The Antioch Unified School District announced Monday that students would not need a COVID-test prior to returning from the winter break. However, the District announced it has made home testing kits available.
The following auto-dialer phone message is being sent to all students and staff shortly:
“Happy New Year! This is Stephanie Anello, Superintendent of the Antioch Unified School District. I hope this message finds you well. Over the holidays, you may have received a text from Primary Health about reporting your COVID testing results prior to returning to school. Please note that testing is not required prior to returning to school. However, we understand that most retailers are out of at-home testing kits due to the Omicron variant surge.
In order to assist staff and students, we will be providing home testing kits on a first-come-first-served basis tomorrow at Deer Valley High School and Antioch High School from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
The distribution will be a drive-thru format and we ask that all students and staff who choose to pick-up a test remain in the car. If you will be arriving on foot, we ask that you wear a mask and socially distance at the location provided for pick-up.
For those who would like an at-home test kit but are unable to pick-up Tuesday, school offices will have some on hand Wednesday and Thursday for pick-up during regular office hours. Test kits will also be available at the District Office located at 510 G. Street.
Additionally, we will resume our in-person testing centers beginning Thursday at Deer Valley High School from 3:00 – 7:00pm. After Thursday, we will resume the following schedule:
Antioch High School (Beede Auditorium), Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Deer Valley High School (library classroom, Tuesday/Thursday, 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
Thank you again for your support as we continue to navigate this evolving situation. School offices will re-open Wednesday, January 5th. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school should you have any questions, etc. Have a great rest of your day.”
Anello clarified Tuesday morning, that if staff or students show symptoms, they would be tested on site.
“To ensure everyone continued safety, we ask that anyone with symptoms or possible exposure please test and follow state health guidelines,” said Anello with the caveat there is an “opt out” form available. Students would then be isolated until picked up by a parent or guardian.
The Los Angeles Unified School District announced it will be requiring students and staff to get tested for coronavirus before returning to school after winter break next week. However, many school districts throughout the state, including Mt. Diablo Unified, San Ramon Valley Unified, West Contra Costa Unified are offering at-home test or opening testing sites ahead of school returns.
As of Monday, Contra Costa Health Services showed COVID cases countywide at an average new cases per day at 1,086 with 91 people hospitalized—20 in the ICU. The vaccine progress shows the county at 78.3%.
Locally, in the last 14 days, here is a rundown of cases:
- Antioch – 360
- Bay Point – 76
- Brentwood – 281
- Concord – 387
- Danville – 352
- Discovery Bay – 58
- Oakley – 170
- Pittsburg – 201
- Walnut Creek – 349
Cities with over 80% vaccination include:
Alamo (89.9), San Ramon (88.6), San Pablo (88), Danville (86.6), Moraga (84.5), Walnut Creek (83.8), Hercules (82.2), Martinez (81.5), Pinole (81.2).
In East County, the numbers of vaccinated:
- Antioch – 69.5%
- Bay Point – 78.0
- Bethel Island – 61.1%
- Brentwood – 74.7%
Byron – 71.2%
- Discovery Bay – 60.6%
- Oakley – 68.2%
- Pittsburg – 69.6%