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COVID Testing

Path to Returning to In-Person Learning

Dear San Rafael City Schools Elementary School Community,

Thank you for your partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  After schools closed on March 13th, I watched our community work together and adapt to our new normal – face coverings, physical distancing, limited social activity, and virtual school.  I am grateful for our partnership with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) and San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) for their commitment to creating safer school environments.

Safely reopening schools relies on two primary factors-- high standards for preventing transmission within schools, and low prevalence of COVID-19 within the community. In the California Blueprint for safe reopening, Marin’s position in Tier 2 allows for all Marin schools to reopen to classroom-based learning, based on countywide case rates. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed longstanding social and health disparities among vulnerable populations, and there are important differences in case rates between Marin communities. SRCS serves communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Marin County is seeing a positive downward trend in COVID-19 cases. To support the reopening of elementary schools (TK – 5) for in-person instruction, Marin County Public Health is partnering with SRCS and local healthcare providers for baseline testing for students. This will provide school leadership valuable and timely data to guide their reopening decisions, and will help focus public health strategies to further prevent transmission. 

Please see the important information and opportunities for free testing below. 

Sincerely, 

Matt Willis, MD, MPH

Free COVID Testing for SRCS TK-5 Community

San Rafael City Schools is working with Marin Health and Human Services and local healthcare providers to offer free COVID testing for TK-5 students, families, teachers and staff. Our goal is to test a large, representative sample of our SRCS elementary school community so we can better understand our local data to guide our decisions regarding timing for in-person learning.

We ask that you please consider voluntarily getting your child tested for COVID-19 by Thursday, Oct. 15. Below are many free, confidential options that are available to you and your family. Safety protocols will be followed at each testing site; please wear a face covering.

TESTING OPTIONS
Updated Oct. 7

DROP-IN TESTING AT SCHOOLS: 
On-site SRCS walk-up testing open to all SRCS elementary students and families with no advanced registration. 

  • Walk-up, not drive-through sites. No advance registration necessary. First come, first served.  
  • Testing to take place at four SRCS schools. Each testing site is open and available to all SRCS elementary school students, family members, teachers and staff.
    • Friday, Oct. 9 – Bahia Vista Elementary School (12 - 4 pm)
    • Monday, Oct. 12 – Laurel Dell Elementary School (12 - 4 pm)
    • Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Coleman Elementary School (12 - 4 pm)
    • Wednesday, Oct. 14 – San Pedro Elementary School (12 - 4 pm)
  • A parent consent form needs to be completed for each child. A completed form can be submitted to the school in advance, or a parent can accompany a child to the school to complete the form prior to the test. 

NEW! KAISER PERMANENTE: 
Drive-through testing open to Kaiser member children with advanced online registration.

  • Parents of Kaiser Permanente children, please follow the appointment guide attached here to make an appointment to be tested at the Kaiser Covid test drive-through. The guide provides step-by-step instructions to book an appointment online via your KP.org account. 
  • Drive-through location is adjacent to the Pediatrics Department at the San Rafael Medical Center, 99 Montecillo Rd.

MARIN COMMUNITY CLINICS DROP-IN TESTING
Walk-up testing open to all SRCS elementary students and families with no advanced registration. 

  • No insurance necessary, do not need to be a Marin Community Clinics client.
  • Walk-up, not drive-through sites. No advance registration necessary. First come, first served.  
  • Located at Marin Community Clinics, 3260 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael 
    • Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1 - 3 pm) 
    • Thursday, Oct. 8 (9 - 11 am)
    • Friday, Oct. 9 (1 - 3 pm)
    • Saturday, Oct. 10 (Extended hours: 9 am - 2 pm)
    • Monday, Oct. 12 (1 - 3 pm) 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 13 (9 - 11 am)
    • Wednesday, Oct. 14 (1 - 3 pm) 
    • Thursday, Oct. 15 (9 - 11 am)

LHI- SITE TESTING: 
Open to all SRCS elementary students and families with recommended advanced registration.

  • Advance registration is necessary, but they do have some drop ins on a daily basis. 
  • Register at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • Located at 1177 E. Francisco Blvd.
    • Tuesday - Saturday (7 am - 7 pm) 

UPDATED! COLOR:
Parents can check the Color registration system for available drive-through appointments for children age 13 and younger. It is possible that there may be openings at any given moment, as cancellations sometimes occur.  

  • Available for children age 13 and under; may not be available for adults without referral 
  • Pre-register using instructions below: 
    • Visit https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=marincounty
    • Click “Get Started”
    • Important: Under the "Get Started" button, parents will be asked to use a different scheduling form if they're scheduling a test for someone under 13 years old
    • Answer the survey for your child
    • The parent's contact information at the very bottom in addition to the patient's information. This is so we can send the patient's information to the parent instead of to the child. 
    • Available appointment slots will be displayed 
  • The drive-through testing will take place on your scheduled time at the Marin County Jury Duty Parking Lot, Civic Center Drive