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Redwood City School District moves from identifying close contacts to group tracing

District will notify groups of exposed students, such as classmates, teammates, or cohorts after recently updating its COVID-19 protocols

The Redwood City School District will no longer be tracing through individual contacts and will be moving toward group tracing, notifying groups of exposed students, such as classmates, teammates, or cohorts after recently updating its COVID-19 protocols, the district said in a statement.

This comes from a recommendation that The California Department of Public Health has made to shift from close contact tracing to group tracing, the district said.

Exposed students, regardless of vaccination status will be notified if they have spent more than 15 minutes in a shared indoor space with someone with COVID-19 during the infectious period. Exposed students who are tested for COVID-19 may continue to take part in schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities unless symptoms are developed or they test positive. 

Students should be tested for COVID-19 with at least one diagnostic test obtained within 2-5 days after the last exposure. For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing is strongly recommended as PCR results may remain persistently positive and not indicative of a new active infection.

Free at-home COVID-19 tests

Residential households can order one free set of 4 at-home tests from

  • Each residential address can receive one order
  • Orders will ship for free starting in late January

Visit to order at-home tests or go directly to the U.S. Postal Service order form here In Spanish

Appointments available for this week's vaccination clinic

Appointments are available for the pediatric vaccination clinic. Booster shots for those 12+ will be available in addition to the first doses for 5-11-year-olds.

First dose:

  • Thursday, January 20 2:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, January 21 2:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 22 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Second dose:

  • Thursday, February 10 2:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 11 2:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 12 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Families can register at

Both doses will be administered at Hoover School, at 701 Charter St. in Redwood City.