LAUSD must have quarantine in school for students who test positive

When the new semester starts on January 11, unvaccinated LAUSD students may experience “quarantine in school” if they test positive for COVID-19.

During this “modified quarantine,” students can continue to attend classes as long as they do not notice symptoms, are distant from other classmates, and wear their masks.

If a student experiences COVID-19 symptoms, they should be quarantined from home.

Students who test positive must also test twice a week while under the changed quarantine.

The quarantine would mean “more students will be able to stay in school after an exposure,” according to the LAUSD inspector’s report.

“Now, schools have a new option, called ‘modified quarantine,’ which will allow children to continue personal education during regular school hours while under health officers’ quarantine orders,” Los Angeles Public Health said of its changed quarantine option. “This new option is based on a review of public health information collected during the first school month, which showed that very few children in quarantine end up having COVID-19.”

This was part of a series of changes to the COVID-19 regulation, which was enacted by LAUSD on Tuesday.

Under the new rules, vaccinated students will no longer have to have a baseline COVID-19 or take weekly tests.

Current LAUSD regulations require all students, regardless of vaccination status, to submit weekly COVID-19 tests to attend school on campus.

The district’s unmasking regulations can be removed if the given school is 85% vaccinated. Indoor masking remains regardless of vaccination status.

From now on, all LAUSD students aged 12 and up must be vaccinated, with a deadline for a second dose set for December 19, which must be uploaded to the district’s “Day Pass” before January 10.

While the FDA has not given full approval for a COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 12-15, LAUSD set its own vaccine mandate that is stricter than the state’s. Vaccines have also not received full approval for ages 5-11, although they are approved to be administered on a voluntary basis.

Teachers and staff had until Monday to be fully vaccinated in order to work on campus, where 99% of them had to meet deadlines.

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