Safely Opening Schools
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Bulletin 3
Released May 27, 2022
For the most recent updates regarding the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health TK-12 Schools COVID-19 Toolkit, please click here.
For schools enrolled in the California K-12 School Antigen Testing Program, please refer to the CDPH Bulletin.
- With cases continuing to rise, health officers across California’s SF Bay Area urge people to return to indoor masking, among other preventive measures. COVID cases and positivity rates have risen throughout April and May across California, and nationally, due to a new Omicron subvariant. In May, hospitalizations and deaths also rose. Masks and testing remain important public health tools to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID.
- Schools can order at-home tests now! Public, charter and private/independent schools, as well as camps that serve K-12 students are invited to apply for free at-home tests through a partnership between the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). https://labsupport.powerappsportals.us/cdcotc/
- Weekly requests are due 12:00 PM PST on Fridays through June 17, 2022.
- If you have questions regarding this program please email schoolOTC@cdph.ca.gov
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is pleased to facilitate sharing of knowledge and innovation approaches that are being generated by schools and public health professionals throughout California. Visit this link for current and previous issues including resources and tools that are shared amongst districts.
SB 1479 (Pan)
SOS is proud to support SB 1479: COVID-19 School Testing. SB 1479 is an act to require local educational agencies to create and implement COVID-19 testing plans that are consistent with CDPH’s COVID-19 school testing guidelines. SB 1479 provides a statewide testing protocol that ensures that children – regardless of their socioeconomic or racial background – learn in a safer environment.
- SB 1479 has passed in the Senate and now goes to the Assembly.
- To track the latest updates on SB 749, please see here.
AB 2107 (Flora)
SOS is also supporting AB 2107 which will allow appropriately-trained non-health professionals – who are not school employees, e.g. parent volunteers or a child’s own parent in school and/or community settings – to conduct rapid antigen tests and perform an anterior nasal swab in the small number of children who cannot self-swab, such as some children with disabilities.
- AB 2107 passed in the Assembly.
- To track the latest updates on AB 2107, please see here.
SB 866 (Wiener)
Great news! SB 866, the Teens Choose Vaccines Act passed the Senate. SB 866 would allow people 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated without a parent’s consent. This includes all vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- To track the latest updates on SB 866, please see here.
In the News
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Bravo to the Covina Valley Unified School District for bringing 25 staff members to the PHI Rapid Antigen Test Training on May 5th. SOS recognizes your inspiring dedication to preventing COVID outbreaks at schools through preemptive continuation of testing, a key mitigation tool.
A Covina Valley team member shared, “We are seeing that cases are starting to increase at a time when [others] are dropping [their] preparedness. We want to be prepared for the next surge!”
Congratulations for planning ahead! Thank you to Nicole Salas, BSN, RN, PHN, C-VUSD Health Services Coordinator, and your colleagues for your commitment to keeping students and staff safer in school.
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