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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.

Flu and RSV resources:

Protocols/guidance for schools, youth sports, and camps
Wear a mask
  • Protocol for TK-12 schools (updated 12/13/22)
    This document details the employee and student safety and infection control protocols that schools must comply with. These are in addition to the conditions imposed on schools by the State Public Health Officer and the California Department of Education.
    Protocol for TK-12 Schools (Health Officer Order - T1). Click here for additional languages.


  • Technical assistance for schools
    Schools and administrators with questions regarding protocols or in need of technical assistance can contact the School Technical Assistance Team (STAT) at TASchoolSupport@ph.lacounty.gov.
Youth Sports Protocol
Guidance for Camps
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

Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Requirements for Reporting Cases at Your School
Schools and programs serving school-aged youth are required to notify LAC Department of Public Health (DPH) of all clusters of 3 or more cases of COVID-19 in a classroom, office, or other pre-defined or identifiable group (i.e., cohort, team/club, etc.) who were on campus at any point within the 14 days prior to illness onset date. Cases include employees, children/students, and visitors with confirmed COVID-19. The illness onset date is the date COVID-19 symptoms started, or the COVID-19 test date, whichever is earlier. All cluster notifications should be submitted to DPH within 1 business day of the school/program being notified of the third, or last, case in the cluster through the reporting method outlined below.

  • Online reporting:
    • Clusters of 3 or more school-associated COVID-19 cases should be reported online through the secure web application, Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracing (SPOT). This can be done on a computer or mobile device.
      • If reporting multiple cases, you may choose to use the “Bulk Upload Template” (an Excel file) located within the SPOT Portal to submit your report.
  • Training Resources for how to report COVID-19 clusters through SPOT:
    • This data dictionary (Español) (updated 5/1/22) describes each of the items of information (variables) that are collected as part of cluster reporting through SPOT.
    • Training videos and resources can be found at the SPOT School Help and Training Materials.
    • This FAQ provides answers to commonly asked questions as well as additional links to training materials and resources.
Flow charts for quarantine, testing and isolation at school

Instructions for Cases and Close Contacts

  • Flow charts (PDF: English | Español) (updated 12/22/22)

    Flow charts for schools that provide guidance on actions for those in isolation and those identified as close contacts.

Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Notifying Staff, Students, and Families of Actions to Take for Isolation and Close Contacts
Schools are required to notify all children, students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 with the actions to take for isolation. Children, students, and staff who had an exposure to a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period while at the facility, or close contacts, must also be notified with the actions to take. The notification letter templates can be adapted by schools for these notifications.

  • Exposure Notification Letter Templates
    • Isolation Notification Letter: Notification letter for staff, students and their families who need to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 viral test result.
    • Exposure Notification Letters: Educational sites providing activities and services for children, students, and staff are required to notify all children, students and staff who had an exposure or potential exposure to a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period while at the site.
    • General Exposure Notification Letter: Educational sites providing activities and services for children, students, and staff may choose to notify the general community of an exposure that has occurred at the site and make the community aware of precautions to take to prevent spread.
  • For TK-12 schools: English | Spanish (updated 1/9/23) | For Youth Sports Programs (updated 8/19/22)

Youth Recreational Sports Programs
If an individual with confirmed COVID-19 participated during their infectious period in any games, tournaments, or other Youth Recreational Sports Program-related activities involving other teams, the Youth Recreational Sports Program Compliance Officer is required to notify members of their own team AND notify the opposing team(s) of potential exposure. Compliance officers for all affected teams must work collaboratively to identify any individuals who meet the criteria for having been exposed. (Use the Youth Sports Programs Exposure Notification Letter document above to access the appropriate template for your team and the opposing team)

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.
COVID-19 testing
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
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
    • 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 1-833-540-0473.
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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