PCS Testing Site Information and Tips
Step 1: Register on the “Color” Testing Platform
If you are interested in taking advantage of this optional, free service, you will first need to register your child on our testing platform “Color.” Please be sure to use the appropriate link on this page to register on our testing platform. The links here have been provided to us by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for our school district. Please do not go directly to “color.com” to register. If you register directly on color.com, your registration may not be recorded in our district testing platform.
You will only need to register one time and it should take you no longer than 10 minutes. You do not need to register with “Color” each time you wish to get a test.
If you have already registered on the Color platform, you can skip this step and proceed to Step 2.
For PCS students/minors: Register your student here
For PCS staff: Register for staff testing here
Parents/guardians, when you click on this link, you are registering on behalf of your student(s) so please be sure to enter your student’s information (not your own) in the testing system. A parent or guardian must register any minor under 18 years old, so please be sure to use the appropriate link when registering. We cannot offer testing without parent or guardian consent and HIPAA authorization to share the results with the school and district.
All questions included in the registration process are required for California state public health reporting, but not all of the questions require you to provide an answer in order to complete the registration process.
You will be asked to provide insurance information, including Group ID. You may want to have that accessible before registering. Please note this program is free for all employees and students. No uninsured employee or student will be denied access to a test.
When you get to the page that states, "Next step: Visit the testing site", you have successfully completed the registration process and there are no additional registration steps after this.
Step 2: Getting a test
Petaluma City Schools District Office
200 Douglas Street, Petaluma CA 94952 (Directions to District Office)
The testing site is on the left-hand side of the building if you're looking at the main entrance, past Kenny's Doughnuts, and to the right of the Board Room.
Hours: Monday - Friday (except school holidays), 7:30 a.m. - Noon. No appointment necessary.
- The test is a comfortable anterior nasal (AN) swab that your student can easily self-administer. Parents are also welcome to assist their child if preferred. The testing site at the district office will not have a nurse on hand to assist with testing.
- Please remain fully masked and socially distanced (6+ feet) from others at all times while visiting the testing site. Those who are getting tested may lower their mask while swabbing but please remain 6+ feet from others while doing so.
- Symptomatic individuals should stay in their car. There is limited parking available in front of the testing site for those individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Site staff will be happy to assist with verbal instructions or answer questions from outside the vehicle while 6+ feet away.
Step 3: Test Results
When results are available, Color will notify patients through SMS and/or email (using the mobile phone number and/or email provided through the registration process) that results are available.
You will use date of birth and the barcode number associated with the sample of the individual who got tested (which will be provided on a take-away card that we will give you) to access the results through Color’s HIPAA compliant website. If you lose the Color barcode for your test, you can call the Color support hotline. Patients can also access results by clicking on the link from their email or text notification.
Timing of results
Tests administered before Noon will be sent for overnight delivery to Valencia Branch Labs for processing. The lab will provide test results via text and/or email 24 - 48 hours after receiving the sample. For example, a test administered on Monday morning will arrive to the lab on Tuesday morning. In this example, results may be delivered anytime between Tuesday and Thursday.
The lab operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week so results may be delivered overnight and on weekends. Please be sure to monitor texts and emails for results delivered overnight.
There are four potential results that you will receive after taking the test:
- A positive test result means that the COVID-19 virus was detected in your specimen → Please self-isolate and report your test results to your school site right away.
- A negative test result means that COVID-19 virus was not detected in your specimen at the time of your test → Please provide your negative test results to your school site to return to school after an absence due to symptoms.
- A “presumptive positive" result means that the test was not able to confirm with adequate certainty that the sample has SARS-CoV-2 RNA present. It indicates that you had a marginal trace of the COVID-19 virus in your specimen. This may mean you are either very early in your COVID infection and the amount of virus is just beginning to rise, or you are later in your COVID infection and the overall amount of virus is declining. It could also mean you are infected with COVID, but the sample that was taken for testing only captured a minimal amount of the virus when swabbing. → In this case, you should self-isolate, report the result to your school site, and get re-tested.
- An inconclusive or invalid test result means that test results could not be classified as either positive or negative. Unsatisfactory results are issued for invalid or failed samples. → Please alert your school site and we will be happy to help coordinate another test.
It is very important that you please report positive test results to your school site right away.
If you have any questions, or if we can offer any support with testing, please contact email@example.com.