Information provided Hollister School District

The Hollister School District announced it is providing free COVID-19 test kits to families and staff members on Jan. 3. 

The school district said it has 6,000 I-Health COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits available to families or staff members associated with the district. They are available at the district office at 2690 Cienega Road with drive-through service until 4:30 p.m.

There are additional test kits available at the Calaveras/Accelerated Achievement Academy campus or the R.O. Hardin campus until 3 p.m.

The district’s school nurses are coordinating these efforts and received the kits from the California Department of Public Health, said school nurse Anita Sarringhaus.

“This voluntary test giveaway comes at a time with high demand for such self-administered tests following the holidays, especially in light of the omicron variant’s high transmissibility,” the release said. “Students and staff are set to return to classrooms Jan. 4 after the holiday break.”

The district added that each test kit contains two tests, and it is recommended by the California Department of Public Health that students take a test today and another Thursday. If students have symptoms, please have them remain home until those symptoms are resolved for 24 hours without use of medication. Please also report such absences.

This article was submitted by the Hollister School District.