COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Update
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.
RETURN FROM ISOLATION
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. Students returning between Days 6-10 may unmask if they have two sequential negative tests taken at least a day apart. Employees returning Days 6-10, per Cal/OSHA, must continue to wear a highly protective mask at all times indoors or around others outdoors, except when eating or drinking through Day 10.
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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
- InteliSwab COVID-19 Rapid 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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