Preparing For Your COVID-19 Test

Click the link below to view each step or scroll down to view them all.

  • Step 1 - Select a Testing Location

  • Step 2 - Register for Inspire Testing Lab

  • Step 3 - Arriving to the testing site

  • Step 4 - Wait for results via text/email

Step #1: Select a Testing Location

Appointments are not required. All locations are drive-thru testing. All locations are providing PCR tests.

THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE: School community vaccine clinics and COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Wednesday, November 24, through Saturday, November 27, in observance of Thanksgiving. The sites will reopen with regular hours on Monday, November 29.

Our Current Schedule and Locations for educators, students, and families:

  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education Annex (399 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz - See map below)

      • Monday-Friday 2pm-5pm

  • Cabrillo College Main Campus Parking Lot K (6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos - See map below)

      • Monday-Friday 2pm-5pm

      • Saturday 9am-2pm

  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District Office (294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville - See map below)

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm

Santa Cruz County Office of Education Annex

The testing site is at parking lot, entrance is right off of Encinal Street.

Cabrillo College Aptos Campus - Parking lot K

The testing site is at parking lot K, entrance is right off of Soquel Drive.

Pajaro Valley Unified School District Office Map

The testing site is in the back parking lot of the building, near Pacific Coast Charter School entrance.

Step #2: Register for Inspire Testing Lab

You will only need to register once. Each individual wanting to test will need to register.

Students and staff will need to select their school district and school site on the left side of the panel. All parents and families will use the family member registration.

After registering, you will be sent a QR code via email and text message. Please save this QR Code. Every time you would like to test, you will need to show this QR code. Please have it accessible when you arrive at the testing site.

Step #3: Arriving at the Testing Site

All COVID-19 tests are nasal swab PCR tests administered by a trained professional. You can request to self-swab.

All testing locations are drive thru.

Please have your individual QR code from step #2 ready when you arrive. The QR code was emailed and texted to you. You will need this QR code every time you test. You are able to test at any location with the QR code.

Step #4: Wait for Test Results

You will receive an email and text message informing you that your COVID-19 test result is available to view. Test results will be available within usually within 24 hours.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions on the testing process.