COVID-19 Testing for SY 2022-2023

Central office locations are open for with Color molecular test kits and drop off for SFUSD students and staff until March 24, 2023:

  • 555 Franklin Street (Civic Center)
  • 834 Toland Street (Bayview)
  • 135 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center)
  • 750 25th Avenue (Richmond)
  • 3045 Santiago (Sunset)
  • 1515 Quintara (Sunset)
  • 20 Cook (Inner Richmond) 

Drop-off times for samples:

  • School sites: before 10 a.m. until March 17, 2023
  • Central office sites: Monday-Friday before 4:30 p.m. until March 24, 2023

Pick-up times vary. 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.  

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 (ends March 24, 2023)
  • 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 or any central office drop-off location
  • Drop off instructions: Drop off samples at school sites by 10 a.m. and at central office sites Monday-Friday by 4:30 p.m.
  • Last pick up dates:
    • March 17 at school sites
    • March 24 at central offices
Rapid antigen test
(Distributed at school site during scheduled times based on supply from California Department of Public Health) 
  • 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. 

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:

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 your student tests positive for COVID-19, we strongly recommend following California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines:

If the test is positive:

  • Stay home and isolate for at least 5 days
  • Wear a mask
  • Return if:
    • Symptoms are not severe, AND
    • They have spent at least 24 hours with no fever, without taking fever-reducing medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)

Learn more about isolation and quarantine guidelines.

This page was last updated on March 13, 2023