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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. The following DPH guidelines 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 more details about the recommendations please see LACDPH COVID-19 Prevention and Response Guidelines for Education Settings.
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.