COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff


Students, staff and household members must register for testing using the link below: 

Registration Link

COVID-19 Testing Options

Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) is pleased to offer free COVID-19 screening testing for all students and staff at:

SCUSD Regional Testing Centers

Serna Center
  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (shortened hours due to COVID-19 vaccine clinic)
  • SCUSD Employee only: surveillance testing available Monday – Friday from 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Albert Einstein Middle School
  • Monday – Friday: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Please note we have started the testing clinic time at Albert Einstein MS to ensure our students and families may leave for dismissal without being impacted by testing center lines. We want to ensure the health and safety of our AEMS students and families, while also providing this community benefit.

School Site Care Rooms (during school hours)

COVID-19 testing through the Care Room will remain available on a daily basis. 

Health Aides are staffed at all school campuses during school hours to provide immediate COVID-19 testing for individuals who become symptomatic or learn of an exposure while at school/work, or need/want testing for any other reason. Testing is also available at main district locations for employees working in those areas.

School Site Surveillance Testing 

SCUSD is building our surveillance testing readiness, expanding testing to new school sites every week. Students and families only need to register one time per school year. Students not yet fully vaccinated will be provided direct assistance to register for testing.  As we make this transition, SCUSD continues to offer testing to those who are registered and consented for COVID testing.

Surveillance Testing Cadence: Regular and routine testing cadence is based on public health guidance and current case rates.  Given current case rate conditions, testing will be required on a weekly basis.  Schools will be assigned a regular week day for testing.

Testing Type:  Rapid antigen tests will be the primary type used for surveillance testing.  This type of test provides results within 30 minutes, which allows our schools to quickly identify positive cases of COVID-19 on campus and respond accordingly.  If rapid antigen testing supplies are limited, teams may pivot to using PCR tests.  

Testing Schedule: Surveillance testing teams will be rotating to school sites on specific days to conduct surveillance testing.  Please note: large comprehensive high schools and middle schools will be scheduled in January.  

Find your school site testing day below:

Monday: Albert Einstein MS, David Lubin Elem, Elder Creek Elem, Edward Kemble Elem, Genevieve Didion K-8, James Marshall Elem, John Bidwell Elem, John Cabrillo Elem, Kit Carson International Academy, Leonardo da Vinci K-8, Nicholas Elem, Sutterville Elem, Sutter MS (Jan 10)

Tuesday: Alice Birney K-8, Camellia Basic Elem, Ethel Phillips Elem, Father Keith B, George Washington Carver HS, John Sloat Elem, John Still K-8, Oak Ridge Elem, Pony Express Elem, School of Engineering and Sciences, Susan B Anthony Elem, Tahoe Elem, West Campus HS

Wednesday: AM Winn K-8, Abraham Lincoln Elem, Bret Harte Elem, Caleb Greenwood Elem, Caroline Wenzel Elem, Earl Warren Elem, Ethel I. Baker Elem, Golden Empire Elem, Hollywood Park Elem, John Morse Therapeutic School, Leataata Floyd Elem, Martin Luther King Jr K-8, Matsuyama Elem, New Joseph Bonnheim Elem, Parkway Elem, William Land Elem, Woodbine Elem

Thursday: American Legion HS, Cal MS, Fern Bacon MS, Charles A Jones Skills Center, Golden Empire Elem, Health Professions HS, Sam Brannan MS, Theodore Judah Elem, Will C Wood MS, 

Friday: Bowling Green Chacon Elem, Bowling Green McCoy Elem, Cesar Chavez Elem, Crocker Riverside Elem, H.W. Harkness Elem, Hubert Bancroft Elem, Isador Cohen Elem, Mark Twain Elem, O.W. Erlewine Elem, Pacific Elem, Peter Burnett Elem, Phoebe Hearst Elem, Rosa Parks K-8, Sequoia Elem, The MET HS

Sacramento County Testing Locations

Sacramento County also offers free COVID-19 testing. See their website for a list of locations

Report At-Home COVID-19 Tests through Primary Health 

SCUSD will now accept any At-Home COVID Test result if the test results are submitted with a picture to Primary Health.

This option is especially helpful when an individual is testing for an end to isolation, quarantine, or was experiencing symptoms.  

At-Home Test Reporting Directions
  1. Go to 
  2. Click “Registered already with Primary? Click here to find your link to enter your COVID-19 test results.”
  3. Enter your phone number or email you used when you registered for testing. A code will be sent to you with a link to the page where you enter your At-Home COVID Test results.

If not yet registered for COVID Testing, you will need to register here first:

Transitioning to the Jan 31st Vaccine or Testing Deadline

Starting on January 31st – students not yet fully vaccinated will be tested on a regular and routine basis.  This includes the following:

  • students ages 5-11 not yet fully vaccinated
  • students ages 12+ with an exemption or not yet fully vaccinated.  

Students in these categories must consent to testing, or provide testing results from an external testing provider on a regular and routine basis.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated will still be able to participate in testing if they want to. Some activities require individuals to participate in weekly testing, regardless of vaccination status (i.e. band, athletics, etc).  

COVID-19 Testing Information

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 Tests are processed in a lab and provide results within 24-48 hours.
  • Rapid antigen tests/BinaxNOW results are processed on site and provide results within 15-30 minutes.

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. 

District testing is provided with the support of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH provides test kits, test registration software, test processing, and technical assistance supporting this effort. PCR test samples are processed at the Valencia Branch Laboratory, a CLIA certified lab.

Instructions for Registering for PCR or Rapid Antigen Testing

Staff, students and household members can register for PCR or Rapid Antigen testing using the link below. You only need to register one time per year. When you arrive at the test site, staff will confirm registration on the Primary application.

Registration Link

Download COVID-19 Testing Registration Flyer with QR Codes

Parent & Minor Consent

  • Consent for routine COVID-19 testing is provided when you register your student for testing.
  • Parent/guardian consent is required for students under 13 years old.  
  • Students 13 years and older may register themselves and provide consent for testing.
    • Cal. Fam. Code § 6920 et seq and Cal. Fam. Code §  6920(a) (“A minor who is 12 years of age or older and who may have come into contact with an infectious, contagious, or communicable disease may consent to medical care related to the diagnosis or treatment of the disease, if the disease or condition is one that is required by law or regulation adopted pursuant to law to be reported to the local health officer, or is a related sexually transmitted disease, as may be determined by the State Public Health Officer.”).
    • CDPH Valencia Branch Laboratory PLAYBOOK to Stand Up School-Based Collection Sites at page 20 (“: Children who are 13 and older can provide consent and administer the tests themselves.”).

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.


If you need help accessing your test results please contact Primary Support at 650-275-5419.

Please reach out the Health Aide at your site with any other questions or to Health Services at (916) 643-9412.