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  • Updated COVID-19 Policies for Spring 2022 Semester

    Please note Los Angeles Unified updated these guidelines on January 12, 2022.

    Los Angeles Unified will continue to collaborate with our health partners at the county and state levels, as well as our panel of medical experts and university partners. We also continue to review updates to county, state and federal guidance on a daily basis, and we may adjust policies accordingly. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

    In preparation for schools reopening on January 11, and in light of the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, we are making changes to our health and safety protocols.

    Please note the following updates:

    • The first day of the Los Angeles Unified Spring semester for all K-12 students will now be on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
    • Monday, January 10, 2022, will be designated as a Pupil Free Day for school site employees.
    • Los Angeles Unified now requires COVID-19 testing for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, before the first week back from winter break. All students and employees will be required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to come onto campus on January 11.
      • Employees and students can get a baseline test beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.
      • For information on testing centers and to make a COVID-19 test appointment at a Los Angeles Unified site, please visit or call the Family Help Desk at (213) 443-1300. While appointments are encouraged, no appointment is needed for Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 tests. For a link of operating hours by testing site, please visit
      • COVID-19 at-home rapid self-tests are available for K-12 students. Please pick up your student’s free at-home COVID-19 rapid self-tests on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at any of our 63 Grab & Go sites. Each student may receive two self-tests. Please visit for a map of pickup locations. If a student is using this test to meet the baseline test requirement, please take a photo of the test results alongside a written confirmation of the student’s full legal name, date of birth and test date, must be uploaded onto the Daily Pass by January 10. For more information on how to administer these tests, please visit 
    • Families may upload external PCR or antigen tests, or at-home tests. Please make sure to upload onto the student’s Daily Pass account no later than Monday January 10, 2022.
    • Weekly testing will continue for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, through the month of January.
    • If a student or employee has tested positive they must isolate for at least five days. 
      • Individuals who test positive may be released from isolation and return to school on Day 6, provided all symptoms are improving, they are fever-free for the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and they have a negative (antigen) test result from a test taken on or after Day 5. 
      • It is important that any externally administered, positive test result is added to the Daily Pass as soon as it is received.
      • Please see a graphic that outlines the isolation protocols here.
    • In accordance with Los Angeles County Public Health guidance, Los Angeles Unified is implementing the practice of modified quarantine (“test to stay”) for TK-12 students and all employees. This practice preserves in-person learning while keeping schools as safe as possible. 
      • All close contacts must monitor symptoms and wear a surgical grade mask for 10 days after the last day of exposure.
      • Asymptomatic students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic employees who are fully vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, do not have to quarantine if they are a close contact (they are considered exempt). They should test on day 5 after exposure. 
      • If the close contact occurred at school, and specific conditions are met, close contact students in grades TK-12 who are not fully vaccinated and employees who are booster eligible but have not received a booster can remain on campus in modified quarantine. This means they can go to work or attend school during the day but are not allowed to participate in before or after school programming, clubs, sports or Beyond the Bell. These individuals will test twice weekly and will be released from modified quarantine on day 6, provided they are negative on their tests and asymptomatic. 
      • Close contacts are placed in at-home quarantine if they do not qualify for an exemption and/or if the modified quarantine parameters are not met. These individuals test on day 5 after exposure and can return to campus on day 6 if they receive a negative test result and are asymptomatic.
    • Masking will be required at all times, indoors and outdoors. It is strongly recommended that all students wear well-fitting, non-cloth masks with a nose wire. All employees are required to wear surgical grade masks or higher.
      • Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide these kinds of masks to students and employees if they need them. Additionally, these masks will be available at our testing and Grab & Go sites.
    • Vaccinations remain a key element in reducing the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and communities, and will be required for students 12 and older at the start of the Fall 2022 semester.
      • Anyone 5 years or older is eligible for the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
      • Booster shots are available for anyone 16 and older, at least six months after their second dose.
      • For information on available vaccination sites, please visit
    • Daily Pass health screening is required for all who enter school campuses.

    Keeping our schools safe is a top priority for Los Angeles Unified. We all have a role in keeping our schools safe. Thank you for doing your part. Your feedback and partnership are appreciated. As a united Los Angeles Unified community, we will work together to ensure the safety of our students. We also thank our families and employees for the ongoing support and patience as we continue to provide our students with the best possible education in the safest possible environment.

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  • What to Do If You Receive a Positive Test for COVID-19

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    If there is a positive case at your child’s school and you have not been directly contacted by your school, you do not have to change your in-person routine.

    For more information, visit our COVID-19 FAQ:

    To see if there are any active cases at your school, visit the COVID-19 Testing School Report Card:


  • What to Do if You or Your Child is Exposed to COVID-19

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    If there is a positive case at your child’s school and you have not been directly contacted by your school, you do not have to change your in-person routine.

    For more information, visit our COVID-19 FAQ:

    To see if there are any active cases at your school, visit the COVID-19 Testing School Report Card:


  • 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.

  • New COVID-19 Policies for Spring 2022 Semester

    Please note that all policies are subject to change as case rates change and guidance from health officials evolves. Learn more at