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East Contra Costa school districts announced this week they are distributing free at-home COVID tests to students on a first-come, first-served basis despite proof of a negative test not being needed for a return to campus.

REGIONAL East Contra Costa school districts announced this week they are distributing free at-home COVID tests to students on a first-come, first-served basis despite proof of a negative test not being needed for a return to campus.

“Over the holidays, you may have received a text from Primary Health about reporting your COVID testing results prior to returning to school,” Antioch Union School District Superintendent Stephanie Anello said in a message sent to families in the district. “Please note that testing is not required prior to returning to school.”

The at-home tests will be dispensed on a first-come, first-serve basis by all participating districts with one test kit per student. Any leftover tests will be available at the school offices. Although retailers are experiencing a shortage of test kits due to the outbreak of Omicron variant cases, the schools anticipate having enough supplies for all students, according to Superintendent Jeff Palmquist of Oakley Union Elementary School District. Despite this, all district leaders emphasized that supplies are limited.

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