As steps are taken to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community, the safety of students, teachers, administrators, staff and families are front of mind for us. We recognize that elementary, middle and high schools are critical components of communities and have tremendous impact on the health, growth, and development of students and the overall well-being of families. This COVID-19 Transitional Kindergarten to 12th Grade (TK-12) Education Toolkit is designed as a resource help you prepare for and respond to the needs of the education community in the context of to COVID-19. The toolkit includes protocols (documents which detail specific requirements for prevention of COVID-19 spread), guidance documents applying general prevention principles to specific educational circumstances, templates to use in carrying out your role in prevention and answers to frequently asked questions for the education setting as well as selected resources from local, state and national sources. The toolkit should enable you to manage community mitigation at your site and report COVID-19 cases if and when they occur at your educational organization.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Safe Schools for All information page outlines the current requirements for reopening schools for in-person instruction. These requirements are in line with the State of California Safe School for All Initiative which provides a path for a phased return to in-person instruction, followed by ongoing safe in-person instruction. The Safe Schools for All framework replaces the prior elementary school waiver application and approval process, which is now permanently retired. Note: all waiver approvals previously granted by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health still remain in effect.
K-12 School Institutions are required to notify the Department of Public Health of employees and students with confirmed COVID-19 at the site. To complete this education sector reporting requirement, the K-12 Institute should use the reporting method described below to provide information on (1) students and staff with confirmed COVID-19 who were on campus at any point within the 14 days prior to the illness onset date and (2) persons at the institution who were exposed to the infected person during the infectious period. The illness onset date is the first date of COVID-19 symptoms or the COVID-19 test date, whichever is earlier. All case notifications should be submitted within 1 business day of being notified of the case.