rapid antigen tests as we receive them from the California Department of Public Health.

If students or staff become symptomatic while on campus, or are identified as close contacts, all school sites have unmonitored self-swab Color kits that can be used and dropped off on the same day. 

For those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come into school

Non-SFUSD Testing Options

Free and low-cost testing options:

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.

Color Molecular Test Kits

Updated August 16, 2022

How should I register my student for testing?

Learn how to register for at-home self-swab kits.

What happens if there is an error in activating a Color kit?

Parents/families will need to set up their own account first, then add their child as a "dependent." To add a dependent, you will need their student number.  Please check with your school to get the right student number (in Synergy and ParentVUE as "student no").  

If there is still an error: 

  • Call Color support at (844) 352-6567 (Daily 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT) 
  • Email and send them the student name, student number, parent email, and a screenshot of the error message.  

Where can my student get tested?

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

Do parents/guardians have to be present while their student is tested?

At-home self-swab tests

Student Age Account Creation Kit Activation Sample Collection
2-13 years Parent/guardian must create account Parent/guardian must activate kit Must be collected with adult assistance
14-18 years Students can create their own account Students can activate kits on their own Must be collected under adult supervision
Over 18 years Students can create their own account Students can activate kits on their own No adult supervision necessary

How long should it take to receive results? How will results be communicated to the district?

Test results should typically be available within 1-3 days, and will be communicated via text message and the student’s email (for high school students only). Parents/guardians should list their personal phone number when registering in order to have test results sent to them.

If the number of tests submitted increases dramatically, getting test results may take a few days longer.

Testing Positive, or When Someone Gets Sick

View our When Someone Gets Sick FAQs to learn about quarantine, close contacts, and what to do if a student is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19.

Testing Policies

Updated August 16, 2022

Do schools accept a negative COVID‑19 test done at home?

Yes, SFUSD accepts rapid antigen and PCR or other molecular tests, including over-the-counter home tests.

Is testing mandatory for students?

No. All students will be able to access in-person learning even if a family chooses not to have them participate in the COVID-19 testing. 

Who has access to testing results for SFUSD students?

Test results are shared with the student who was tested (or parents/guardians for students under 13 years old), the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the District’s authorizing nurse practitioner, and the District’s central administrator/liaison for the testing program.  

The site administrator at the school where the student attends will also be made aware of any student or staff who tests positive so they can take the necessary response steps.

What if my child has symptoms? Should I go to school to get tested?

If you or your student has COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and do not go to school. 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, fatigue, runny nose, congestion. View our When Someone Gets Sick FAQs to learn what to do if a student is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19.

This page was last updated on August 17, 2022