Santa Cruz COE COVID-19 Testing For School Community


Questions about Testing? Go to our FAQs.

5 Testing Locations Are Available for FREE for All Students, Staff, Families and Community Members

Testing is Available six days a week in Aptos, Santa Cruz and Watsonville

    • Cabrillo College, Parking Lot R (Park & Walk Up)- 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003

        • Monday, Tues. Thurs. and Friday: 9 – 4 pm

        • Wednesday: 9- 5 pm

        • Saturdays: 9 – 2 pm

    • San Lorenzo Valley District Office (Park & Walk Up)- 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond, CA 95005

        • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 12 – 4 pm

    • Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Drive-Thru) - 399 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

        • Monday, Tues. Thurs. and Friday: 9– 4 pm

        • Wednesday: 9- 5 pm

        • Saturdays: 9– 2 pm

    • Pajaro Valley Unified School District (Park & Walk Up) - 294 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville CA, 95076

        • Monday, Tues. Thurs. and Friday: 9 – 4 pm

        • Wednesday: 9- 5 pm

    • Salud Para La Gente (Park & Walk Up), 204 E Beach St. Watsonville, CA 95076

        • Monday - Friday: 9- 4 pm

        • Saturdays: 9– 2 pm

Schools and Districts are working diligently, to keep students and staff safe and our classrooms open. Testing is one layer in a multi-layered approach to COVID-19 prevention, in addition to other key measures such as vaccination, mask-wearing, improved ventilation, physical distancing, and respiratory and hand hygiene. We are partnering with Inspire Diagnostics to administer school-based testing using the PCR and antigen test. This testing is optional for students.

For questions about your test results, please contact Inspire Diagnostics by voice or text Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM at (949) 539-6732 or email at

For questions regarding Covid-19 protocols in the K-12 school setting, please call Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM at (831) 466-5904 or email at

Here is the latest on the status of our major testing initiatives:

  • Weekly on-site PCR testing: Most schools in our county will be offering PCR testing on-site to all students who opt-in. In cases where students may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the testing is offered twice weekly. We have created a frequently asked questions (FAQ) to provide more clarity about the program.

  • Community PCR testing: outdoor drive-through PCR testing sites are now open to the entire community. These sites are available for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, and most test results are returned within 24-hours — comparatively, faster than most alternatives. Those needing a test simply need to fill out the registration one time at and this generates a QR code. You may go to any site. No appointment is necessary. If you misplace your QR code, the onsite technicians will be able to help you and you may still test.

      • Drive-Thru Locations:

          • Santa Cruz County Office of Education parking lot, 399 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

          • PVUSD District Office parking lot, 294 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville

      • Park & Walk Up Testing Locations:

          • Cabrillo College in Aptos, Parking Lot R, 6500 Soquel Ave., Aptos

          • San Lorenzo Valley District Office parking lot, 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond

          • Salud Para La Gente, 204 E Beach St. Watsonville

  • Rapid-response antigen testing: available at the 5 testing locations fro students and school staff.

The level of inter-district coordination involved in these initiatives is difficult to overstate, and we understand to be unusual in our state, even under the current circumstances. Inspire Diagnostics, our primary testing partner, has our gratitude for enabling this level of testing in our schools. And above all else, our persistent focus on increasing testing capacity across Santa Cruz County reflects our foundational commitment: ensuring our students are healthy, and our classrooms remain open. For questions regarding Covid-19 test results, please contact Inspire Diagnostics at (949) 539-6732.

Should you receive a bill or have a question about explanation of benefits, please contact: Inspire's Billing Department at (949) 539-6732. Or email at