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COVID Testing Update - January 11, 2022

Antigen or PCR Testing

COVID Testing

January 11, 2022
Dear Los Gatos Families,
The past seven days since we returned to school have been eventful. We have administered over 3,000 COVID tests to students and their families in the district office parking lot. This has been an “all hands on deck” effort and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate through the Omicron variant. It is our hope that the variant will peak soon, and cases will begin to decline.  
This past weekend, the CDPH updated guidance for schools, bringing our state guidelines more in sync with the CDC guidance. Please review the information in this communication, as it relates to important updates regarding testing and returning students to school.   
Thank you for all your support during these unique times. We appreciate and value our partnership. Families, please hang in there and we will get through this!  
Yours in education
LGUSD Administration



Antigen or PCR?

This is a popular question these days. This graphic helps demonstrate the difference between the two.  
Antigen or PCR Table

Symptomatic Individuals

When a student is symptomatic, the District continues to require one of the following tests to return to class:
  • A PCR test with negative result
  • A doctor-provided antigen test with negative result
  • A doctor’s note of clearance to come back to class

Positive COVID Test Results

An antigen or a PCR test both continue to be accepted to confirm a positive COVID result.  
  • A positive is a positive. After a positive result, there is no need for a confirmatory test. 
  • When a student receives a positive result, they must isolate for at least 5 days.  

Positive Antigen Test on Day 5

What if a student tests positive on day 5? The District will offer repeated testing on day 7 and day 9 in order to return to school. Parents may proctor at home tests any day after day 5, but MUST submit their results and attestation form to .


Positive And Opt Not to Do Further Testing

If families opt not to test and complete the 10-day isolation period, there is NO test required for return. Antigen tests are only required to exit isolation before day 10.

Close Contacts

A student may use an at-home antigen test to return to school after a close contact exposure for which a student has been directed to quarantine. Please note that not all close contacts require quarantine. For students allowed to continue attendance under modified quarantine, we will use PCR testing on Day 5.  

Photo of Antigen TestPositive and Asymptomatic or Symptoms Resolving

If a COVID positive student is asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving, they can take an antigen test on day 5 to exit isolation and return to school.
If the test is negative (NO line, not even a faint one), they can return to school on day 6. 

Home Testing

In order to use an at-home test:
  1. A parent/guardian MUST submit the attestation form and 
  2. a picture of the negative test (with the students initials and date written on the test) 
  3. The attestation and picture of the test MUST be submitted to

Home Test Timing

  • The home test must be received by 7:30 am on the morning of day 6 (or subsequent days) to be considered for return to school that day.  
  • A test cannot be administered before day 5.  
  • The Health team will review the messages submitted to and reply to the family as well as update the school for return status.

Testing Schedule (antigen only)

The District will continue to offer free antigen testing for students each school day. If day 5 is a Monday-Friday, testing is available from 2:30 - 4:00 pm. If day 5 is over the weekend, return to school antigen testing is offered on Monday mornings from 7:30 - 8:00 am. The district student antigen tests are only for students who have tested positive and are clearing isolation.  
For all close contact testing, students will continue to complete PCR testing.  


If you have follow-up questions, please reach out to district nurse Sheila McConville at or Asst. Superintendent Sarah Tellez at

LGUSD Family Testing Ends Friday

LGUSD has extended Open Testing
January 3 - January 14, 2022 
Monday - Friday
3:00 pm -5:00 pm

Family Testing will end Friday, January 14, 2022

Visit the COVID Information page for details.

COVID Vaccine Clinic January 17, 2022

Make Your Appointment Today COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
LGUSD is partnering with Safeway to offer a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible individuals including boosters for those eligible.  
Available vaccines:
Pfizer Pediatric dose for age 5-11
Pfizer Vaccine for(1st dose*, 2nd dose and booster)
Pending CDC approval, boosters for 12-15 year olds 
*Those receiving a first dose will be referred to a local
provider to schedule a second dose.
January 17, 2022 
10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
RJ Fisher Middle School
19195 Fisher Avenue
A parent/guardian is required to attend with their child.

Registration is Required 

Click Here to Register for the Jan. 17th COVID Vaccination Clinic

Have questions about eligibility or about the vaccine? Visit Santa Clara County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information.