This document aims to inform California's K-12 schools of anticipated changes to COVID-19 testing strategies for the 2022-2023 school year. It is intended to support current and ongoing planning processes.
Testing remains a key mitigation layer to detect and curb transmission of COVID-19 in school settings. To date, more than 78.3 million tests have been administered at schools, and nearly 32 million over-the-counter (OTC) tests have been distributed by state agencies to local school communities.
Because of the long turnaround time of PCR testing, we recommend PCR testing in the following situations:
There are some limited circumstances where PCR or other molecular tests may be appropriate in the school setting.