• Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Testing and Tracing


    Los Angeles Unified will update our COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Program page as more information is available. The following are frequently asked questions for families and employees.

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

  • Why are employees and students being tested before schools reopen?

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

  • Who is conducting the testing?

  • How much does testing cost?

  • 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 is the testing process for employees and students?

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

  • Is consent required for the COVID-19 test?

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

  • What if I am having trouble booking an appointment?

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

  • Can I return to work after taking a test?

  • 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?

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

  • How long does it take to receive test results?

  • 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?

  • Will employees who have to self-quarantine at home get paid?

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

  • 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?

  • When will schools reopen for in-person instruction?

  • Will schools and school buses be cleaned more often?

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

  • What is the distinction between isolation and quarantine?

  • How will administrators or supervisors be informed about their employee’s status?

  • 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?