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SRVUSD: At-home Covid tests for district students run out ahead of schedule

Original post made on Jan 11, 2022

Ahead of the planned reopening on Tuesday (Jan. 11), the San Ramon Valley Unified School District ran out of rapid tests to distribute to students preparing to return to the classroom.

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Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 11, 2022 at 6:56 am

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More dishonesty and/or poor planning by Dr. Malloy and SRVUSD. The district counted the number of TESTS and not the number of BOXES - there were two tests in each box. On Friday, they claim to have handed out 17,000 boxes. Site was open from 10AM until 1pm or 3 hours. Here is some basic math 17,000 boxes DIVIDED BY 3 hours = 5666 and two thirds. Divide that by 3600 seconds per hours and we get 1.6 boxes per second. Are we really to believe that SRVUSD handed out 3 boxes every two seconds for three hours straight? The math doesn't make sense. Also, if they had supply for three days, why did they give 100% of the inventory to the distribution sites on day 1? Why wouldn't they supply 1/3 of the inventory per day to ensure fair distribution?

The answer is pretty clear - SVUSD didn't have enough to go around. Instead of being honest with the community, SRVUSD administration just did wha they do best - lie and point the finger at anyone and everyone except themselves.

SRVUSD should go back to focusing on educating students. Right now with Dr. Malloy's focus seemingly more on being a medical doctor than an educator, his district is failing now at both providing health service and education to the children of the community. Perhaps the team there should focus on their jobs educating children as opposed to looking everywhere for excuses to not.

Posted by Steve Westcott
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2022 at 8:16 am

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Your math is assuming one person only is handing out all those kits. If it's 20 people, then it's completely acceptable.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 11, 2022 at 12:52 pm

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There were four distribution sites and people remained in cars. The 1.6 boxes per second still holds but for four places and not twenty. Each car was served one at a time and it is not known if each site had an equal number of tests given to it. So, let's call it 8 boxes per second per site to be extremely generous. That still doesn't work! The only way that would work is if the cars didn't stop moving!

Posted by Lala
a resident of Danville
on Jan 12, 2022 at 10:58 am

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It was not required by our district to test the students before they returned to school. It was a courtesy on the part of the district. I was in and out of the district office on Thursday at noon in under a minute from the time I turned into old orchard road. The only time I actually stopped my car was for the brief second to say I had two kids and receive the two boxes.
If the district had done a check list, then the complaints would've been the long lines that people didn't want to sit in. Damned if you do, Damned if you don't. The district did a great thing getting as many test kits as they did into our hands. Again, tests results were NOT required for any student to return to SRVUSD after break.

Posted by Tee Kay
a resident of Danville
on Jan 14, 2022 at 4:16 pm

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I think this shortage came from 1) the lack of being able to screen if you actually had a child(ren) who attend a SRVUSD school currently; 2) not being able to check off each student who received a test; and 3) those who went from one drive-through to another (and maybe another) to get more tests than were allocated per family. Those of you who took more than your fair alotted share are the real problem; not the district itself. Shameful, disgusting, and selfish individuals ruined it for the good and honest families hoping to get the hard-sought-after tests in this area.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 15, 2022 at 7:51 am

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Tee Kay -

Is it the district's responsibility to actually plan an orderly distribution? No!! It's the COMMUNITY that's wrong ...

The district could hand out 1 laptop per child when harmful and ineffective remote learning was ordered by the trustees. Why couldn't they do the same here? The answer is simple - they didn't have enough test to go around. So, SRVUSD district leaders pointed the finger at the community instead of taking responsibility themselves - just like they have always done since Dr. Malloy took over.

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