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January 2022 - Updated Protocols & Mask Requirements

AUSD Community,

We hope you are having an enjoyable winter break and are excited for the start of 2022. 

As we prepare for students to return on January 12, 2022, we want to share some updates regarding the new safety protocols mandated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). 

Updated Protocols and Mask Requirements

  • Students are required to wear masks, and it is strongly recommended to wear well-fitting, non-cloth masks of multiple layers with a nose wire. 
  • Masking is now required outdoors where physical distancing is not possible except while eating or drinking.
  • COVID-19 testing is required for all close contacts permitted to remain in school regardless of vaccination status. 
  • LACDPH strongly recommends all eligible students receive a booster vaccination dose or start their primary vaccine series. Boosters are now approved for those aged 12 and up. 
  • Close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case are required to quarantine if:
    • They are not fully vaccinated.
    • They are fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not yet received their booster dose. 
    • Quarantine may end if the close contact remained symptom-free and either:
      • 10 full days (day 1 is the day after exposure)from close contact have passed, activities may resume on day 11 as long as no symptoms are present.
      • 5 full days (day 1 is the day after exposure) have passed from close contact, and they have a negative COVID-19 viral test collected on day 5. Activities may resume upon receiving negative test results. 
  • Close contacts are not required to quarantine if:
    • They are asymptomatic.
    • They are boosted; or
    • They are fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible.
    • To remain at school, close contacts exempt from quarantine are:
      • Required to test at a minimum on day 5 after exposure.
      • Must monitor for symptoms.
      • Wear upgraded PPE:
        • Students should wear a non-cloth mask with multiple non-woven layers and a nose wire.

As we see a rise in COVID-19 cases countywide, we must continue to do our part to help limit the spread in our school community. This includes the following: 

    • If you or your student are sick, please remain at home. Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and consult your medical care provider. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms should not report to school until tested. Parents/guardians should contact their student’s school.

 

  • Report Positive Cases. Parents/guardians should report positive cases to their student’s school. 

 

  • Wear a mask and wash your hands. Masks should be worn snugly against your nose and chin with no gaps on the side of your face or nose. Continue to follow health and safety protocols such as washing your hands and maintaining physical distancing. 
  • Temperature Scans. Although not required by LACPDH, we continue to temperature scan students as they enter the campus to add an additional layer of protection.

AUSD Vaccination Clinic

We are hosting a vaccination clinic on February 5, 2022, at Center Middle School from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The clinic is open to anyone. Vaccinations, including boosters, are free and no insurance is required. The pediatric vaccine and the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for the first, second, or booster. Appointments are not required but are strongly recommended to reduce wait times. Appointments can be made using the Center Middle School Link

Home Test Kits

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is providing COVID-19 home test kits for students in all LA County schools. LACOE is working diligently to deliver these tests to all school districts in the county. As of Friday, January 7, 2022, AUSD has not received its allocation of tests from LACOE. We hope to have these soon. We will communicate details on the distribution as soon as we are able. 

Thank you for joining us in our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe. We will continue to keep you informed of any updates to the protocols. We look forward to seeing you back in the coming weeks!