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Isolation and Quarantine

Importantly, LACDPH has updated its guidance related to potentially exposed individuals. While this has created more categories of individuals, it will also allow more individuals to stay in school. 

The charts below contain important clarifications from LACDPH as of today. Please refer to these charts for the latest guidance.

Must wear an upgraded/highly protective mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days if returning before day 10

 

Staff/ Student

Vaccination Status

Quarantine Period

Testing

Participation in Activities

Student

Any Status

5-10 days

Test on or after day 5 to return on or after day 6 with no fever and improving symptoms. An antigen test is recommended for day 5 testing and can be observed by a District official or authorized telehealth proctor or submitted via the attestation form. 

Must wear a highly protective mask when around others (even at home) until isolation ends. Must isolate from all settings until a negative test taken on or after day 5 is received; without a test must isolate through day 10; to return there must be no fever and improving symptoms. Masks are strongly recommended after isolation ends through day 10.

Staff

Any Status

5-10 days

Test on or after day 5 to return on or after day 6 with no fever and improving symptoms. An antigen test is recommended for day 5 testing and, for employees, must be observed by the employer or an authorized telehealth proctor. 

Must wear a highly protective mask when around others (even at home) until isolation is ended. Must isolate quarantine from all settings until a negative test taken on or after day 5 is received; without a test must isolate through day 10; to return there must be no fever and improving symptoms. Masks are strongly recommended after isolation ends through day 10.

In order to be able to continue to attend or return after day 5 -

 

  • Some close contacts or positive cases must provide evidence of a test taken on or after day 5. Results must be submitted as soon as they are received. Individuals in these categories who do not test as required will need to stay home until the full 10-day quarantine or isolation period has ended.

  • We recommend that individuals submit lab-verified or supervised test results to ensure greater accuracy and reliability when submitting evidence that they do not have COVID-19.
    FDA-approved at-home tests are also recognized as valid under some circumstances (see below).

Importantly, we recommend PCR testing for initial diagnosis (surveillance and close contact testing) and antigen testing for individuals who have previously tested positive and are testing in order to return on Day 5. Antigen tests are a better indicator that the infectious period has passed than the more sensitive PCR tests, which can detect non-contagious levels of the virus long after the individual has recovered.

 

While we always recommend lab-verified or supervised tests, if an individual must submit an over-the-counter test, it needs to be an FDA-authorized test, and:

  • Students must provide
  • A photograph of the negative test with the individual’s name and test date.
  • A signed school-specific attestation form confirming the test was administered properly and shows results for the individual submitting it (please contact your school for a link to the form). 
  • Employees must provide evidence that the test was observed by the employer or an authorized telehealth proctor.