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AUSD COVID Testing Update
Posted 8/22/21

Good Afternoon AUSD Families:

Hope you are enjoying the weekend, and wanted to make sure you saw in Friday’s newsletter that our centralized COVID-19 testing site is changing this week to Alameda High School. The test site will be open 3 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, August 28. All testing will now be by walk-in, rather than by appointment.

We are starting at Alameda High because we have testing equipment set up there already. Next week it will be at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School; the following week it will be at Wood Middle School, then Lincoln Middle School. ASTI and Island students can access all sites at any time as well.

We decided last week to rotate our centralized test site between our secondary sites to give our middle and high school students easier access to testing. These sites will still be open to all students and families, but we especially wanted to make it easier for our unvaccinated secondary students.

In addition to this, we are initiating our monthly screening testing at elementary schools this week for all students, starting with Edison, then Love, and then Franklin. You will get notified by your principal in advance of these screening tests. All elementary schools will be included in a weekly rotation moving forward as well.

In the weeks where your student’s school is the host site, please note that we are urging, and frankly expecting all students at that school to test. We will be discussing making screening testing mandatory for unvaccinated students with our school board this week.

We understand the desire for a more frequent testing cadence, and while we are exploring all options and additional partnerships, this monthly screening reflects our making the very best of the internal and external bandwidth we have at our disposal at the moment.

Recall that we still need our current staffing to deploy quickly and with little notice to schools where positive cases are identified in specific classrooms or cohorts. 

Population level screening tests of students without symptoms or reason to suspect exposure, can, even at less frequent cadences or with random application, be effective in terms of preventing spread.

More information - including a full schedule of the testing sites over the next several weeks - is available on our Student and Staff Testing web page

Thank you again for being partners in this effort to keep our students and staff safe in our schools.

Pasquale Scuderi
Alameda Unified School District