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Our schools, youth programs and education sites are critical components of our communities and have tremendous impact on the health, well-being, growth, and development of students and families in Los Angeles County. This COVID-19 Toolkit serves as a resource to prepare for, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in education settings including:
This COVID-19 Toolkit provides an overview of important requirements and recommendations, tools, and reporting information. For more details about the recommendations please visit LACDPH COVID-19 Prevention and Response Guidelines for Education Settings.
Education settings should continue to investigate and respond to any COVID-19 cases identified at the site. Current State laws and regulations require schools to exclude staff and students who have a communicable disease while contagious. Individuals are responsible for adhering to LACDPH Instructions for COVID-19 Cases and Close Contacts. These instructions are outlined below and are intended to support education settings in developing and implementing exclusion and return to school criteria related to COVID-19. As employers, education settings should also refer to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations for workplace requirements. For the complete education guidance, please see LACDPH COVID-19 Prevention and Response Guidelines for Education Settings.
People with symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection should wear a mask, stay home and away from others, and test for COVID-19. Those who test negative using an antigen test but continue having COVID-19 symptoms should continue to isolate and test again 48 hours later. Consult LACDPH Symptom Guidance for Schools for additional recommendations.
Staff and students with a COVID-19 infection need to adhere to these instructions regardless of their vaccination status, history of previous infection, or lack of symptoms. For the full guidance, refer to LAC DPH Instructions for COVID-19 Cases and Close Contacts.
Staff and students with COVID-19 must stay home and away from others if symptomatic and/or with fever. Isolation can end when both of the following criteria are met:
Staff and students with COVID-19 who do not have symptoms are not required to isolate only if wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask in all settings when around others, for 10 days after first testing positive.
All people with a COVID-19 infection must wear a mask for 10 days from symptom onset or positive test date, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
Close contacts should be informed that they may be infected, so that they are aware and can take appropriate next steps to protect themselves and others within their community. For more information, see Communication and Notifications About Exposures section below.
The term Close Contact refers to the following:
Exposed staff and students should:
Parents should immediately inform the site when a student tests positive for COVID-19 and was on site while infectious. When sites are notified of a COVID-19 exposure on site, it is strongly recommended that they notify students who were exposed and provide them with instruction for close contacts (above). If an individual with COVID-19 participated in any games, performances, tournaments, competitions, or other site-related activities involving other sites while symptomatic, it is strongly recommended that the CD liaison notify the impacted site(s). Sites are required to notify employees if they have been exposed to a known COVID-19 case in the workplace during the case’s infectious period per Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations.
If LACDPH determines that outbreak criteria have been met, a Public Health Outbreak Investigator will contact the site to coordinate an Outbreak Investigation. During the Outbreak, the site must comply with additional requirements issued by LACDPH. The site is also responsible for complying with regulations outlined per Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations.
Per the LA County Health Officer Order, Education Settings are required to notify DPH within 1 business day of all clusters of at least 3 linked COVID-19 cases within 7 days of each other.
Education settings should implement multiple layers of COVID-19 mitigation strategies to reduce risk and limit cases and transmission at the site. Please see the information below for a variety of resources and tools that schools can use to assist in developing layered strategies.
Everyone 6 months and older should get the updated fall 2023 COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and reduce the spread of the virus. Vaccination is the best way to protect against getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying from COVID-19 and helps to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks in schools and in the community. The updated vaccine can increase prior protection (from previous vaccination or infection) that may have decreased over time.
Increasing ventilation and improving air quality and filtration are highly effective ways to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses through the air. Make sure your site's HVAC system is in good working order and frequently inspected. Consider other ways to improve ventilation including adding portable high-efficiency air filters, opening windows and doors to increase fresh outdoor air, and moving activities outdoors as weather and air quality allow.
Ensuring students and employees have access to testing when symptomatic or exposed is important to prevent spread of COVID-19. Testing recommendations for the general public change based on local metrics, which are updated regularly on the LA County COVID-19 Response Plan website.
Wearing a mask can help reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19. County indoor mask wearing rules and recommendations for the general public change based on local metrics, which are updated regularly on the LA County COVID-19 Response Plan website. Children under 2 should not wear a mask.
Regularly cleaning surfaces helps prevent the spread of germs that make people sick. Facilities should regularly clean frequently touched surfaces and objects such as door handles, stair rails, and elevator buttons.