Safely Opening Schools
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Bulletin 4
Released July 5, 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.
New from SOS
The Safely Opening Schools team hopes that you are enjoying your summer. We have prepared many new resources for use upon return to school and testing.
New from CDPH
CDPH and LADPH are working closely together to ensure schools in Los Angeles County have robust testing options. It will soon be announced how schools in Los Angeles County fit into next year’s CDPH testing plan for 2022-2023.
- CDPH has shared COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (2022-23 School Year).
- While more specific guidance is still forthcoming, CDPH compiled a preliminary document of Frequently Asked Questions around Preliminary K-12 Testing Framework for 2022/23 School Year.
SB 1479 (Pan)
SOS supports SB 1479, COVID-19 School Testing, an act to require local educational agencies to create and implement COVID-19 testing plans 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 the Senate. It passed the Assembly Health and Education Committees. It will be heard in the Senate Appropriations committee next.
AB 2107 (Flora)
SOS also supports 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, and has now been referred to the Senate Appropriations committee.
SB 866 (Wiener)
SB 866, the Teens Choose Vaccines Act (Wiener), would allow minors 15 years and older to get vaccinated without a parent’s consent. This includes all vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- SB 866 passed the Senate and was amended on the Assembly floor.
In the News
The Safer at School Early Alert pilot program tests wastewater and surfaces to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in schools and child care centers in San Diego. The Safer at School Early Alert system (SASEA) monitors COVID-19 by testing school wastewater and surfaces.
- COVID-19 tests were provided to students and staff in response to detecting COVID-19 in the schools.
Experts say BA.5 is the one to worry about. By early July, it will be the dominant strain in the U.S. “The worst version of the virus that we’ve seen,” said Dr. Eric Topol, the founder of Scripps Research Translational Institute.
California’s test positivity rate has grown to 13%, the highest rate recorded since January 30, and up from 10.4% the previous Friday, according to CDPH. Positivity has grown nearly tenfold since April 1, when state health officials reported the metric at 1.4%.
5-11 Year Olds Fully Vaccinated in LA County
participating charter and private schools
12-17 Year Olds Fully Vaccinated in la county
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