Safe Steps to Safe Schools

  • 2023-24 School Year COVID-19 Protocols

    Protocols for the new school year can be found here.

    Los protocolos para el nuevo año escolar se pueden encontrar aquí.

  • Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 Testing Program


    Following the guidance of our medical advisors and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – and subject to changes to Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention in TK-12 Schools, LAUSD Unified will implement “response testing.”

    Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive will be recommended to test. All testing will be conducted with take-home rapid antigen tests, which are available for students and employees at your school or worksite. All school campuses will also continue to monitor rapid antigen test results and notify individuals if they are a close contact with someone who has tested positive. 



    Employees and students who tested positive may end their isolation on Days 6-10, provided any symptoms are improving, and they have been fever-free for the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; individuals returning from isolation are recommended but not required to take a rapid antigen test before returning. Individuals who are released from isolation days 6-10 must continue to wear a highly protective mask at all times indoors and around others outdoors through Day 10 unless they have two sequential negative tests taken at least a day apart uploaded and approved in Daily Pass. Once approved, they may unmask the following day.



  • Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 Vaccination Initiative


    Los Angeles Unified agrees that COVID-19 vaccination is essential to protection against COVID-19. For best protection against COVID-19, students are encouraged to stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations.

    COVID-19 vaccines are available for eligible students at our Los Angeles Unified vaccine clinics.

    Students and families with questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are encouraged to call our family hotline at 213-443-1300 and review our Frequently Asked Questions.



    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-old children. We are delighted to be able to offer voluntary vaccine access to students in this age group. The COVID-19 vaccine is highly encouraged for children ages 5-11. 

    Almost all of the LA Unified vaccine clinics have doses available for 5-11 year olds! 

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  • Antigen Self-Test Expiration Extensions

    The California Department of Public Health endorses the emergency use of over-the counter COVID-19 Tests beyond their FDA authorized expiration. This blanket extension, subject to appropriate internal control development* during testing, is valid until CDPH posts that the emergency extension has ended, at which point participants should cease using tests beyond their printed expiration dates. The emergency extension applies to all FDA authorized over-the-counter COVID-19 tests, including: 

    • Abbott BinaxNOWTM COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test
    • AccessBio CareStartTM COVID-19 Antigen Home Test
    • ACON FlowflexTM COVID-19 Antigen Home Test 
    • iHealthTM COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test 
    • On/GoTM COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test 

    *The internal control line after test development should be both easily visible and the color specified by the specific test instructions.

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  • LAUSD Clinics

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  • Helpdesk

    For families: (213) 443-1300
    For employees: (213) 241-2700
    The helpdesk is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for any questions about Los Angeles Unified and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Student & family wellness:
    (213) 241-3840
    The helpdesk is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call for support with mental health, immunizations, health insurance, food & housing, enrollment, and more.