COVID-19 CONTAINMENT, RESPONSE
AND CONTROL PLAN
February 1, 2021
I. Site Specific Planning Form ………………………… p. 3
II. Reopening Models ………………………… p. 5
A. Three Models: In-School, Hybrid, and Distance Learning
B. Health and Safety Compliance
III. Operations Plan ………………………… p. 8
A. Social Distancing
B. Material Sharing
C. Signs, Messages and Training Protocols
D. School Building Protocols
E. Daily Operations
F. Child Nutrition
G. Transportation
IV. Health Practices and Protocols ………………………… p. 19
A. Practices and Protocols
B. Reporting Illnesses and Addressing Vulnerable Populations
C. Use of Face Coverings, Masks, Face Shields
V. Health Monitoring and Containment Plan ………………………… p. 29
A. Health Monitoring & Health Office Guidance
B. Containment of Infection
C. Exposure Management Plan
D. COVID-19 Response Teams & Responsibilities
VI. COVID-19 Surveillance Program ………………………… p. 38
A. COVID-19 Testing
B. Exposure Management Plan
VII. Serving Students with Disabilities ………………………… p. 40
A. IDEA/ADA
VIII. Family and Student Engagement ………………………… p. 43
A. Family Support and Communication
IX. COVID-19 Related Employee Benefits ………………………… p. 44
X. COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist ………………………… p. 46
Table of Contents
This document is to be completed by each site and posted at all LA Unified schools, along with the pre-
filled versions of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Reopening Protocols for
K-12 Schools: Appendices T1 and T2 documents. Measures that apply at all District school sites are
reflected in the pre-filled T1/T2 documents and those that vary by site are listed in the responses below.
School Name: Date Last Revised:
School Address: Location Code:
School Phone Number:
Campus Density
Approximate Square Footage open:
Maximum Student Capacity:
Maximum Number of Staff with physical distancing:
Total Number of Students Enrolled:
25% of Total Number of Students Enrolled:
In-person class size is limited to:
The maximum number of students & staff permitted on campus at
any one time to ensure no more than 25% of total student body and
to maximize physical distancing is:
Services
The Grab & Go Food Center located closest to this school is at:
School Name: Address:
The COVID-19 Test Center located closest to this school is at:
School Name: Address:
I. Site Specific Planning Form
Specialized Services for defined subgroups of children (T1)
Enter the estimated total number of students that will return per grade (if none, enter 0)
TK:
3:
9:
K:
4:
10:
1:
5:
11:
2:
6:
12:
Estimated total number of administrators, teachers, and other employees on campus
supporting resumption of all permitted in-person services for students:
School COVID-19 Compliance Task Force
Name
Job Title
Role
Leader
COVID-19 Compliance Officer
Attendance Monitor
Cleaning/Disinfecting Operations
Exposure Management Advisor
Health Office Manager
Data Collection Manager
Health Office Set-up and Staff
Type of Health Office
Indoor vs.
Outdoor
Location
Staff
Person(s)
Alternate
Runner
General Health Office
(Non-COVID)
Isolation Area
(Recommended Outdoors)
Quarantine Area
School Communications
Information that was sent to parents/students prior to the start of in-person services:
(Check all that apply)
Isolation and quarantine policies as
they
apply to students who have
symptoms or
may have been exposed
to COVID-19
Options for COVID-19 testing if the
student
or a family member has symptoms or
exposure to COVID-19
Changes in school meals to avert risk
Required use of face coverings
How to conduct a symptom check
before
students leave home for school
Changes in academic and extracurricular
programs to avert risk
Importance of student compliance with
physical distancing and infection
control policies
Who to contact at the school if students
have
symptoms or may have been exposed
School policies concerning parent visits
to school and advisability of contact the
school remotely
Importance of providing up-to-date
emergency contact information,
including
multiple parent contact options
*Updates to this form are available at www.achieve.lausd.net/covid19.
(Principal)
(School Administrative Assistant)
(Plant Manager)
(School Nurse)
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Three Models: In-School, Hybrid and Distance Learning
Los Angeles Unified has considered the following three models for continuing to meet the education needs
for
successful learning:
1.
Five full days of in-school Instruction
2.
A Hybrid program of In-School and Remote Learning
3.
Distance learning
Students in grades K-12 will be issued iPads, Chromebooks or laptop computers. Online platforms (such
as Schoology) will be maintained by all teachers to ensure that we are prepared to move seamlessly and
rapidly between in-school instruction, hybrid or distance learning as needed, and to maximize classroom
instruction. High-quality, online resources and technology tools are in place to support differentiation
and personalized learning. We are committed to ensuring that students meet with their teachers, either
in-person or online, on a regular basis. Plans to scale up to in-person instruction will be based on the
science that would support the safety of students and staff and in a manner consistent with changing
public health guidelines and recommendations.
II. Reopening Models
1: In-School
Minimal COVID Spread
2: Hybrid
Moderate COVID Spread
3: Distance Learning
High COVID Spread
This model invites 100% of the
student body to return for five
full days of instruction inside
school buildings.
Selected when there is
very low threat of COVID
spread.
A blend of distance learning and
in-school instruction with
heightened social distancing,
hygiene and sanitizing to
minimize COVID spread.
Selected when the threat of
COVID spread is low or
moderate.
Online instruction.
Selected when the Department
of Public Health has
recommended return to full
distance learning due to high
volume of COVID outbreak
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Health and Safety Compliance
Adjusting to Public Health Data
Working in close partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles
County Office of Education, the Governor’s Office, and experts in the scientific community, we are
monitoring changing health conditions in our community in order to modify plans and respond
accordingly, based on public health data.
Health and Safety
The safety of students and staff is always the District’s priority and of paramount importance during
the current pandemic. The following plan describes the school’s comprehensive approach to
preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 on school campuses. This document is the “COVID-
19 Safety Plan” for the Los Angeles Unified School District and is consistent with the California
Department of Public Health revised guidance issued on January 14, 2021, Los Angeles County Public
health orders and the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3205. This plan does not include
protocols for instructional programs. Response to COVID-19 is a dynamic process and is subject to
change, pending updates to Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Orders and newly
acquired
scientific knowledge that informs District actions.
Los Angeles Unified will continuously monitor the guidance and mandates set forth by those entities
listed above as well as the Center for Disease Control. Updated information and guidance is posted on
the COVID-19 Employee Resources website at https://achieve.lausd.net/covid19.
The COVID-19 Compliance Team (Task Force) for each school should be led by the principal, with a
diverse group of key staff members as team members, including the school nurse and plant manager.
The other members of the team will vary by site, based on each school’s unique needs, but may include;
assistant principal, program coordinator, after-school program supervisor, and others.
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Schools must have a COVID-19 Containment, Response and Control Plan that describes
the
school’s comprehensive approach to preventing and containing the spread of COVID-
19 on campus.
This plan requires the designation of a COVID-19 Compliance Team that is responsible
for
establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 Protocols on campus.
One member of the COVID-19 Compliance team will be designated as a liaison to
the
Department of Public Health (DPH) in the event of an outbreak on campus.
The team will also ensure that the students and staff receive education about COVID-19
and the prevention of disease transmission.
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The principal will be the designated liaison with DPH in the event of an outbreak on campus. The
Principal may also designate staff to act as the COVID-19 Compliance Officer as appropriate. This must
be
someone who is on campus every day. The COVID-19 Compliance Task Force will be responsible for
engaging with students, parents, faculty, and staff to answer questions or concerns about health and
safety requirements regarding COVID-19 and communicating up-to-date policies and procedures to all
families. They will work with Community of Schools (CoS) and Local District administrators to meet
expectations for frequency of communication and updates to the district website
(https://achieve.lausd.net/).
The community will be informed of any critical information or significant changes to district plans by the
Superintendent or designee through a combination of Blackboard Connect messages, emails, and
postings on the District website. Maintaining updated family contact information is a priority for re-
opening, to communicate parent surveys and follow-up communications from each school.
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Social Distancing
Maximizing Distance in Classrooms
All classrooms have been reconfigured to maximize space between students. Based upon the
recommendation of the CDC and DPH guidance, student workstations are spaced to provide a distance
separating students that is 6 feet when feasible. Where 6 feet distance is not possible, physical barriers
are used to minimize close contact. Personal furniture, classroom area rugs/carpets, fabric-covered
items, and extra district furniture will be removed when possible. Principals will ensure that teachers
who need to remove excess personal items can do so at some point in the days prior to students arriving
for in-person instruction.
III. Operations Plan
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Implement measures to ensure physical distancing as students, parents or visitors enter
and move through school buildings.
Implement measures to ensure physical distancing within classrooms.
Maximize social distancing between student workstations, achieving 6 feet when feasible,
when determining the classroom layout. When 6 feet is not possible, physical barriers are
used to minimize close contacts.
Gym class activities are offered outdoors and selected to permit physical distancing:
contact sports are not permitted.
Implement measures to permit physical distancing in school areas used for student support
services.
Implement measures to permit physical distancing in administrative areas of the school.
Implement measures to limit risk of infection due to visits by individuals other than staff
and students.
Implement measures to ensure physical distancing as students, staff and visitors enter and
move through school buildings.
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Wherever possible, teachers will have a designated presentation area in the classroom that is more
than
6 feet from students. Unless separated by a table divider, students will be facing in one direction. Nap
or rest areas in classrooms have been placed 6 feet apart and alternating feet to head. Teaching
methods have been modified to avoid close contact between students for any classes that may
usually
involve group activities.
Instructional activities and PE classes are offered outdoors when possible. Outdoor activities will only
include those that allow for physical distancing. All contact sports are not allowed. Access to locker
rooms will only be allowed when supervision is possible to ensure physical distancing. This may
include
staggered room access and relaxed dress out policies.
Social Distancing Throughout Campus
Social distancing will be maximized to the greatest extent possible, with the standard goal of six feet.
Other mitigating factors may be used when social distancing is not feasible, such as clear plastic or solid
surface barriers that can be cleaned and sanitized often. Signage will be posted to maintain 6-foot
distance between office personnel. Tape, signs or other markings will be used to define a 6-foot radius
around reception desks or counters. Workstations will be arranged to permit 6 feet between individuals
sharing a space or between office personnel and students.
Visual cues will be provided wherever possible to support compliance with social distancing for all
individuals. Distances, paths of travel, and reduced seating may be marked by various means such as
”Six Feet Apart Please” signage, stickers, cones, blue painter’s tape, chalk, caution barricade tape, or
other means.
School employees may be deployed in hallways and areas where lines tend to form to assure physical
distancing as students enter, go through symptom checks and proceed to classrooms. Stairways may
be designated for up or down traffic to avoid crowding and hallways may be designated for one-way
traffic.
Material Sharing
Instructional Resources
Protocols have been developed to minimize the need to have multiple students sharing high touch
materials to the greatest extent possible. In doing so, the sharing of materials between students will be
restricted. These materials include, but are not limited to books, computers, calculators, writing
utensils,
computer keyboards/headphones, hall passes, art supplies, and learning aids. Single-use
disposable
materials are encouraged when feasible. Each school will try to supply each student with
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their own materials when feasible, but if school materials must be used by multiple students, no two
individuals may use the same materials on a given day without being cleaned and disinfected between
users. Additionally, all school materials used by students will be disinfected between users and at the
end of the school day. If a student is assigned a specific cubby or locker to store his or her personal
belongings, it can only be accessed while socially distant and within their cohort. Cubbies and lockers
may not be shared.
Communication/Paper
General paper flyers and communications to all school communities, parents and students should be
digital whenever possible, such as email, text message, or video to limit the distribution of paper
materials. If forms are distributed on site, a staff member is to place forms on a table or counter as each
individual is assisted, to minimize the spread of germs. Do not place forms or flyers in stacks for
people
to help themselves. Equipment, devices, and completed paperwork should be placed in a collection
box. Items should not be handed directly between two people.
Writing Instruments/Tool
Encourage people to use their own writing tools. Do not re-use pens or pencils. Once a provided writing
utensil has been used, place it in a collection box to be sanitized for later use. Equipment and devices
such as chrome books should be placed in a box on the counter or table with the parent on one side
and
the employee on the other side. Items should not be handed directly between two people. Visually
verify paper signatures and have each person place their forms in a designated collection box. Store
boxes of collected items and completed forms in a secure, dry storage area for a minimum of 48 hours
and sanitize as necessary.
Commonly shared items in breakrooms such as coffee pots and dishes must be replaced with single use
items.
Signs, Messages, and Training Protocols
Signs and messages explaining district protocols and expectations to stop the spread of disease will be
posted throughout our schools. These signs are age-appropriate and in languages representative of our
community. Staff members will all be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies and
will have in-service training for ensuring health and safety in the workplace.
Signs will be posted in highly visible locations, such as school entrances and restrooms that
describe how to stop the spread of germs (i.e. handwashing, face masks).
Regular announcements will be made on reducing the spread of COVID-19 through the school’s
PA system.
When communicating with families (school website, social media) messages will include health
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hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing habits to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Signs and messages related to disease transmission will be accessible for students with disabilities
and in languages appropriate for the school population.
School reopening safety signage from LAUSD Reprographics is available for schools at
https://www.lausdrepro.net/category/SchoolReopeningCOVID19Items.
Staff members will attend mandatory training on health and safety protocols before in person
instruction will begin. All staff members, including substitutes, who are hired after this date will be
required to complete training before their first day of work. Topics covered in the training will include
social distancing, cleaning protocols, Health Office referrals and hygiene practices. Additional video
training may be provided to students and families so they can practice before the start of school. In-
person student instruction on new school protocols, will include topics regarding expectations in health
and safety practices.
School Building Protocols
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
HVAC systems will be inspected and tested regularly to confirm they operate properly.
Ventilation systems will be maintained “on” when buildings are in use and as long as possible
over a
24-hour period.
HVAC filters are being upgraded to a MERV 13 rating or as high as possible provided the unit is
able to operate safely. The filters will be inspected and changed at least quarterly.
HVAC systems will be set to maximize indoor/outdoor air exchanges unless outdoor conditions
(recent fire, high outdoor temperature, humidity, and pollen levels) make this inappropriate.
Doors and windows are kept open during the school day when feasible and outdoor conditions make
this appropriate.
Outdoor instruction will be used when feasible and where safety conditions and physical space
allow.
If the HVAC system is not operational, then additional ventilation should be provided with the
use of fans or classes can be relocated until repairs are completed.
The COVID-19 isolation areas should be outdoors to maximize ventilation and minimize
exposures
to COVID-19 infection when feasible. Under no circumstances should an isolation or
quarantine area be in a room without a functioning HVAC system.
Bathroom Protocols and Cleaning
Social distancing will be maintained in communal bathrooms. The following bathroom protocols will be
implemented:
All bathrooms will be serviced and high touch areas disinfected at least twice a day. Full cleaning
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and disinfecting using electrostatic equipment will be conducted by the night cleaning crew once
per day.
Bathroom occupancy will vary by each bathroom but 6-foot social distancing will be maintained.
Signs or physical barriers may be placed on alternating bathroom stalls or sinks.
Students and staff will be given frequent opportunities to wash their hands for 20 seconds with
soap and water. Paper towels will be provided to dry hands thoroughly.
No personal items may be stored within the bathroom (including staff bathrooms).
Trash cans will be placed near the door and students and staff will be instructed to use a paper
towel to prevent touching the handle with their hands.
Bathrooms may be designated for specific cohorts by posting signs. If more than one cohort is
designated to a bathroom, then a color-coded or symbol system will be used to minimize students
from different cohorts using the bathroom at the same time.
A restroom will also need to be designated for individuals in the isolation and quarantine areas.
This restroom must be cleaned and sanitized before other occupants may use it.
Water systems
Students and staff will be encouraged to bring their own water or refillable bottles.
Drinking fountains and bottle filling stations will be turned off.
Bottled water will be available.
Drinking water sources such as food preparation facets will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
Water systems will be thoroughly flushed after long periods of inactivity.
Cleaning Protocols
Los Angeles Unified will follow DPH and CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting schools.
Routine cleaning of all buildings will occur daily, with common areas and high touch surfaces
disinfected at least twice daily including between all cohorts. Common areas include main office,
breakrooms, restrooms, classrooms, all health office areas, and other areas if in use, such as
auditorium, cafeteria and library. High touch surfaces include door handles, desks, tables,
countertops, phones, keyboards, elevator switches, handrails, touch screens, printers/copiers
and other shared surfaces.
Health Office areas including the Health Office, isolation area, and quarantine area, may require
more frequent cleaning and rapid response as needed.
High touch playground equipment may be taken out of use and replaced with no-touch
playground games.
When shared supplies (such art and laboratory equipment) cannot be individualized, objects and
surfaces will be cleaned between users.
Only District-approved disinfectants effective against COVID-19 that meet all Federal and State
standards (listed on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list “N”) will be used.
Click
here for the list of District approved disinfectants, https://bit.ly/2GaGJec.
When possible, cleaning and disinfecting products with asthma-safer ingredients will be selected
to reduce the risk of asthma.
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School bathrooms will be serviced and sanitized at least twice daily. Additional disinfecting will
be
implemented when an individual with COVID-19 symptoms has used a bathroom.
Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment will be worn during cleaning in accordance with
cleaning and disinfectant product directions.
Custodial and other staff responsible for cleaning and disinfecting school surfaces will be trained
on the manufacturer’s directions and as required by the Healthy Schools Act, as applicable.
Enhanced cleaning will be conducted when students are not at school or during periods of lowest
occupancy with adequate time to let spaces air out before the start of the school day or between
cohorts.
All cleaning products will be kept out of reach for children and stored in secured locations.
Other Considerations
Supplies of soap, paper towels, and tissues will be available.
Protective Plexiglas Guards will be installed at reception desks/food service lines.
Personal refrigerators, microwave ovens, and coffee machines are prohibited from classrooms.
Daily Operations
Cohort groups
According to the CDC, cohorting may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:
decreasing opportunities for exposure or transmission of SARS-CoV-2,
reducing contact with shared surfaces,
facilitating more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case, and allowing
for targeted testing, quarantine, and/or isolation of a single cohort instead of school-
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
During this period of distance learning, four types of on-site programming are permitted:
1. Day care for school-aged children and/or child care programs located in schools,
2. Specialized services for defined subgroups of children who need in-person services and
support,
3. On-site instruction of children in grades TK-2 by schools that have received a Department
of Public Health waiver for in-person education,
4. Students may come on campus for supervised administration of college admission tests,
including PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams.
Both types of programming must be provided to children either individually or in cohorts.
The use of school facilities for non-school purposes (community meetings or events) is not
permitted.
Implement measures to limit visits by individuals other than students and staff.
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wide measures in the event of a positive case or cluster of cases.
Implementation of this strategy can vary, depending on setting and resources. For example, cohorts may
alternate by days or weeks, with cohorts assigned to specific days or weeks. They may adopt a hybrid
approach, with some cohorts assigned to in-person learning and others assigned to online learning. (CDC
Resource).
Cohorts are small groups of students and staff who spend the instructional day together. The practice of
cohorting is long established in public schooling, as students are traditionally assigned to classes with
specific teachers. Cohorts will be a stable group of no more than 12 students or youth and no more than
two supervising adults. Each cohort will be maintained in a supervised environment in which supervising
adults and children stay together for all activities (such as meals, recreation, etc.) and avoid contact with
people outside of their group. To the extent possible, use of outdoor space for at least 50% of the day is
encouraged.
If some students are part-time participants in the cohort, other students cannot be added to the group to
reach the maximum number of 12 at all times. Only the original 12 members shall be designated to each
cohort. Aides assigned to individual students do not have to be counted as supervising adults, but they
must be counted against the maximum of 14 individuals who can be included in a cohort. A supervising
adult may be childcare staff, certificated or classified school staff. A supervising adult maybe assigned to 2
different stable cohorts if they offer specialized services/support that cannot be provided by any other
supervising adult.
Students who are part of a cohort may leave the cohort to receive specialized services in other locations on
campus. Specialized services may include occupational therapy, speech and language services, behavioral
services or assessments. Any additional services, must be provided one-on-one by the appropriate
specialist in a secure space that is apart from all other people. No child may be part of more than one
cohort.
The total number of cohorts on a campus is not limited and is subject to the needs of the students.
However, the total student population on-campus may not exceed 25% of the total student body at any
one time. The 25% limit does not apply to school age children on campus receiving day care while engaged
in distance learning activities, nor does it apply to students in grades TK-2 returning after granting of a
school waiver.
The hybrid model of instruction extends the cohorting practice for both group size and presence in
schools. In the hybrid model, students will be assigned to cohorts.
Where feasible and appropriate, therapeutic and support activities will be conducted virtually. Student
activities and elective classes will be taught remotely. Sharing
of equipment and supplies will be
avoided where possible. Should equipment need to be shared, it
must be sanitized before and after
each use by a different student and/or employee. Furniture and equipment used for support services
will be arranged to promote 6-foot distance between any two students and/or between students and
staff.
The School Nurse will train classroom staff on basic first aid and schools will provide basic first aid
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supplies in order to reduce the intermixing of cohorts in the health office areas.
Pre-K - Grade 5: The primary cohort group for students in Pre-K through Grade 5 is their classroom. Class
groups will be as consistent as feasible, with the same class group remaining with the same staff for the
day when practical. Mixing of groups will be limited to the greatest extent possible. Students will remain
in their cohort group in their classrooms, as well as during Physical Education, Library, Art,
Music, lunch
and recess.
Middle and Secondary School Grades 6-12: Students will be grouped into classes by cohort. Students
will remain with their cohort in the same room while teachers will transition between classes.
Communal Spaces: Communal spaces such as cafeterias, playgrounds, auditoriums, and libraries will be
cleaned and disinfected between cohorts. Schedules may be adjusted to ensure that only one cohort is
moving through common spaces (such as hallways and bathrooms) at a given time. Movement within
hallways will be staggered to further reduce potential exposure.
Elevator capacity will be limited to the number of people that can be accommodated while maintaining
6-foot distance between riders.
Outside Organizations: Use of the school facilities by outside organizations will not be permitted.
Visitors: Visits to the school by individuals other than students and staff shall be avoided whenever
feasible and limited to those who are essential for the school’s operation. Parents of enrolled students
are encouraged to conduct business with school personnel remotely. All visitors must check-in and
provide their name, phone number and email address, so that they can be contacted if there is an
exposure during their visit. Visitors will be encouraged to come by appointment and alone. If a visitor
must be
accompanied by another person (e.g. for translation, visitor is a minor or has minor students),
then their information needs to be captured in the visitor log as well.
Movement of visitors within the school will be limited to designated areas such as the main office,
conference rooms, lobby and public restroom. Visitors are not permitted to interact with any cohorts.
All visitors will be required to wear a face covering at all times. This applies to all adults and to children
2
years of age or older. Visitors must arrange for an alternative family member to conduct business on
campus if they are not able to wear a face covering. If a visitor arrives without a face covering, one will
be
provided. Any parent/guardian picking up a student who has been placed on isolation or
quarantine, must stay outside campus and the student will be brought to them for dismissal.
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Child Nutrition
Meal Program Compliance
Breakfast and lunch, compliant with USDA guidelines, will continue to be available for all students. Our
Grab & Go Food Centers are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 10 am. Three meals are
provided per person. All students and anyone below 18 years of age will be provided meals at no
charge.
Los Angeles Unified will continue to provide nutritious meals to students and community members
who
need them while students are learning in virtual classrooms. Anyone who arrives during open hours
will be able to receive food.
The Grab & Go Food Center located closest to this school is listed in Section I, “Site Specific Planning
Form” on page 3. For a complete list of all the Grab & Go Food Centers or to view the map, go to the
LAUSD webpage: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/16904.
Student Meals and Food Service
Plan for Students on Campus
Students will be provided 3 meals in a bag to take home with them. If students will be consuming
meals
at school, they will be located outdoors instead of in a communal cafeteria whenever possible.
Individuals from different cohorts will not be permitted to intermingle during nutrition periods. If meals
take place in the cafeteria, mealtimes will be staggered to only allow one cohort at a time.
Space between tables and/or chairs will be increased to 6 feet or marked off. Barriers between tables
and chairs may also be utilized when 6 feet distance is not possible.
If students will need to line up to pick up food, tape or other markings will be used to assure 6-foot
distance between students. Staff supervision will be exercised during this period to remind students of
physical distance requirements and to prevent any mixing of students from different cohorts. Buffet or
family-style meals have been eliminated.
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Students will be served meals under the Summer Food School Program (SFSP) and the Child &
Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Three meals, breakfast, lunch and supper will be served
daily to all students at no charge.
Schools and institutions must comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)
regulations and policies for school meals and milk including the meal pattern requirements.
Food preparation and service operations have been redesigned, where possible, to achieve
physical distancing between employees.
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Plan for In School Classes and Distance Learning
The plan for the hybrid model of in school classes along with distance learning would incorporate both
types of meal services as already identified above. Parent pick up of meals would be utilized on the
day(s)
that school was not in session of the day(s) that the students are in distance learning.
Where possible, use disposable food service items (e.g., utensils, dishes). If disposable items are not
feasible, ensure that all non-disposable food service items are handled with gloves and washed with
dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. Individuals should wash their hands after removing their
gloves and after handling food service items.
Avoid sharing food and utensils to ensure the safety of children with food allergies and prevent the
transmission of COVID-19.
Plan for Student Food Allergies
Students with Special diets will be provided meals per their physician’s advice.
Transportation
Bus Transportation
Buses will not be filled to capacity to maintain physical distance when transporting students
to school. Passengers will load into the bus from the back row to the front (where the first
passengers onto the bus sit in the back row) and then unload the bus in a controlled manner
upon arrival at the school from front to back by seat.
Bus arrivals may be staggered to permit more than one trip per bus and decrease crowding at drop-off
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
All passengers will be required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering that completely
covers the nose and mouth during transit, prior to boarding the bus, and must be kept in
place until they are completely off the bus.
Passengers will load into the bus from the back row to the front (where the first passengers
onto the bus sit in the back row) and then unload the bus in a controlled manner upon
arrival at the school from front to back by seat.
Bus passengers should be spaced with family members sitting together and non-family
members should be spaced 6 feet apart utilizing alternating rows (strongly
recommended but not required).
Windows should be open if air quality and rider safety concerns allow.
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points. Parents are encouraged to transport their students to and from school whenever possible to
enable increased social distancing on buses. Parents may request a student to be added to a bus roster.
Accommodations will be made when space is available.
Bus Protocols
Bus driver will conduct the Daily Pass health check before allowing the students to board.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to stay nearby until the bus driver pulls away from the bus
stop in case a student does not pass the daily screening.
Students who report symptoms, experience exposure or who have a temperature of 100° F and
above will be quarantined at the nearest school by the drop-off, if the parent is unable to pick
up the student immediately.
Students will be seated one student to a seat, window to window.
Windows will be open to increase ventilation if air quality and rider safety allow.
Face coverings or masks are required for all bus occupants. Disposable masks will be made
available to any student boarding the bus without a mask.
Bus drivers and bus monitors must wear face masks when there are students or more than one
person on the bus.
Buses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily and after transporting any individual who is
exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 with District approved products that are listed on the EPA’s
list “N” of effective products for COVID-19. Frequently touched surfaces are
disinfected after
every completed bus route.
Drivers will be provided disposable gloves and any other required personal protection
equipment (PPE) as needed for use with cleaning products.
Students are expected to have and wear a face mask at the bus pick-up spot, but buses will have
disposable masks available for students who do not have one.
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Practices and Protocols
Standard Public Health, Hygiene Practices and Instruction
Standard Public Health, Hygiene Practices, and Instruction
Los Angeles Unified Schools will promote health and hygiene practices that prioritize keeping our
students and staff safe. District-created videos, CDC videos, posters, signs and classroom instruction
will be used to educate students and families in our new health protocols. Families will be provided
with informational packet prior to the start of in-person instruction so they can begin to practice
protocols at home and acclimate students to the concepts of social distancing, frequent hand washing,
correct use of face coverings to completely cover nose and mouth, and respiratory and cough etiquette.
The following health and hygiene practices will be observed:
1. Hand Hygiene
Teaching and reinforcement of hand washing with soap and water for at least 20
seconds.
If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol will be
made available at school entrances and every classroom. They will be kept in secure
areas
and used by students with supervision.
All students and staff will perform hand hygiene on campus at the start of each day.
Hand-washing breaks will be incorporated into all students’ daily routines, including
before
and after: eating or drinking, outdoor play, group activities, preparing food,
touching one’s face and face covering, and using the restroom.
Hand-washing signs will be posted as visual reminders.
Staff are instructed to model frequent hand washing, especially in lower grades.
2. Face Coverings
All students, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings/masks while on District
sites or being transported by a bus unless exempt by a medical professional or 2
years of
age or younger.
Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own face covering but will be provided
with one if they do not have one.
Wearing a face covering does not eliminate the need to social distance or wash hands
frequently.
3. Social distancing
Social distancing will be maximized to the greatest extent possible with the standard goal
of 6 feet.
When eating or drinking, it is preferred to do so outdoors and away from others,
including visitors. For staff eating or drinking at a cubicle or workstation is preferred to
IV. Health Practices and Protocols
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eating in a breakroom if eating in a cubicle or workstation provides greater distance
from and barriers between staff.
4. Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection of Surfaces
Staff members responsible for cleaning and disinfecting will be provided training on the
appropriate and safe use of all provided cleaners and disinfectants.
5. Provide Adequate Supplies
All bathrooms will be supplied with adequate amounts of soap and paper towels.
Hand sanitizer will be provided to all classrooms and student areas that do not have
hand-
washing stations, and will be available at the entrance of buildings, offices,
stairway
entrances and elevators and reception areas.
All students and staff will be provided with a cloth or disposable face coverings by
request
or if they do not have one.
Disposable gloves will be provided to staff for medical uses, cleaning/disinfection and
when handling food items.
Facial tissues will be available in each classroom or office area.
Reporting Illnesses and Addressing Vulnerable Populations
Stay at Home Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ordinarily, deciding when a child or staff member is too sick to go to school or work can be a difficult
decision. For as long as the risk of community spread of COVID-19 remains, the guidelines below and
advice from a health care provider should be consulted when symptoms are experienced. COVID-19 is
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Develop a plan or protocol, for steps that will be taken immediately upon notification of
school officials that any member of the school community (faculty, staff, student or visitor)
test positive for or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Instruct students and staff to inform the school if they are sick with COVID-19 related
symptoms, particularly if they had a known contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
and have also had contact with the school population.
Educate staff and families about when to stay home.
Instruct staff and students (or their parents and guardians) to perform a self-
assessment prior to leaving for school to identify fever and other possible COVID-19
symptoms. Communicate this expectation and provide parents with reminders about
the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 that require keeping their students at home.
Establish screening protocol that is conducted before students, visitors and staff may
enter the school. These checks can be done remotely (using a digital app or other
verifiable approach) or in person upon arrival.
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an illness caused by a virus that can spread person to person. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild
(or no symptoms) to severe illness. The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets when an
infected person talks, coughs or sneezes. The virus may also be airborne or transmitted by touching a
surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Anyone with
COVID-19 symptoms or COVID-19 exposure must not attend school or work and should inform the
school if they are sick with COVID-19 related symptoms or if they have had known contact with
someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person
for greater than 15 cumulative minutes within a 24-hour period, or unprotected contact with body
fluids of infected person.
1.
COVID-19 symptoms can vary, but symptoms may include:
Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (F)
Chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea
If a student or staff member experiences any of the above symptoms, they must stay home and should
contact their health care provider for further instruction. They must also notify the school of their
absence and any COVID-19 symptoms.
2.
COVID-19 exposure:
If a student or staff member has had close contact (within 6 feet for greater than 15 cumulative minutes
within a 24-hour period) with someone who is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the student or
staff
member must remain in quarantine for at least 14 days from the last day of contact with that COVID-
19 case and self-monitor. The exposed person must quarantine for the full 14 days even if their own
COVID-19 test result is negative.
If a student or staff member has had close contact with or has been part of a cohort with someone
who
is an unconfirmed symptomatic case of COVID-19, they may remain on campus. If the
symptomatic
case subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, the close contacts and members of the
cohort, who had
contact with the confirmed case during the infectious period, must quarantine immediately for the full
14 days since the last contact with that COVID-19 case, even if their own COVID-19 test is negative. If
the symptomatic case tests negative, a copy of the negative COVID-19
molecular test or medical
clearance must be provided.
Vulnerable employees (those above age 65, and those with chronic health conditions that would place
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them at high risk if infected) are assigned work that can be done from home whenever possible.
Employees in this category should discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider.
Los Angeles Unified will continue to support students and staff with acute or chronic health issues. Long-
term absences may be evaluated if criteria are appropriate for medical leave or other potential medical
accommodations under IDEA or Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) guidelines.
Employees will also be referred to the District’s Bulletin 93900, Emergency Paid Sick Leave
Act
(EPSL) and
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (FMLA+) Policy.
COVID-19 Daily Health Check Questions
All employees and students (or their parents or guardians) are asked to perform a self-assessment prior
to leaving for school to identify fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. If the answer to the question, “Do
you agree to the statement below” is NO, employees and students must remain home and notify the
school of the absence.
Do you agree to the statements below?
1. I am feeling well.
2. I have not had any of the symptoms below in the last 14 days.
fever of 100 degrees or greater
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Chills
Fatigue (new or severe)
Any of the following not due to a chronic condition:
Cough
Congestion or runny nose
Muscle or body aches
Headache
Sore throat
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea
New Loss of taste or smell
3. I have not been in close physical contact with anyone with these symptoms,
or a COVID-19 case, in the past 14 days.
4. I have not been informed by my medical provider that I have COVID-19 in the
past 14 days.
5. I have not had a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 14 days.
6. I am not currently under a quarantine or isolation order.
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7. I have not traveled outside of Southern California in the past 10 days.
8. I have been as safe as possible.
If you answered NO,
you must stay home and notify the school.
A check-in area for the Daily Health Check will be established on site with enough space to ensure
privacy
and physical distancing markers every six feet. Daily upon arrival at the site, employees are to check in
for health screening with the administrator/designee prior to reporting to their classroom,
office, post,
etc. and prior to beginning work on site.
The Daily Health Screening Questions for COVID-19 shall be posted at all entrances so that they are
visible to visitors and employees prior to check in. For increased privacy, as each person approaches
check in, the administrator/designee asks a single question, “Do you agree with the statements listed?”
If an employee answers NO they may not stay on site and are to leave the site immediately and contact
their supervisor for further instructions on COVID-19 work option guidelines.
Temperature checks may also be taken at the check-in point for students, staff and visitors. If the
individual has a temperature of 100° F and above, they will be given an opportunity to step aside and
wait a minimum of 5 minutes to cool down and get their temperature checked again. If the
temperature
for the individual remains at 10 F and above during the second attempt, the individual will not be
allowed on campus unless he or she is an unaccompanied student.
Adult visitors and staff who are not allowed entry, have a temperature of 100° F and above or who
report symptoms at any point during the school day are instructed to return home, self-isolate and keep
away from others until further instructions are given by the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
Students who screen positive at entry, have a temperature of 100° F and above or who experience
symptoms at any point during the school day will be given a surgical mask and accompanied to the
designated isolation area where they can remain while arrangements are made for their return home.
The school COVID-19 Compliance Officer is informed of any positive screening results in the school and
will then coordinate response with the Community Engagement team.
Screening questions may change, based on updates from the LA County Department of Public Health.
Updated questions will be posted at achieve.lausd.net/covid19.
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Daily Pass
The District will be releasing an online application called the Daily Pass in the near future. This application
can be used by all employees, students and visitors to complete a required daily health check for
admission to a campus or office. The daily health check will monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and
potential exposure in addition to behavioral habits. Those who affirmatively complete the daily
health
check will receive a Daily Pass that can be used for admission to schools or District offices.
Individuals who do not have access to the online application can complete the health survey at a school
or office entrance.
Once this applications is in use, a check-in area for the Daily Pass health check will be established on site
with enough space to ensure privacy and physical distancing markers every six feet. Daily upon arrival
at the site, employees are to check in for health screening with the administrator/designee prior
to
reporting to their classroom, office, post, etc. and prior to beginning work on site.
The The Daily Pass Health Check Questions shall be posted at all entrances so that they are visible to
visitors and employees prior to check in. For increased privacy, as each person approaches check in,
the
administrator/designee asks individuals to respond to Statement 1 and Statement 2. If an employee
answers NO, they may not stay on site and are to leave the site immediately and contact their
supervisor for further instructions on COVID-19 work option guidelines. In addition, they will be
directed to schedule a COVID-19 test at one of the District’s testing centers.
Wellness & Exposure Check
Do you agree to the statements below?
I am feeling well. I have not had any of the symptoms below in the past
14 days.
Fever of 100 degrees or greater
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Chills
Fatigue (new or severe)
Any of the following not due to a chronic condition
Cough
Congestion or runny Nose
Muscle or body aches
Headache
Sore throat
Nausea/Vomiting
Diarrhea
Loss of taste or smell
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If an employee “disagrees with any of the above, they will not be issued a Daily Pass and will be
instructed
to contact their supervisor immediately and to schedule a COVID-19 test at one of the
District’s testing centers.
Adult visitors and staff who are not allowed entry or who report symptoms at any point during the
school
day are instructed to return home and keep away from others until further instructions are
given by the
COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
Students who are not allowed entry or who report symptoms at any point during the school day will be
given a surgical mask and accompanied to the designated isolation space where they can remain while
arrangements are made for their return home.
I have not been in close physical contact with anyone with these symptoms, or a COVID-19 case,
in the past
14 days.
I have not been informed by my medical provider that I have COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
I have not had a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 14 days.
I am not currently under a quarantine or isolation order.
I have not traveled outside of Southern California in the past 10 days.
I have been as safe as possible.
If you “disagree” with any of the above, you will not be issued a Daily Pass and will not be
allowed to enter a school or District office. You can schedule a COVID-19 test if you are an
employee or student at
https://achieve.lausd.net/covidtestingappt.
Subject to change depending on the LA County Department of Public Health (12/7/20).
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Use of Face Coverings, Masks, and Face Shields
General Expectations
Face Coverings and Personal Protection
Los Angeles Unified does require all students, employees and visitors while on
school property and on a school bus to wear a face covering and follow the
district’s
protocol. This includes parents who are dropping off or picking up children. A face
covering or mask will be provided to any student or employee who does not have
one.
Face Covering- A face covering may be a cloth face covering or a face mask. Instructions for the use of
face covering or masks are available from the CDC. The face covering must cover the nose and mouth.
It can be secured to the head with ties or straps. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or hand
sewn. A face coverings are not respiratory protective equipment.
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Implement measures to ensure the use of appropriate face coverings by all staff, students
and visitors at all times.
For anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or
otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, face coverings and masks should
not be required, per CDC guidance.
For anyone who has a medical reason making it unsafe to wear a face covering, masks
should not be required.
Be prepared to provide a mask to any student or staff member who does not have one.
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Cloth face coverings must be replaced or laundered daily. Cloth masks should be laundered with your
regular laundry and detergent on the warmest setting for the cloth used. Soiled or wet face coverings will
be replaced immediately. Parents are encouraged to provide a second face covering for school each day
in case the one a child is wearing gets soiled or lost.
Face coverings must be worn at all times while on school property except when eating or drinking. Staff
and students who are alone in closed offices, or other private, enclosed spaces are not required to wear
a
face covering. Students may also remove cloth face covering when eating or napping or when wearing
a cloth face mask is otherwise impracticable (e.g. showering). Students receiving specialized services,
such as medical treatments or Speech and Language Therapy may remove their face coverings but may
be asked to wear a clear face shield with a drape that extends below the chin during services. Social
distancing will be strictly enforced during these times.
The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering per the LADPH guidelines.
a. Anyone for whom use of a face covering would be contrary to his or her health or safety
because of
a medical condition. All students who are medically exempt must have written
documentation
provided from their physician on file with the school nurse. A Student Mask
Exemption Plan will be
created and on file. Students who cannot wear face coverings cannot
be cohorted with any other
students.
b. A child whose parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the face
mask
safely on their face.
c. Children that are age 2 and under.
Teachers in early grades and those with specialized groups such as Deaf/Hard of Hearing may use a plastic
face shield with a tucked-in drape below the chin as a substitute for a cloth face covering to enable
students to see their teacher’s face and avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction.
Alternative protective strategies may be adopted to accommodate students who are on individualized
Education or 504 Plans and who cannot use or tolerate cloth face coverings. This may include that they
are not included in a cohort with other students and provided one-on-one instruction.
Face Masks: Surgical or medical grade masks will be provided to the following individuals:
1) Healthcare professionals and any staff working in the Health Office areas, including the isolation
and quarantine areas
2) Students or staff that are placed in isolation during the school day
3) Staff that are providing specialized healthcare services that cannot be socially distanced
4) Staff that are supervising students with disabilities who cannot socially distance
N95 Respirators: N95 respirators will be worn by Healthcare Professionals who may be involved in
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aerosol-generating procedures, such as suctioning, providing oxygen via high-flow nasal cannula,
nebulizer treatments and sample collection for COVID-19 testing. Designated staff must be medically
screened, trained and properly fitted to the N95 respirator according to the written Respiratory
Protection Plan as required by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA)
regulations (8 CCR 5144).
Face Shields: Face shields protect the eyes, nose and mouth from contamination from respiratory
droplets, along with masks and respirators. Face shields are worn in addition to a face covering to
provide additional protection. Face shields will be used by staff who are involved in aerosol-generating
procedures, by staff who support students with special healthcare needs and are not able to wear a face
covering, by staff assisting students who are not able to socially distance, by staff conducting the
screening procedures and by staff assisting with isolation room monitoring. Students may also wear
face
shields with a tucked-in drape during speech and language exercises when face coverings/masks are
not appropriate for the activity, while maintaining strict social distancing guidelines.
Clear Plastic Barriers: A clear plastic or solid surface barrier that may be sanitized often may be used in
areas where it may be difficult for individuals to remain six feet apart. (E.g. reception desks or
workstations). The use of clear plastic barriers do not eliminate the requirement for face coverings.
Protective gowns: Disposable protective gowns must be worn by staff providing aerosol-generating
procedures. A protective gown may be worn by staff who support students with special healthcare
needs, when conducting sample collection during COVID-19 testing or when there is likelihood of coming
in contact with respiratory secretions or other body fluid.
Gloves: Standard precautions will be followed by all staff using disposable single-use gloves when there
is possible blood or body fluid contact. This includes, but is not limited to, during healthcare procedures,
toileting students, assisting with meals, temperature screening, or any other instance where there may
be contact with a body fluid, including respiratory secretions. Vinyl disposable gloves will also be
required
when handling food and chemicals. Gloves are not recommended unless specific
responsibilities require
them.
All staff will attend an in-service training on the use of face coverings and PPE.
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Health Monitoring and Health Office Guidance
Communicable Disease Monitoring
Students and staff with suspected or positive COVID-19 cases will be managed by the COVID-19
Compliance Task Force, which must include the School Nurse. The Attendance Office will work with the
COVID-19 Compliance Task Force to record and track students and staff who are absent due to illness to
determine if it is COVID-19 related and requires further investigation. A designated COVID- 19
Compliance Task Force member will manage data collection and collaborate with the Community
Engagement Team along with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).
Daily Health Self-Assessment: All students and staff are to perform a daily self-health screening
check
prior to leaving home for school each day by answering the Daily Self Screening Questions listed in the
previous section titled “Reporting Illnesses and Addressing Vulnerable Populations.” If any staff or
student answers YES to any question, they must remain at home and notify their
school.
School staff will also monitor self-assessments by asking if students and staff answered “yes” to any of
the screening questions. Adult visitors and staff who screen positive at entry or who experience
symptoms at any point during the school day are instructed to return home and self-isolate as required
by Health Officer Order.
Students who screen positive at entry will be given a surgical mask and accompanied to the designated
isolation space where they can remain while arrangements are made for their return home.
V. Health Monitoring and Containment Plan
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Develop a plan or protocol to initiate a School Exposure Management Plan consistent with DPH
guidance that outlines procedures for:
o Isolation of case(s);
o Identification of persons exposed to cases at schools;
o Immediate quarantine of exposed employees and/or students; and
o Access to testing for all exposed individuals with the school as the basis for further
control measures;
o Reporting all COVID-19 exposures at the school to the Department of Public Health by
completing the COVID-19 Case and Contact Line List for the Educational Sector.
Develop a plan to immediately report a cluster of cases (3 or more cases within 14 days) to the
DPH. DPH will work with the school to determine whether the cluster is an outbreak that will
require a public health outbreak response.
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Illness at School- Any student or staff member who becomes ill at school with COVID-19 symptoms must
be separated from others immediately. Staff will need to exit the school site immediately and are
instructed to return home and self-isolate per Health Officer Order.
Students will be given a medical grade mask and will be escorted to the isolation area by designated
staff. Students will be supervised until picked up by parent/guardian, emergency
contact provided by
parent/guardian, or released to another healthcare facility. Students will not be left unattended in the
isolation area.
In compliance with LACDPH, each school must have a dedicated isolation area and a dedicated
quarantine area separate from the health office for suspected COVID cases. As each school is different
and has unique challenges, there are three recommended health office set-up scenarios. Staffing needs
should be considered when deciding how to physically set-up the Health Office Complex. The specific
information on the health office locations and staffing is noted within the
Site Specific Planning form
on page 3.
Isolation Area- Each school will identify an isolation area separate from the health office. LACDPH
strongly recommends this area be located outdoors. Students who screen positive or experience
COVID
symptoms will wait in this area until picked up by parent/guardian or transferred to a healthcare facility.
All students in the isolation area will be supervised by a staff member. The staff member will be provided
with a surgical mask, face shield, disposable gown and gloves. Social distancing of six feet or greater will
be maintained in the isolation area. A log will be maintained by the staff person supervising the isolation
area of all persons that enter the isolation area. A separate
bathroom will be designated for use by
anyone utilizing the isolation area.
Quarantine Area- Students who have had close contact with an individual that has a confirmed
COVID-
19 case or are part of a cohort that had contact with the individual will be quarantined in a designated
area, preferably outdoors, until picked up by a parent/guardian. Students will be
grouped by cohorts
and not intermingled in this area. Social distancing of six feet or greater will be
maintained. All students
in the quarantine area will be supervised by a staff member. This space
must remain separate and
apart from the isolation and Health Office areas. If an entire cohort must be quarantined, they may
remain in their classroom as a group.
Students and staff who have had close contact or are a part of a cohort with an individual who is
unconfirmed symptomatic for COVID-19 may continue to attend school. If the symptomatic
individual
subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, all individuals who were close contacts or part
of the cohort
during the positive case’s infectious period, must be immediately quarantined and sent home.
Health Office Guidance- In order to prevent potential exposure to infectious diseases for vulnerable
students receiving other medical treatments, all student visits to the Health Office will be triaged and
prioritized based on the severity of injury or illness. All students and staff will have their temperature
and COVID-19 risk factors screened prior to arrival at the Health Office.
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Containment of Infection
Illness at School
If an ill person displays symptoms of COVID-19 they must be separated from others immediately. Staff
will be sent home immediately. A designated isolation area and separate bathroom will be utilized by
students with COVID-19 symptoms until arrangements can be made for the parent/guardian to pick up
or discharge to a healthcare facility.
Ill Student: Parent/guardian will be required to pick up their ill student within one hour. All students will
be monitored while in the isolation area at all times. Parents/guardians should seek medical advice for
the ill student within 48 hours and schedule a COVID-19 test as needed. The parent/guardian must
notify
the school when molecular test results are known.
Ill staff: An ill staff member will leave work immediately. If the staff member requires urgent medical
care, they will be placed in the isolation area while waiting for transfer to a health care facility. Within 48
hours, the staff member should seek medical advice and schedule a COVID-19 molecular test as needed
and notify their employer when the test results are known.
Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Student
If a student who has been physically on campus receives a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, LACDPH will
be notified immediately by the COVID-19 Compliance Officer in collaboration with the Community
Engagement Team. In addition, those in close contact with the student will be notified of the potential
exposure by school administration and instructed on current LACDPH protocol and decision pathways
related to exposure.
Confidentiality of the ill individual will be maintained in accordance with Health Insurance Portability
and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), privacy expectations and the ADAAA. All communication will follow
the Districts COVID-19 Response and Communication Protocols.
In the event of multiple COVID-19 positive cases in a school or District site, the Local Superintendent
may
implement a short term dismissal of 2-5 days to allow for LACDPH to investigate the COVID-19
situation
and to implement further cleaning and disinfection procedures as recommended by DPH and CDC. Los
Angeles Unified will communicate all dismissal decisions and possible COVID-19 exposure
with all staff,
families, students and stakeholders.
The Superintendent will decide, in consultation with LACDPH, if any staff will be allowed in the
building
during school closure and when students and staff can safely return to in-school learning.
Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Staff
If a staff member who has been physically on campus has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, LACDPH will
be notified immediately by the School COVID-19 Compliance Officer in collaboration with the
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Community Engagement Team. In addition, those in close contact with the staff member will be
notified of the exposure by school administration and instructed on current LACDPH protocol related
to exposure.
Confidentiality of the ill individual will be maintained in accordance with Health Insurance Portability
and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), privacy expectations and the ADAAA. All communication will follow
the Districts COVID-19 Response and Communication Protocols.
The Principal must also ensure that the employee has been provided with the workers’ compensation
claims form (DWC-1). All positive reports for COVID-19 tests of staff must be immediately reported to
the district’s third party administrator for workers compensation, Sedgwick CMS. The School
Administrative Assistant or Office Manager shall follow the procedures outlined in Reference Guide
REF-
1279 Workers Compensation Claims Reporting.
All “serious employee illnesses must be reported to the California Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (Cal-OSHA) within 8 hours. A COVID-19 case would be considered serious if it resulted in
the employee’s transport to the hospital from the school, if the employee was admitted to the
hospital
or if the employee passed away due to an illness occurring in or in connection with employment. All
notifications to Cal-OSHA need to made immediately and documented. You must
also contact the Office
of Environmental Health and Safety at 213-241-3199. You may refer to Safety
Alert
02-09, Reporting
Employee Injuries to OSHA.
Exposure Management Plan
The District has formed a dedicated Community Engagement team to contact those who test positive
for COVID-19 on an LAUSD-provided test. Community engagement is a confidential process used to
reduce the spread of the virus. Those known to be exposed to an employee or student with the virus
will be contacted and will be referred for testing and medical care as appropriate.
If an employee or student tests positive, they will receive a link to view their test result via text and email
with instructions to isolate immediately. The Community Engagement team will call the
individual and
will provide isolation instructions and proceed to contact household members,
employees, and students
identified to have been in close contact with the positive case, provide
quarantine instructions and refer
them for a test. Details of the case and the list of those exposed is submitted to the Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health to conduct full public health contact
tracing.
Implementing Exposure Management Plan in LA Unified Schools (Appendix T2)
Planning
Each school is required to designate a School COVID-19 Task Force (C-19 Task Force) that ensures that
safety protocols are observed and that education is provided to staff, families and students. The leader
of the school’s C-19 Task Force is the COVID-19 Compliance Officer who acts as liaison to the Los Angeles
County Department of Public Health (LACDPH); this role is filled by the principal, or it can be
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assigned to a designee. When selecting C-19 Task Force members, schools should include staff members
who are reporting to work and represent the breadth of the school community. The School Nurse and
Plant Manager must be members of the COVID-19 Compliance Task Force. Record members of the C-
19 Task Force and the Compliance Officer on the Site Specific Planning Form (page 3).
Every positive COVID-19 case connected to a school requires home isolation per LACDPH protocol and
generating a list of students and/or employees with exposure to the case while infectious. Infectious
is
defined as two days before symptoms first appeared or two days before the positive test until the
time
they are no longer required to be isolated. A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is
considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after
their test.
Exposed is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes within a 24- hour period,
even if non-medical face coverings are worn, or unprotected contact with body fluids or
secretions. If
the exposure happened in a school classroom or cohort, all persons that were in the
classroom or
cohort during the infectious period are considered exposed.
Case Management
One case
The COVID-19 Compliance Officer instructs the individual who tested positive (case) to follow the
COVID-
19 Home Isolation Instructions and informs the case that DPH will contact the case directly to collect
additional information and issue Health Officer Order for isolation.
The COVID-19 Compliance Officer works with the case to identify close contacts and notifies the
contacts
to quarantine at home and test for COVID-19 five or more days after exposure. The contacts will also be
contacted by DPH directly to collect additional information and issue Health Officer Order
for
quarantine.
The School COVID-19 Compliance Officer submits the list of exposed individuals to LACDPH using the
COVID-19 Case and Contact Line List for the Educational Sector within one business day of notification
of a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 case. This information will be transmitted to LACDPH via email to
ACDC-Education@ph.lacounty.gov and copied to the Community Engagement team at CE-
leads@lausd.net.
The Compliance Officer notifies the principal of all positive cases. The Principal will provide a notice to
all employees, their union representatives and independent contracts who may have had a COVID-19
exposure within one business day. This notice of potential exposure may not reveal any personal
identifying information of the COVID-19 case. Personal information of COVID-19 cases or persons with
COVID-19 symptoms shall be kept confidential.
The District has a dedicated Community Engagement team who will contact each person who receives
a
positive test result (case) through the District’s testing program, as well as those who may have been
exposed to the case. Employees or students who test positive will receive a link to view their test result
with instructions to isolate immediately. The Community Engagement team will call the individual and
provide isolation instructions. In addition to the list submitted by the Compliance Officer, the
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Community Engagement team will also contact household members, employees, and students who may
have been in contact with a positive case, provide quarantine instructions and refer them for a test.
Two cases within 14 days
In addition to implementing the above measures, the Task Force reviews the need for additional
infection control measures.
Three cases within 14 days
In addition to implementing the above measures, the School COVID-19 Compliance Officer must report
the cluster to the DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACDC) Education Sector Team within one
business day via email at: ACDC-Education@ph.lacounty.gov or by calling (888) 397-3993 or (213) 240-
7821. If the DPH Acute Communicable Disease team determines that these cases meet the criteria for
an outbreak, LACDPH will send a public health investigator to coordinate next steps.
An outbreak for K-12 schools is determined to be at least 3 confirmed cases within 14 days in a group
that is epidemiological linked. The group can be a classroom, school event, extracurricular, team,
club,
transportation. Infected persons must have been present in the same setting during the same
time
period while infectious.
Household contacts will be grouped as a single case. Cases who have close contact outside of the
school
setting, will be grouped as a single case. For example, if two unrelated students are being babysat by
the same provider after school, and both test positive for COVID-19, they will be
considered one case
when establishing epi-links on campus.
The Compliance Task Force will investigate and determine possible workplace related factors that
contributed to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Task Force will also review COVID-19 policies, procedures
and controls an implement changes as needed to prevent further spread. The investigation and review
will be documented.
Communication Plan for Transition between Instructional Models
In the event that there is a report of possible COVID spread within a school where the DPH
recommends
long-term or short-term suspension of in-person instruction, the communication plan will follow the
same protocols from the District Closings & Dismissal Procedures. The district will use Blackboard
Connect messages and the District and school websites to communicate with families and staff regarding
any school closure. The Board of Education will be immediately informed of the
reasons for the closure
and procedures being put into place by the district. The district will transition to distance learning under
the advisement of LACDPH.
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COVID-19 Response Teams and Responsibilities
School Compliance Task Force Team
The School COVID-19 Compliance Task Force Officer will:
Monitor illness trends of student and staff absences;
Notify LACDPH of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and will collaborate with local public
health department regarding contact tracing and any other mitigation or containment procedure
as directed; and
Notify the Principal of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 illness.
Will provide support to the student and family regarding concerns arising from COVID-19
diagnosis or exposure.
The Attendance Monitor will:
Notify the School COVID-19 Compliance Officer daily of student or staff absences that include
suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or any symptom of COVID-19;
Assure confidentiality of all medical information of student or staff member.
The school Principal will:
Notify close contacts of students or staff with COVID-19 exposure upon directions of LACDPH
while maintaining confidentiality;
Manage school dismissal if necessary and notification of school community;
Assure confidentiality of all medical information of student or staff member.
The Plant Manager will:
Under direction of the Facilities Director and/or School Principal will clean and disinfect the area
utilized by ill students or staff per district and DPH and CDC protocols.
The School Nurse will:
Provide emergency medical care, medication administration, specialized health care procedures
Supervise and train licensed and unlicensed school staff
Act as the Exposure Management Advisor
Train classroom staff on basic first aid, the identification of COVID-19 symptoms and the health
office area referral process.
In the event that the school does not have a full-time nurse, a Health Office Manager must also be
designated. This staff member needs to be on-site full time and will be trained by the school nurse to
manage the Health Office areas when the nurse is not present.
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District Response Team to COVID-19 Illness
The District’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer will:
Assure that the school and district response team have followed protocols, the communication
tree has been followed and responsibilities completed;
Will be available to students, staff and family or community members to answer questions and
provide guidance.
The Superintendent will:
In collaboration with DPH, determine school dismissal and closure;
The Director of Maintenance and Operations will:
Communicate with plant managers and building custodians regarding cleaning and disinfecting
protocols consistent with CDC, State and District protocols.
Close areas used by the infected person until additional cleaning and disinfection is completed.
Ensure custodial staff will wait 24-hours prior to conducting this cleaning in accordance
with
DPH and CDC protocols whenever possible.
The Community Engagement Team will:
Provide guidance and information to an employee regarding medical leave due to illness or
exposure;
Conduct contact tracing and notification of potentially exposed student, staff and visitors.
Return to School or Work after COVID-19 Diagnosis, COVID-19 Symptoms or COVID-19
Exposure
All students or staff returning from any or suspected COVID-19 illness or exposure are to adhere to the
following guidelines. All students will need clearance from theCOVID-19 Compliance Task Force after
safely quarantining to return to school. All staff will need clearance from the Community Engagement
Team after safely quarantining to return to work.
Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis
If diagnosed with COVID-19, with or without symptoms, the following LACDPH guidelines will be followed
for returning to school or work.
1.
COVID-19 with symptoms - person may return when ALL the following are met:
At least 10 days have passed since the first symptoms
24 hours of no fever without using fever reducing medications
Symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath have improved
2.
COVID-19 with no symptoms - person may return when the following is met:
10 days from the test date
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COVID-19 Symptoms with NO testing
1. Person may return when ALL the following are met:
At least 10 days from when symptoms appeared
24 hours of no fever without using fever reducing medications
Symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath have improved
2. Any COVID-19 related symptoms - person may return when the following are met:
24 hours of no fever without using fever reducing medications
Physician’s note documenting the source of infection and no known COVID-19 exposure
COVID-19 Symptoms with Negative Test Result
1. Person may return when all of the following are met:
72 hours of no fever without fever reducing medications
Symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath have improved
COVID-19 Exposure
Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for greater than 15 cumulative minutes
within a 24-hour period, or unprotected contact with body fluids of infected person. A person may return
when the following is met:
After quarantine at home for 14 days from last exposure to positive COVID-19 case
If individual becomes symptomatic, must follow above guideline for COVID-19 symptoms
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Unified is implementing a program to provide the
highest standard of safety measures at schools. The key components of the program include daily
health
checks, COVID-19 testing of students and staff, and community engagement to follow up on positive
cases of COVID-19 and employees who may have been exposed. Additionally, reporting
procedures have
been developed in accordance with the law to keep the school community informed
of this testing and
its results and of the District’s continued health mitigation measures.
COVID-19 Testing Process
COVID-19 testing of all employees and students is conducted on a regular basis, at frequencies
recommended by a consortium of leading health experts from UCLA, the Johns Hopkins University and
Stanford University. Additionally, household members who are symptomatic or may have been exposed
to a student or employee who tests positive will be offered testing.
COVID testing is offered at multiple District sites on a daily basis. The District is providing nasal swab
tests as the primary testing method. A saliva test is also available to children or adults, if requested.
Testing is provided to all at no charge to anyone receiving a test. Test kits have been procured from labs
that are able to provide most test results within 24-36 hours.
Individuals will be notified via email and/or phone call when it is time to schedule their baseline test
appointment. The samples collected are scanned, packaged and sent to the lab. Test results and
demographic data collected during the testing process are shared with public health authorities in
accordance with the law. All test results and data collected is stored in a secure database and kept
private. Some of the data is also provided to our health experts at UCLA, the Johns Hopkins University
and Stanford University for additional research, which will hopefully inform others across the nation or
world of ways to keep our schools safer. Such information is only shared to the extent permitted under
applicable privacy laws and/or when your express authorization has been obtained to share the
VI. COVID-19 Surveillance Program
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools
Develop a plan or protocol for incorporating surveillance testing in to regular school
operations of all school personnel.
The plan must provide that all surveillance test results are reported to the
Department of
Public Health.
The plan must describe the strategy for ensuring access to periodic testing of all school
personnel to be implemented when instructed by the DPH based on local disease trends
and/or after resolution of an outbreak at the school.
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information.
The first phase of testing included employees who are currently working at school sites or offices and
employees and their children participating in the childcare program. The second phase of testing
includes all staff who are currently working from home. The third phase of initial testing will include all
students. If an employee or student becomes symptomatic or tests positive, the employee or student
and household members who may have been exposed are given instructions to quarantine by the
District Community Engagement team and are referred for testing.
Baseline testing will be conducted to inform a safe re-opening<