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COVID-19 PCR Testing




Effective June 1st, PCR testing at the CFA will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM for CVUSD students, staff, and their immediate household members.

COVID-19 Testing is currently being offered at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts (CFA) which is located on the campus of Castro Valley High School at 19501 Redwood RD Castro Valley CA 94546.  Testing is currently scheduled for all school days, M-TH, 12:00PM-6:30PM / FRI, 12:00PM-6:15PM / CLOSED on Holidays.

Please remember to park in designated COVID testing parking spaces, only. 

About our partner, National Labs
National Labs is a Bay-area based CLIA & COLA certified reference laboratory specializing in COVID-19 and Toxicology testing. They have joined California's lab taskforce to provide necessary testing to local counties and companies. National Labs' goal is to help provide the safest school environment possible through the addition of a COVID-19 testing partnership. Trained medical staff will be available in multiple exclusive onsite collection centers throughout our district for convenience and fast results.  

Frequency of access to testing
Students can take a test once a week. Students, as a condition of competing in CVUSD-sponsored interscholastic athletic competition, may test up to twice a week. The testing frequency and schedule may change based on guidance from state and the county public health officials.


What can we expect at the testing site?

  • A friendly, safe, and pain-free experience! 
  • All community areas are sanitized between tests, and safe distancing will be in-place. 
  • All personnel will be wearing masks, and we ask that your child wears a mask until the test takes place.


What type of test is it?

  • Specimens are collected via a non-invasive nasal swab that enters about one inch into the nostril.
  • Specimens will then be run via the gold-standard RT-PCR method, which detects and identifies SARS-CoV-2 in patients.


Who is eligible for the test?

  • All CVUSD students and staff are eligible to take advantage of COVID-19 testing at our onsite collection centers.  Testing at the CFA is for ages 2 years and older.


How much time does it take? 

  • The test takes less than 5 minutes.


What do I need to bring?

  • The lab needs an initial Intake Form the first time you visit, as well as a Consent Form for students (non-student household members use the student intake and consent forms). You can download the forms from the list above.
  • This will only have to be provided once. 
  • You will be asked to provide your health insurance info on the form. 
  • There is no out-of-pocket expense.


Process for test results

  • You will receive your child’s test results via email 24-72 hours after the test. 
  • The email will come from [email protected] and the subject line reads "National Labs COVID-19 Test Result.
  • The email will say that the COVID-19 was “Detected,” “Not Detected,” or “Inconclusive.” 
  • CVUSD will have access to reports as needed to track COVID-19 cases and clusters


Who can I contact if I have questions?