Benicia Unified School District

As required by SB 149 BUSD has a Covid-19 testing plan in place.

BUSD has home antigen tests available upon request in each school office, while supplies last. Please use the barcode to scan the expired tests for the approved extended expiration date.

In the event of cluster cases(3 or more) in classrooms, test kits will be distributed to students in the classrooms with outbreaks. Tests are to be taken at home, not at school.

CDPH has determined home antigen tests are a reliable effect mitigation strategy for identifying covid infections.

For other testing resources within our community go to

COVID Guidance June 2024

Students and staff health and safety is our top priority.  The following information reflects the most recent updates from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), regarding the new guidance updated January 2024. Please visit Safe Schools Hub for more details. In order to continue to maintain best practices related to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families, the protocol reflects the most current recommended guidelines. The CDPH now recommends the following actions to align with common practice of other respiratory viruses. These actions below outline what to do when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and how to protect others, including the most vulnerable in the community.

Recommendations for people who test positive:


Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, until you have not had a fever(100.4) for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication AND other COVID-19 symptoms are mild and improving.

  • If you do not have symptoms, you should follow the recommendations below to reduce exposure to others.


Mask: Highly encouraged to wear a mask when you are around other people indoors for the 10 days* after you become sick or test positive (if no symptoms). You may remove your mask sooner than 10 days if you have two sequential negative tests at least one day apart. Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.


Avoid contact with people at higher-risk for severe COVID-19 for 10 days*. Higher-risk individuals include the elderly, those who live in congregate care facilities, those who have immunocompromising conditions, and that put them at higher risk for serious illness.


Seek Treatment. If you have symptoms, particularly if you are at higher risk for severe COVID-19, speak with a healthcare provider as soon as you test positive. You may be eligible for antiviral medicines or other treatments for COVID-19. COVID-19 antiviral medicines work best if taken as soon as possible, and within 5-7 days from when symptoms start.

  • Call 1-833-422-4255 if you are unable to contact a healthcare provider, or use the treatment options to find one.


*The potential infectious period is 2 days before the date of symptoms began or the positive test date (if no symptoms) through Day 10. (Day 0 is the symptom onset date or positive test date).

  • Should your child test positive, please continue to take the time to fill out the COVID-19 2023/2024 Positive Student Questionnaire  as soon as possible.
  • Employees- please continue to report your covid-19 absence in AESOP/Frontline AND to your supervisor who will notify health services. 

Recommendation for close contacts of cases:

  • If you have new COVID-19 symptoms, you should test and mask right away.
  • If you do not have symptoms, and are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection and would benefit from treatment, you should test within 5 days. 
  • If you do not have symptoms and have contact with people who are at higher risk for severe infection, you should mask indoors when around such people for 10 days. Consider testing within 5 days after the last exposure date (Day 0) and before contact with higher-risk people. For further details, see CDPH COVID-19 testing guidance.

CDPH Sick Day Guidelines:

For questions related to returning to school or work, please refer to the most current CDPH Sick Day Guidelines as this now pertains to all illnesses and individuals.