Governor Gavin Newsom places the swab in the holder after a self-administered rapid COVID-19 test at Native American Health Center in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 22, 2021. (Harika Maddala/ Bay City News)

Beginning Tuesday, all Stockton Unified School District schools will resume in-person learning without COVID-19 testing requirements, district officials said.

Superintendent John Ramirez Jr. said Monday the district is monitoring the rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant.

Parents can have their children tested, but it’s not a requirement for students returning to classes in the Stockton district, he said.

“There is no requirement to test or to document negative test results prior to returning but doing so will help in efforts to maintain safe school environments for all,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said masks will remain a mandate for students and staff while indoors and unvaccinated staff must continue to test weekly for COVID-19.

According to the superintendent, the California Department of Education is working to provide free at home testing kits to all students in California, but there has not been a date set yet for the distribution of the kits.

The district said they are asking all staff and families to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms prior to returning to campus.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at