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COVID-19 Toolkit


State and County health orders currently permit all TK-12 schools to be open with modifications and protocols in place to ensure safety for all students and staff. This toolkit is designed to help schools and administrators prevent and respond to COVID-19 in schools. It includes information on requirements and recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission and instructions, tools, and reporting information for when there is a COVID-19 case at a school.

Protocols/guidance for schools, youth sports, and camps
Wear a mask


  • Technical assistance for schools
    Schools that re-opened in the 2021-2022 school year should complete a brief online form if they have not yet received a visit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) School Technical Assistance Team (STAT). STAT will connect with school administrators to ensure they have the technical support needed to maintain COVID-19 safety. Schools and administrators with questions regarding protocols can contact TASchoolSupport@ph.lacounty.gov.
Screening employees and students for symptoms
What to do when you have a COVID-19 case at your facility
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Exposure Management Plans


Framework for contact tracing for TK-12 students
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Reporting Cases at Your School

TK-12 schools are required to notify the LAC DPH of employees and students with confirmed COVID-19 within 1 business day. This can be done online or by email. Schools are required 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 their illness onset date and (2) persons on campus 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.

Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
  • Secure online reporting using this REDCap link is the preferred method of reporting
    Online reporting training video—walks through the process of reporting COVID-19 cases and contacts at your school (25 minutes).
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Notifying Staff, Students, and Families of a Case or Suspected Case


  • Notification Letters Sample notification letters
    • For parents of children who need to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 viral test result
    • To send to a cohort/group which includes individuals who may have been exposed by a case (or multiple cases) and compliance officers who are unable to confirm who may or may not have been exposed.
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
  • Exposure notice to make people aware that they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19 if they visited a location.
Flow charts for quarantine, testing and isolation at school

Isolation guidance webpage

Instructions for Cases and Close Contacts


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COVID-19 testing
  • Testing for employees
    Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards require employers to offer testing at no cost to employees during paid time for:
    • Symptomatic unvaccinated employees, regardless of whether there is a known exposure
    • Unvaccinated employees after an exposure
    • Vaccinated employees after an exposure if they develop symptoms
    • Unvaccinated employees in an outbreak (3 or more employee cases)
    • All employees in a major outbreak (20 or more employee cases).
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan


  • General testing information
    • ph.lacounty.gov/covidtests—provides information on the different types of COVID-19 tests, when testing is recommended, and how to interpret the results.
    • lacounty.gov/testing or call 2-1-1 to find a free COVID-19 test site in LA County. Drive through or walk-up testing sites are available, and appointments are not always needed.
COVID-19 prevention
Remote Work
  • Vaccination
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    • VaccinateLAcounty.com (or VacunateLosAngeles.com Spanish)—Information on COVID-19 vaccines, safety and select "Click here to get vaccinated" in LA County. Vaccines are available for free for all, regardless of insurance or immigration status. No appointment is needed at many locations. Free transportation and in-home vaccination are available through the DPH Vaccine Call Center 833-540-0473.
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Mental health resources
  • LA County Department of Mental Health
    • 24/7 Help Line 800-854-7771—provides mental health support, resources, and referrals
    • dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information—mental health resources for LA County residents
    • PsychHub's Mental Health Resource Hub—free resources to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • iPrevail.com—free access for LA County residents to iPrevail, online mental health resource to help with life's everyday stressors. Access in English and Spanish 24/7. After a short assessment, you are connected to customized support to meet your needs. Options include:
      • on-demand chat with trained Peer Coaches,
      • self-paced lessons on a variety of topics to improve wellbeing, and
      • community support groups
  • CDC
    • Coping with stress—information on healthy ways to cope with stress, resources, and crisis hotline numbers
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
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