By Nick Sestanovich
No longer will students at Vacaville Unified School District sites have to wait too long to return to campus as they await the results of a COVID-19 test. With a new centralized rapid testing lab, they will have an answer in a matter of minutes.
Through a partnership with San Francisco medical lab Bay Area Phlebotomy and Laboratory Services (BayPLS), VUSD opened its centralized testing center at the new Shelley Dally Early Learning Village, located in the former site of Bethany Lutheran Church. The center offers free, walk-in rapid antigen testing and is open to all students and staff.
Ed Santopadre, associate superintendent of educational services, said the center was open to a handful of schools a few weeks ago and became a school wide service this past week. Previously, testing was available at each school site, which he said was “unsustainable.”