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  • Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 Testing Program

    Los Angeles Unified is providing COVID-19 testing for all students and staff.

    All students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, participating in in-person instruction must participate in ongoing weekly COVID-19 testing. Additionally, all students and staff are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 “baseline” test in order to come onto campus.

    Tests are free, quick, easy, and your personal information will remain confidential!


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    While appointments are encouraged, no appointment is needed for Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 tests.


    In addition to these sites, mobile testing teams will be visiting schools to test students and staff on a weekly basis.

    Check out when the mobile COVID testing team will be at your school:


    If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you are asymptomatic, and you wish to take a rapid antigen test on or after Day 5 of your isolation period to return early to work or school, you can visit a stationary symptomatic testing site.

    Employees must take the test and wait for their results at the testing location. It is strongly recommended that students take the test and wait for the results at the location, to ensure accuracy and an automatic upload into the Daily Pass. Students can, however, take the rapid test at home. A photo of the test result must be uploaded onto the Daily Pass and include the individual's full name, date of birth, and date of test on a separate piece of paper, visible in the photo.


  • Maps of COVID-19 Stationary Testing Sites

    Find a COVID-19 stationary testing site near you on the map below, and schedule your appointment. Please see above for more information about stationary sites.

  • Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 Vaccination Initiative


    The science is clear – vaccinations are an essential part of protection against COVID-19. In order to reduce transmission and ensure students can remain on campus in the safest possible environment and receive the best education possible, Los Angeles Unified is requiring students 12 and older who attend school in-person to be in compliance with the vaccine requirement by the start of the Fall 2022 semester, unless the student has an approved medical exemption or qualifies for conditional admissions. Proof of vaccination or medical exemption must be uploaded to the Daily Pass. Students who have conditional admissions are not exempt from the mandate, but have a longer time frame to get the vaccine.

    Students turning 12 soon should receive their first vaccine dose no later than 30 days after their 12th birthday, and their second dose no later than 8 weeks after their 12th birthday.

    At this time, booster shots are not required for students, but are strongly encouraged for anyone 12 and over, five or more months after their second dose. Pfizer boosters are available for eligible 12+ year-old students at our Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

    Students and families that have 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.

    To make a vaccination appointment, please visit


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 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 stationary and mobile vaccine clinics have doses available for 5-11 year olds! 


    Los Angeles Unified has partnered with a number of health professionals, community clinics, and wellness centers. The following lists offer a weekly overview of all the various clinics and locations for a local district's students, families and employees. Please use this tool to see where clinics are offered, hours of operation, and what you need to do to make an appointment or walk on! These schedules will be updated every Saturday.

    To make a vaccination appointment, please visit

    For the latest information on our vaccine clinics, please visit

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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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  • Helpdesk

    For families: (213) 443-1300
    For employees: (213) 241-2700
    The helpdesk is open 6 a.m. to 6 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.