COVID-19 Testing Resources

Do not come to school or work if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you are sick.

When to Get Tested for COVID-19

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, COVID-19 testing is recommended if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Do not have symptoms but have a known COVID-19 exposure or exposure concerns. (See the CDPH Guidelines section at the bottom of this webpage for more information about close contact exposures and testing for K-12 students and staff.)
  • Are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public.
  • Are returning from international travel. (Even if you are fully vaccinated, COVID-19 testing may be recommended. CDC travel guidelines can be found by clicking here.) 
COVID-19 Testing Options
  • Free COVID-19 Test Kits for IUSD Students and Staff – Free PCR home COVID-19 test kits (saliva or nasal swab) are available for pick-up at all IUSD school sites.  Contact your student's school for more information about picking up and dropping off test kits. Results are generally available within 24 hours.  Click here for more information.  Also, please see the following fliers with important information and directions:
  • Free at-home rapid antigen test kits for students who would like to test to end their isolation period after five days and return to school on day six.  Contact your student's school for more information about picking up test kits and for further protocols.  
  • Free at-home test kits from the U.S. Postal Service - Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests by clicking here.
  • Family Health Care Provider – Contact your family health care provider for a COVID-19 test. If you have health insurance and need help finding your health care provider, call the customer service number on your insurance card, or view websites of major health care providers in Orange County.
  • Free Self-Collection Test Kits – Home test kits (saliva or nasal swab) are available at no cost through the Orange County Health Care Agency and come with prepaid return shipping.  Click here for more information and to order your kits.  It usually takes 24-48 for kits to be mailed.  Tip: consider ordering kits in advance for your family, so they are available if needed. 
  • Community Testing Centers
  • City of Irvine Testing Centers (free)
  • Orange County COVID Clinic  (free and fee-based options)
  • FDA Approved Home Antigen Test – Available at local pharmacies (for use with asymptomatic close contacts only).

For more regarding COVID-19 testing, please visit the following webpages from the Orange County Health Care Agency:

IUSD Follows CDPH Guidelines for Positive Cases, Close Contacts and Testing

Positive COVID-19 Cases - Students who are positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must follow CDPH guidance for isolation and quarantine and may return to school only after 10 days have passed since symptom onset and 24 hours without a fever.  

Close Contact Exposure Guidance (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet):

  • Students who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to continue to attend school, as long as they remain asymptomatic, continue to wear a mask, and screen for symptoms daily.
  • Students who are wearing masks and are not vaccinated will be allowed to continue to attend school as long as they remain asymptomatic, undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day period, continue to wear a mask both indoors and outside, and screen for symptoms daily.
  • Students who are not wearing a mask and are unvaccinated are required to quarantine from school until after day 10 of last exposure without testing or after day 7 if a diagnostic specimen collected after day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negative. Students must be symptom free and mask indoors and outside until 14 days from the last exposure.
  • Fully vaccinated students, who are not positive for COVID-19 but have a household member who is, will be allowed to continue to attend school, as long as they remain asymptomatic, continue to wear a mask, and screen for symptoms daily.
  • Unvaccinated students must quarantine for 10 days as long as the infected member of the household can isolate. If the household member cannot isolate, then the unvaccinated student must stay home an additional 10 days (total of 20 days) after the end of the infected individual’s isolation period.