State Expands COVID-19 Testing for Students

California will provide at-home Covid-19 testing kits to every public K-12 student, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Dec. 22.

“CDPH will expand [testing] efforts by providing 1-2 rapid tests for every student. CDPH will work with local education and health partners to distribute those test kits as quickly and efficiently as possible,” according to a press release

The government is expanding testing capabilities in light of the omicron variant, which began spreading rapidly just before the Christmas holiday.

“California’s determination to use every available tool to keep our children safe during this pandemic has allowed us to keep schools open and case rates low — a key to their physical and mental health as well as learning,” said Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, State Board of Education President. “Ensuring boosters and testing in the new year will continue this commitment to keeping our children’s welfare front and center.”


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