Safe Steps to Safe Schools

  • Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Testing

  • LOS ANGELES UNIFIED'S TESTING PROGRAM

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

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

  • Who are Los Angeles Unified’s partners on this project?

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

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

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

  • Can my supervisor ask to see my test results?

  • Will all students be tested?

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

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

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

  • What happens if my child does not get tested?

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

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

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

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

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

  • LA County has issued a statement regarding Curative COVID-19 PCR tests. Does the District use Curative COVID-19 PCR tests?


  • COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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

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

  • Will an employee or student need a doctor’s clearance or a note after testing positive?

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

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

  • Will other health screenings be done, in addition to COVID-19 testing?

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

  • 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 to do if I am in close contact with someone suspected of with COVID-19?

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

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

  • When school is in session what happens if a classroom teacher or student tests positive?

  • Who is in the Community Engagement team?

  • What do I need to do if I have traveled out of the country before returning to work?


  • COVID TESTING APPOINTMENTS

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

  • What if I am having trouble booking an appointment?


  • WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SCHEDULING AND TAKING AN LA UNIFIED COVID TEST

  • What is the testing process for employees and students?

  • 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?

  • What if I am having trouble booking an appointment?

  • Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • Will Los Angeles Unified administer vaccines?

  • How do I make an appointment to get vaccinated?

  • What vaccine will Los Angeles Unified provide?

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

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

  • Will students be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend school in-person?

  • Will vaccines be required for Los Angeles Unified employees?

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

  • Does Los Angeles Unified still encourage students, employees and household members to get tested and will it continue to offer tests?

  • Do I need two vaccinations?

  • 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?

  • Frequently Asked Questions About the Daily Pass

  • What is the Daily Pass?

  • How is the Daily Pass accessed?

  • 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?

  • How will temperature be checked?

  • What is a normal temperature range to be allowed on campus?

  • What temperature is considered a fever for Los Angeles Unified?

  • Can a temperature re-check be administered if a temperature is 100° F and over?

  • What happens if a temperature reading is still 100° F or over after the recheck?

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

  • What are the next steps if access to a campus or District facility is not obtained?

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