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Pooled Testing - a letter from superintendent Ochoa

Dear SMFCSD Families,

 In the San Mateo-Foster City School District, we seek to maintain a safe environment for employees, students, families, and the community. To support those goals, the district has partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to provide an optional and free COVID-19 pooled testing program.  Launched at the end of September, participating in this program will help safeguard the wellbeing of our community with the rise of new cases in our county.

Pooling can test 25 people using one test and provide results within 2 days. The testing is simple: students in a class will swab their own noses and place their swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then run as a single sample, using one test. If a positive test is received, Concentric staff will return to individually rapid test the pool to locate the positive individual(s). The pooled testing will take place weekly, on Mondays and Tuesdays, with any necessary rapid follow-up testing on Thursdays or Fridays.

Only students with completed consent forms are able to participate in testing. We strongly encourage your child’s participation because the pooled testing program is a valuable tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19.  Pooled testing allows students, teachers, and staff to come to school with peace of mind.

Your child’s principal will send you information about how to sign-up for the pooled testing program.

Learn more about pooled testing in the SMFCSD by checking out our Pooled Testing Plan. Our Youtube Town Hall's briefly covered pool testing, view those conversations here.

For more information, visit Concentric by Ginkgo’s website. Any further questions can be directed to:


Phone:  650-312-7345

We appreciate your support of the pooled testing program!



Diego R. Ochoa


San Mateo-Foster City School District

Superintendent's Letter - English | Spanish

Pooled Testing Plan

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Test taker instructions

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Pooled Testing Consent Form

Student Online Consent Form (English/Español)

Paper Consent Form in English | Paper Consent Form in Español