Santa Cruz COE COVID-19 Testing For School Community


Questions about Testing? Go to our FAQs.

5 Testing Locations are available for All Students, Staff, and Families

Testing is Available in Aptos, Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz and Watsonville

    • Cabrillo College (Park & Walk Up) - Cabrillo, Parking Lot K, Aptos

        • Monday - Friday: 9am – 5 pm

        • Saturdays: 9 am – 3 pm

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

        • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 1pm – 5 pm

    • Santa Cruz County of Education Drive-Thru - 399 Encinal St, Santa Cruz

        • Monday - Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

        • Saturdays: 9 am – 3 pm

    • Pajaro Valley Unified School District Drive-Thru - 294 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville

        • Monday - Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

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

        • Monday - Friday: 9 am to 5 pm

        • Saturdays: 9 am – 3 pm

All sites will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Summer hours coming soon! (effective June 6, 2022)

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 conduct school-based testing using the PCR test. This testing is optional for students. Students who participate will be eligible for Modified Quarantine if they are exposed to a positive case at school. This will allow them to stay in school during the quarantine period.

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. In the weeks ahead, we are working to expand on-site testing to the overwhelming majority of public, private and charter schools countywide. Please contact your school principal to sign up. We have created a frequently asked questions (FAQ) to provide more clarity about the program.

  • Drive-through PCR testing: 3 outdoor drive-through PCR testing sites are now open to the entire school community. These sites are available for symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, and most test results are returned within 24-hours — comparatively, faster than most alternatives. Students and their families, and staff and their families are welcome to utilize this free service. Those needing a test simply need to fill out the registration one time at and go to any site. No appointment is required. Locations/times:

      • 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

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

      • Park & Walk UP Testing Locations:

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

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

  • Rapid-response antigen testing: Hundreds of school staff from across the county have been trained to administer rapid-response antigen testing to provide an additional layer of surveillance in cases of on-campus exposure.

  • Directions for using Home Antigen Tests can be found here

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 are open. For questions regarding Covid-19 testing, 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 (424) 220-3952. Or email at