COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff


Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is pleased to offer free and voluntary COVID-19 screening testing for all students and staff at schools that are currently open for in-person learning.

SCUSD is utilizing two types of COVID tests.  Both tests are self-administered nasal swabs, which means individuals use a long soft cotton swab to gently circulate in each nostril. These tests are simple enough for children to do themselves with a person instructing and observing. 

  • PCR Testing is widely used and known as the most reliable test.  Results are provided within 24-48 hours.
  • Rapid antigen tests/BinaxNOW provides results within 15 minutes, however any positive test results must be confirmed with a PCR test. 

Instructions for Registering for PCR Testing

Staff or students can register for PCR testing using a unique link listed by location below. You only need to register one time. When you arrive at the test site, staff will confirm your registration on the Color application.

More information will be coming soon on how to register for the rapid antigen/BinaxNOW testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required to provide testing for students under 18 years old.  Consent is given one time when registering your student for the testing program.

See our COVID-19 Testing FAQ page for more information. 

Why We Test

  • The results of this test can help keep your school community healthy and safe.
  • The results of this test can help limit the spread of COVID-19 to your family and your community.

Self-Collection Resources

To collect the specimen, the individual will place a swab, similar to a cotton swab/Q-Tip, inside of the tip of the nose. 

Privacy and Security

Personal health information and test results are confidentially stored in the Color software application.  Your information and results will be shared with SCUSD Health Services, and with state and county agencies for public health contact tracing purposes. You may view COVID terms of serviceNotice of Privacy Practices, COVID HIPAA authorization, and COVID informed consent to learn more.


Please contact Color Support at 833-594-1825 or for questions or if you need help accessing my results.