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    On a call with the county this morning we heard that there may be some free (for us) BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 tests available through the state. Have any of you heard anything about that?


    California Department of Public Health School Based Antigen Testing Program has been using the BinaxNow Antigen Testing with several K-12 schools in California to safely open schools and to examine the feasibility of antigen testing.

    We are hosting a summer meetings to discuss the project and testing experience. We will have representatives from several schools who are currently undergoing testing as well as those that are in different phases of the enrollment process.

    Dr. Carol Glaser and her team will also be available to answer any questions that you might have.

    Date: July 28, 2021 (Wednesday)

    Time: 2:00-3:00pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 839 8196 5488

    We invite any school representatives who are considering antigen testing on their site to join this call.

    If you want to send in any questions prior to the meeting, please do so. There will be a Q & A session on this call.

    We would really appreciate if you can send in your RSVP.

    Lea Moser
    Project Manager
    California K-12 School Antigen Testing Program


    Forwarding Information Sharing we received some time ago from CA DPH: >>> ” Hello COE & District Partners, Please join us for our weekly SCHOOL TESTING OFFICE HOURS at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Testing Task Force will share updates relating to the testing guidance for schools. We will also provide information on the screening testing options offered by the state including PCR testing, PCR pooled testing and Antigen testing. There will be dedicated time to answer any questions from our school partners. If you would like additional consultation, please email us at schooltesting@cdph.ca.gov (mailto:schooltesting@cdph.ca.gov) and someone from the State will be in touch with you.”<<<

    IMPORTANT for those School Districts in LOS ANGELES COUNTY, LONG BEACH AND PASADENA: If you haven’t heard this yet:
    We participated in the “CA office hours” above previously and were quickly told by the CA presenter that the State Task Force program and funding piece is NOT processed through CA for Districts in LOS ANGELES COUNTY, PASEDENA OR LONG BEACH which have a separate dedicated funding source and separate testing task force administrator. Our district’s Dedicated Rep in LOS ANGELES COUNTY for the ELC FUNDING is Dr. Janice Phelps at LACOE, phelps_janice@lacoe.edu who also provided a list of reputable Testing Vendors for LA County. I believe LACOE has several reps splitting coverage of their EIGHTY 80 School Districts, but Dr. Phelps can direct you to yours for school districts in LA County if you need help. * * *

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