Required Baseline Testing, First Day of Spring Semester 2022, COVID Protocols

Updated 1/14/22:
 
The District has revised the definition for quarantine exemption and modified quarantine. Please see the attached clarification. 
 
Updated 1/11/22:
 
We have a limited number of rapid antigen tests available onsite for students who do not have a current baseline test on file.  
 
All antigen tests administered through the school site or elsewhere must be uploaded by the student onto Daily Pass.
 
Student antigen tests are accepted but a photo must be uploaded on Daily Pass with an external test result administered within three days of returning. Handwritten student name and date of birth (DOB), along with the date of the test, should be included on the test result photo for antigen tests.
 
Updated 1/10/22:
 
Here is the link to the recording of this evening's Information Meeting presentation.
 
Meeting Recording:
https://lausd.zoom.us/rec/share/ThQB_AEIhs2PVgN-qCe93KJrJX0JYkS3Y91-Z4ViQiKfoTwHRwon26HdqZeJZUV5.8wuxczExvDDS8ITw
 
Updated 1/9/22:

Join us this Monday, January 10 at 6 PM to go over the latest updates for spring semester at The Land, including what the District’s new guidelines for COVID exposure management means for our Cavaliers.

Zoom Webinar: https://lausd.zoom.us/j/83498647157

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All students and employees must have a new baseline COVID-19 test before coming back to campus for the spring semester.  As such, please note the following information:
  • Cleveland will serve as a COVID-19 testing site Tuesday, January 4 through Friday, January 7 from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Testing will be available for all LAUSD students and staff in our Library. If you do not have an appointment, make sure to arrive and be in line no later than 3:30 PM.
  • Monday, January 10 is now a pupil-free day for students.  
  • The first day of spring semester for students is Tuesday, January 11.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

FAQs

What if I can't make it to Cleveland this week to get a baseline test? 
You may access the list of all LAUSD testing sites and make an appointment for any of the other sites at lausd.net/covidtestingappt or by calling (213) 443-1300. Appointments are encouraged, but they are not necessary. Walk-ins are welcome.

COVID-19 at-home rapid self-tests are available for K-12 students. The free at-home COVID-19 rapid self-tests are available for pickup on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8 from 8 AM to 12 PM at any of the District's Grab & Go sites. Each student may receive two self-tests. Please visit lausd.net/covid for a map of pickup locations.

Do we have to take a baseline test this week if we are fully vaccinated?
Yes
 
Can we take a test from outside the District?
External PCR or antigen tests, or at-home tests may be uploaded in Daily Pass.
 
Student antigen tests (at-home tests) are accepted but a photo must be uploaded on Daily Pass with an external test result date from January 8, 9 or 10. Handwritten student name and date of birth (DOB) should be included on the test result photo for antigen tests.
 
Make sure to upload the results onto the student’s Daily Pass account ASAP. For information on how to upload an external test result, please visit lausd.net/dailypass.

What if I tested positive within the past 90 days?
You are exempt from testing for 90 days after you test positive for COVID-19. This means you do not have to test for 90 days. BUT, if you took your test outside of an LAUSD site, to come to school on Tuesday, January 11, you must upload your positive test result onto Daily Pass (dailypass.lausd.net) under "Submit External Non-LAUSD COVID-19 PCR Test Result" (above where you click to get the Daily Pass QR code). After you do this, the District's Community Engagement Team will contact you to verify the results and then input your exemption from testing into the Daily Pass system so you do not have to test again for 90 days. 

What if my baseline test result is Inconclusive or Invalid?
You will have to take another test. 

What if I tested positive or have been exposed to COVID 19? 
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or test positive, contact the Community Engagement Team at ce@lausd.net or 213-725-5637. CE can also give you information about isolation and quarantine guidelines. 

After the baseline test, will students and staff have to continue to test each week at school? 
Weekly testing will continue for all students and employees through the month of January.

Do students and staff have to wear masks at school?
Masking will be required at all times, indoors and outdoors, while on campus. It is strongly recommended that all students wear well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire. All employees are required to wear surgical grade masks or higher.

Do students and staff have to create a QR code each day?
Daily Pass health screening will be required for everyone entering the campus.

If I test positive for COVID-19, do I isolate for 5 or 10 days now?
Effective Monday, January 10, 2022, individuals who test positive may be released from isolation on Day 6, provided any symptoms are improving, they are fever-free for the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and they have a negative (antigen) test result from a test taken on or after Day 5.

What is a "close contact"?
A “close contact” is defined as the following: 

  • A person who was within six feet of a positive case for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period during the positive case’s infectious period (48 hours prior to the date of the test if asymptomatic or the date of symptom onset, whichever came first), even if non-medical face masks were worn during the exposure.
  • A person who had unprotected contact with the positive case’s body fluids and/or secretions is also considered a close contact.

If I am identified as a close contact and am fully vaccinated, do I have to quarantine?
Individuals who are fully vaccinated (including a booster, if eligible) are exempt from quarantine. All other individuals are subject to quarantine protocols; students may be eligible for modified quarantine. In order to remain in school, close contacts who are exempt from quarantine are still required to test on or after Day 5 after the date of last exposure.

Effective January 10, 2022, the following individuals are not required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact, provided they are asymptomatic:

  1. Fully vaccinated individuals who are eligible for and have received a booster;
  2. Vaccinated individuals who are not yet eligible for a booster;
  3. Students and employees who have recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

Is it true that students who are unvaccinated no longer have to quarantine for 10 days?
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health allows for asymptomatic students who are identified as close contacts to participate in modified quarantine ("Test to Stay"), in which exposed students continue to attend school in-person unless they develop symptoms or test positive. LAUSD schools will implement modified quarantine for those who qualify effective the week of January 10, 2022. 

Please note that modified quarantine ("Test to Stay") can only be considered if the following holds true:
  1. The exposure occurred in a school setting.
  2. The exposure to infection occurred in a school setting where students were supervised by school staff (i.e. classroom, school grounds with school staff present, school bus).
  3. The school can verify that both the infected student and the student identified as a close contact were mask compliant during the entire period of exposure, including outdoor exposure (masks must have been completely covering the individuals’ nose and mouth).
  4. The exposure occurred in a school that does not have a confirmed active outbreak, as determined by LACDPH. 
If any of the above criteria are not met, the exposed student(s) must quarantine at home. Asymptomatic students quarantining at home can test on or after Day 5 and be released from quarantine on Day 6 if they test negative.
 
Students who are participating in modified quarantine ("Test to Stay") can participate in the full instructional program during the school day. However, those in modified quarantine cannot participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, clubs, Beyond the Bell, and other before and after school care or programming. The modified quarantine is meant to let students continue learning during the instructional day but does not cover other activities outside of the regular school curriculum. Students must leave campus after school and go directly home.
 
Individuals participating in modified quarantine must be tested twice per week for the duration of the quarantine period (“Test to Stay”). Tests can be either a rapid antigen test or a PCR test. The first test should be conducted at initial exposure or as soon as possible after the exposure (Day 1); the second test should ideally be on or after Day 5, so that the student can be released from quarantine on Day 6 if they test negative.