Students are finally getting their at-home COVID tests, but many parents aren't reporting the results

The state is ramping up distribution of at-home testing kits for students amid the COVID surge. That’s the good news. Now for the bad: few parents are informing school districts about the results.

Kern County school districts began distributing 195,000 rapid COVID testing kits to K-12 students last Thursday. And yet, the entire county has received results for just 80 at-home tests, according to reporting from

School districts are supposed to encourage parents to share the test results with the county health department, regardless of whether they are positive or negative. But the message doesn’t seem to be getting across.

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District told it has no systematic tracking of results, but it reports any positive cases to CDPH.

As of Tuesday, children made up 23% of positive cases in Kern.


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