UPDATED Oct. 25, 2021
BCHD will be reviving its COVID-19 testing efforts specifically for school and city partners, including required testing for student athletes and some staff. BCHD will also be providing COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students or staff, or those with a close contact with a known case, on an appointment-only basis. This information will be provided directly through your school.
COVID-19 Symptom Screening at Schools in 2021-22
In the 2021-22 school year, school districts are able to have students and families self-screen before accessing campus. Families are still encouraged to do daily temperature checks at home.
Learn more about the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Screening Exposure Decision Pathway
Symptom Assessment Tool during the 2020-21 School Year
In 2020, Beach Cities Health District partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to provide a Symptom Assessment Tool to eight school districts, giving students and staff the option to conduct symptom screening on their mobile device before entering school.
- El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, MBX, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica/Malibu and Torrance utilized the Symptom Assessment Tool during the 2020-21 school year
- For all schools combined, there were 356,860 total uses of the screener from 1/1/2021 through 6/30/21
- 276,512 (77%) were students and 80,352 (23%) were employees
- Of those, 349,813 (98%) indicated low-risk of COVID exposure and 7,056 (2%) of the total screens resulted in a high-risk indication
Health Guidance and Protocols for Schools
Reopening Schools in Los Angeles County
With the recent increases in cases in both adults and children, many parents are anxious about sending their children back to school. In Los Angeles County, we recently revised the K-12 school reopening protocols to layer in a variety of protections in order to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in schools.
- Face masks will continue to be required indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status, including during indoor PE classes, unless a person is alone in a room.
- Students who are exempt from mask wearing because of a documented disability or other condition should not be excluded from in-person education, and appropriate accommodations should be made on a case-by-case basis. Students who are excluded from campus because they elect not to wear a face mask should be offered alternative educational opportunities.
- We continue to recommend physical distancing as long as it does not interfere with full-time attendance for all students, and infection control remains essential.
- Many schools have established routine testing programs to provide an additional layer of protection.
- Every school will have a plan on how to manage cases and outbreaks and will notify the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health whenever there are cases. All positive cases are required to isolate, and all close contacts of each case should be tested and are required to quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated and without any symptoms.
And while schools have been working closely with the Department of Public Health over the summer to create environments that promote safety, communicating with your child’s school ahead of the start of the school year can help ensure they’re prepared to help keep themselves and their friends safe. We recommend you:
- Talk to your kids about hand hygiene and appropriately wearing their mask. Also, it’s a good idea to send your child to school with extra face masks so they can easily change masks if theirs gets wet or dirty.
- Ensure you have a strategy for checking daily for symptoms at home, and as best you can, have an emergency childcare plan in place so that if your child becomes ill, they are able to safely stay home from school.
- If any of your children are 12 or older, please let them know about the importance of getting vaccinated and help them get to a vaccine site where they can get the Pfizer vaccine.
Additional Health Guidance and Protocols
- Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1
- Protocol for Organized Youth Sports: Appendix S
- Exposure Management Plan for K-12 Schools
- Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in Early Care and Education Sites
- Protocol for Programs Providing Day Care for School-Aged Children
- TK-12 Schools COVID-19 Toolkit
- Additional Guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
This phone line provides information and referrals for school families and staff. To reach the School Well-Being Line, please call 310-374-3426 and press Option 2. Beginning Monday, August 16th, the hours for the 2021-22 academic year will be Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm and Friday: 8 am - 12 pm.
BCHD Supporting Schools and the Community During COVID-19
2021-2022 School District Plans
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