Safe Steps to Safe Schools


  • STUDENT VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

  • Who is required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • What happens if my student does not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

  • Why is Los Angeles Unified mandating student vaccinations?

  • Where can I take my student to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • Has the student vaccine requirement been extended to students ages 5-11?

  • How do I make an appointment for my child who is 5-11 years old?

  • Can my student still attend school if they do not get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • What enrollment options exist for my student if they decline the vaccine?

  • Can my student participate in in-person extracurricular activities (eg sports, after school programs, district sponsored events) if they are not fully vaccinated?

  • Will my student be required to get booster shots?

  • Do all of the COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson) fulfill the requirement?

  • What if my student got vaccinated in another country?

  • Does my student need to carry their vaccine card with them at all times?

  • By when does my student need to get vaccinated?

  • What does “Fully-Vaccinated” mean?

  • My student turns 12 after Monday, January 10. How much time do we have to be fully vaccinated?

  • Will this requirement change regular testing requirements?

  • What do I do if I have lost my vaccination card?

  • What is a qualified exemption or conditional admission?

  • Are there religious exemptions for students?

  • Where can families find the Student Vaccine Exemption form?

  • Who can my child talk to if they have concerns?

  • What if my child has a reaction to the vaccine and has to stay home from school?

  • Are vaccinations required for students who attend charter schools?

  • Do parents or guardians need to accompany students to be vaccinated?

  • Do students need parental consent to be vaccinated?

  • Will these policies apply to students under 12 when they are authorized?

  • Why is Los Angeles Unified mandating vaccinations for students in extracurriculars earlier than other students?

  • If my child has already had COVID-19, do they still need to be vaccinated? Why?

  • What is acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination for the Daily Pass and Los Angeles Unified's verification process?

  • How do I submit my child's medical exemption form?

  • What is the process for submitting medical exemptions?

  • What action do I have to take if my eligible student is considered conditionally admitted?


  • EMPLOYEE VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

  • Will the District require employees to be vaccinated?

  • What does “Fully-Vaccinated” mean?

  • Will the District allow employees time for getting vaccinated, for vaccine reaction, and protect the notification/privacy of appointments and vaccination status?

  • What if an employee refuses to be vaccinated due to a disability/medical condition or sincerely held religious belief?

  • Do I have to be vaccinated if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • When will employees receive educational information about the vaccines and vaccination process?

  • How will the District address concerns from individuals who are vaccine-hesitant?

  • Will the District continue COVID-19 testing after the vaccination policy goes into effect? Will testing frequency change for vaccinated employees?

  • What is the reasonable accommodation process that will be followed?

  • Do I have to be vaccinated if I have already had COVID-19?

  • Must employees utilize the Daily Pass to verify their vaccination status?

  • What are the consequences of an employee failing to comply with the vaccine requirement?

  • Will there be a waiver for those on Leaves of Absences and not at work, such as an employee who is out on parental bonding time?

  • Are Los Angeles Unified employees required to take time off to receive the vaccination or do so outside of work hours?

  • Must Los Angeles Unified on-campus volunteers be vaccinated?

  • Do employees get additional time off for booster shots?

  • What is the District's implementation timeline for this policy?


  • ACCESSING THE VACCINE

  • Will Los Angeles Unified administer vaccines?

  • How do I make an appointment to get vaccinated?

  • What vaccine will Los Angeles Unified provide?

  • Are COVID-19 vaccines free?

  • Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

  • What do I need to bring to my vaccine appointment?


  • VACCINE SAFETY AND SCIENCE

  • Why should I vaccinate my child if cases are low and children aren't severely impacted by COVID-19?

  • Are the vaccines safe for youth?

  • What side effects are seen in adolescents?

  • Why is the vaccine only for adolescents 12 and over? When do you expect vaccines to be available for younger children?

  • Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

  • After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

  • Where can I get trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines in general?

  • Where can I get trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines for youth?

  • Do I need two vaccinations?


  • COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

  • Will temperatures be checked before entering a school or office?

  • What happens if my child has to quarantine? Will my child continue with their learning?

  • What happens if an employee or student tests positive for the virus?

  • If I test positive for COVID-19, can I take another test to confirm?

  • What isolation instructions will be given if an employee or student tests positive?

  • Does an employee or student who tested positive need to take another test before returning to work or school?

  • Will schools and school buses be cleaned more often?

  • What is the distinction between isolation and quarantine?

  • What should I do if I or anyone in my household has COVID-19 like symptoms?

  • What should an employee do if a member of their household tests positive?

  • What is the quarantine policy for students or staff considered a "close contact" to someone who tested positive for the virus?

  • What should I do if my child or I are in close contact with someone suspected of being positive for COVID-19?

  • Do vaccinated students without symptoms have to quarantine with their class?

  • What is a “close contact” to a case and what does it mean to be a close contact?

  • What determines if a class will close, or a school will close because of an outbreak?

  • Do household members of close contacts have to take the same precautions?

  • Will I know about an outbreak in my student's school?

  • I was tested for COVID-19 at a non-Los Angeles Unified site, and tested positive. What should I do?

  • Who is in the Community Engagement team?

  • What is considered the first day of quarantine?


  • LOS ANGELES UNIFIED'S TESTING PROGRAM

  • Why is Los Angeles Unified conducting its own COVID-19 testing?

  • How often will the students and staff who work on campus be tested for COVID?

  • Why are employees and students being asked to take a test within 14 days of their return to a school site?

  • What if a student does not want to participate in the testing program?

  • Will all students be tested?

  • Will Early Childhood Education and Adult School students and staff be part of the testing program?

  • What will happen if my child is absent on the day testing is scheduled?

  • Do infants participating in the District’s infant care program need to get tested?

  • Is Los Angeles Unified working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health?

  • Will my test results be shared with any other entities and/or agencies?

  • Why do vaccinated staff and students have to participate in periodic testing?

  • Can my supervisor ask to see my test results?

  • Will students and staff in independent charter schools be part of the program?

  • Can I talk to someone who speaks Spanish if I have any questions?

  • Can a relative or friend of a student get tested for COVID-19?

  • What should I do if I don’t get a Daily Pass? When can I return to work or school?


  • WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCHEDULING AND TAKING A LOS ANGELES UNIFIED COVID TEST

  • What is the testing process for employees and students who have made an appointment at a stationary site?

  • Will I be able to choose the kind of COVID-19 test I receive?

  • Who is conducting the testing?

  • How much does testing cost?

  • What safety precautions are being taken during the testing process?

  • Is consent required for the COVID-19 test?

  • Can an employee or student be tested by their own healthcare provider?

  • As an LA Unified employee, can I return to work after taking a test?

  • How long does it take to receive test results?

  • What should I do if my test result is inconclusive, invalid or if I don’t receive a result within 2 days?

  • Where can I find my child’s student ID since I need to enter their Student ID to schedule an appointment?

  • Do I need to submit a hard copy of the consent and authorization forms?

  • If I’m symptomatic can I get a COVID-19 test at the school to enter the campus?

  • Can I call the help desk and ask them to schedule an appointment for me over the phone?

  • If I miss my appointment, can I reschedule my test?

  • What if I am having trouble booking an appointment?


  • DAILY PASS

  • What is the Daily Pass?

  • What is needed in order to enter a school or a District office?

  • What are the Daily Health Check screening questions?

  • Can anyone use the Daily Pass to schedule a COVID-19 test?

  • Who can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment on the Daily Pass?

  • Who can get a Daily Pass QR code?

  • How far in advance can the Daily Health Check be completed?

  • What happens if the Daily Health Check questions are answered incorrectly?

  • Does the Daily Health Check need to be completed for every site visited?

  • Is the use of the Daily Pass going to be mandated for all sites?

  • What if someone does not have a device or does not want to use the Daily Pass on their personal phone?

  • How will the Daily Pass QR code be used?

  • Who will have access to the information in the Daily Pass?

  • What if an employee or student develops symptoms during the day?

  • What are the next steps if access to a Daily Pass is not obtained?


  • VENDORS & CONTRACTORS

  • Will Los Angeles Unified School District require Vendors and Contractors to be vaccinated?

  • What authority does District have to impose a vaccination requirement for Vendors?

  • What does “fully-vaccinated” mean?

  • What proof of vaccination documentation will District accept from Vendors?

  • Will District pay Vendors for the time it will take for them to have their employees vaccinated?

  • Can Vendors qualify for an exemption?

  • Are my staff who provide services virtually (i.e., on line) still required to be vaccinated?

  • Will District be offering vaccinations for its Vendors?

  • Whom do I contact if I have questions?

  • If my employees work on a construction site and will have no contact with students or staff, do they have to be vaccinated?


  • CAMPUS AND FACILITIES ACCESS / VISITOR POLICIES

  • Parents and Guardians Visiting a Main Office: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as a parent if I am going to visit a campus office for general questions, inquiries and to access information?

  • Parents and Guardians Attending IEP, Intake and Assessments, Mandated Training, and Campus Conferences with Personnel: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill if I am attending a one-on-one or small group session with school personnel that is required, and student-centered?

  • Parents, Families and Community Participating In After-School Sporting Events: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as a spectator in order to attend Los Angeles Unified sporting events held on school facilities?

  • Partnerships and SHHS No-Cost MOUs: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as a service provider that has a Memorandum of Understanding with Los Angeles Unified in order to continue serving at a Los Angeles Unified facility?

  • Parent Organizations (PTA, PTO and Booster Clubs Parent Members): What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as a member of a parent organization (PTA, PTO, Booster Club) if I am volunteering on a Los Angeles Unified campus and facility in order to continue serving at a Los Angeles Unified facility?

  • Facilities Real Estate & Asset Development: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as a third-party organization who is using school facilities after school hours and on weekends under a license or permit, in order to continue serving at a Los Angeles Unified facility?

  • School Volunteer Program: What safety protocols and requirements must I fulfill in order to serve as a school volunteer at a Los Angeles Unified facility?

  • Counselors and Student Teachers HR: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as a college intern from an organization or university who has established an agreement with Los Angeles Unified in order to continue serving at a Los Angeles Unified facility?

  • Vendors/Procurement/Construction: What safety protocols and requirements should I fulfill as an employee of a third-party contractor in order to continue serving at a Los Angeles Unified facility?

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