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.
Exposure Management Plans
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.
Notifying Staff, Students, and Families of a Case or Suspected Case
Instructions for Cases and Close Contacts
Individual contact tracing flow charts for schools Flow charts for quarantine, isolation, and testing pathways for students and staff identified through individual contact tracing
If a person tests positive for COVID-19 or a healthcare provider thinks that they have COVID-19, they must isolate. For instructions, see ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation (English) and ph.lacounty.gov/covidaislamiento (Spanish).
If a person is a close contact to someone with COVID-19, they must follow the Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine (English) and ph.lacounty.gov/covidcuarentena (Spanish).
Note: TK-12 students who were exposed at school may still be able to attend classes depending on the type of exposure and whether the school allows a modified quarantine. For more information see the Exposure Management Plan Guidance in TK-12 Schools and the Decision Pathways for Symptoms and Exposures in ECE Centers and TK-12 Schools.