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 in Los Angeles County. This COVID-19 Transitional Kindergarten to 12th Grade (TK-12) Education Toolkit is designed as a resource to help you prepare for, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in schools. The toolkit includes guidance documents which detail specific requirements and recommendations for prevention of COVID-19 spread, documents applying general prevention principles to specific educational contexts, templates to use in carrying out your role in COVID-19 prevention, 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 prevention strategies and reporting of COVID-19 cases at your educational organization.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to enable schools serving students from transitional kindergarten through grade 12 to operate safely. In addition to the conditions imposed on schools by the State Public Health Officer and the California Department of Education, employee and student safety and infection control requirements and recommendations are detailed in the Protocol for Reopening TK-12 Schools.
Schools that are planning to implement full in person instruction for the first time during the Summer or Fall of 2021 should refer to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Safe Schools for All site for complete instructions on the reopening process and documents to complete. 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.
Schools that offer day care services for children on school campuses should refer to the DPH Guidance for Early Care and Education Providers for recommendations and requirements for how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19 in these programs.
This guidance includes requirements and recommendations specific to Overnight Organized Camps permitted to be open by the Order of the State Public Health Officer. In addition to the conditions imposed on these specific venues by the Governor, these types of businesses must also be in compliance with the conditions laid out in this Protocol for Overnight Organized/Children’s Camps. Organized Camp (Camp) includes Children’s Camps that are defined in Los Angeles County Code, Section 8.04.081 and required to have a Public Health Permit to operate. An organized camp is a site with program and facilities established for the primary purpose of providing an overnight group living experience for recreational or other purposes for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year. A Notice of Intent to Operate must be submitted to the Environmental Health Division Communityhealth@ph.lacounty.gov.
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.