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
- 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).
IUSD will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing for staff, who have had close contacts as defined by Cal/OSHA and the CDPH, on our campuses. Students, who have had close contact exposure on our campuses, as defined by the CDPH, should take advantage of the resources above. If students experience difficulty obtaining a COVID-19 test, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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):
- Fully Vaccinated - 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.
- Masked and Unvaccinated - 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.
- Not Masked and Unvaccinated - 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 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.
- Vaccinated Students: Extracurricular Activities - Students in extracurricular activities who are vaccinated will be allowed to continue participating regardless of whether they are a close contact, if they remain asymptomatic.
- Unvaccinated Students: Extracurricular Activities - Students in extracurricular activities who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to continue participating if they are a close contact until after day 7 with a negative test, obtained after day 5 from last exposure, if it is feasible for the student to wear a mask until 14 days from the last exposure.
Positive COVID-19 Cases at Home – 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.