As communicated in the September 9 message from the District, free COVID-19 test kits are now available at all IUSD school sites for students and staff as part of our commitment to provide easy access to testing in support of the health and safety of our school community. Test kits (saliva or nasal swab) are available at your student's school during regular hours. Those who need a test kit should take it home and follow the attached directions, which include one-time registration instructions. Return the collected saliva or nasal swab samples to the provided red containers. Samples are picked up daily (Monday-Friday) by 12:00 p.m. Samples turned in after 12 p.m. will be processed on the following business day. Generally, results will be emailed within 24 hours of collection.
Please take advantage of these kits or other testing options if your student has been in close contact with a COVID-19 case or as part of the requirement under state guidelines for participation in sports or other school activities. Test kits are also available for staff as part of the state guidelines for weekly surveillance testing or if they have had a close contact with a COVID-19 case. Staff will receive additional information regarding the weekly surveillance testing in a separate communication.
Please also continue daily home screenings with your student prior to coming to school. If your student is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, follow IUSD reporting instructions. Individuals who are positive for COVID-19 may not come to school. Students with a fever of 100.4 or higher or with COVID-19 symptoms including chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle or body aches, new loss of smell/taste, vomiting, nausea or diarrhea must stay home.
As a reminder, please see the following close contact exposure guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
- 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.