Community Risk Levels
The Health & Safety strategies in place on school campus at any given time will be dependent on the current community level of risk, as defined by the CDC Community Risk Level Framework. Testing requirements across our schools consistent with the CDC Community Risk Level Framework:
- LOW: Response testing for symptomatic, exposure, positive cases; Return from break testing.
- MEDIUM: Response testing for symptomatic, exposure, positive cases; Return from break testing; Weekly at-home screening testing.
- HIGH: Response testing for symptomatic, exposure, positive cases; Return from break testing; Weekly at-home screening testing.
Please familiarize yourself with the safety measures in place across our schools within each level.
How To Get Tested
There are several free/low-cost options available to individuals to get tested for COVID-19. You do not need insurance to get free PCR and rapid antigen tests through any of these options:
- Free at-home PCR testing kits available via mail for Los Angeles County residents who are symptomatic or exposed to COVID-19.
- Free at-home PCR test kits available for pick up at designated libraries around LA County (you can also call 626-350-0537 or 626-434-3596 for information).
- Free at-home rapid antigen tests are available for pick up at Public Health vaccination sites around LA County. Call the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473 for hours and locations.
- Book a free PCR or rapid antigen test at various locations around LA County (you can also text or text 844-833-1334) or San Diego County.
- Book a PCR or rapid antigen test at a pharmacy near you. Many pharmacies offer COVID-19 tests. Call or visit the website for details.
- Walmart with Quest Diagnostics – for ages 2 and up
- CVS Health and Walgreens – for ages 3 and up
- Rite Aid – for ages 4 and up
- Independent pharmacies – visit doineedacovid19test.com
- Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 8 at-home COVID-19 tests at no-cost at covidtests.gov or 1-800-232-0233. Only your name and address is required to place order. **Ordering through this program will be suspended on Friday, September 2nd **
- Check with local retailers and pharmacies to see where at-home tests are on-sale.
- Most people with health insurance, including Medi-Cal, can get self-tests at no cost. Contact your health plan for instructions. If you go to a store and they don’t take your insurance, keep your receipts. Most health plans will reimburse some or all of the cost. For details, see CMS at home over the counter webpage.
- If you need assistance finding a medical provider or Covid-19 testing provider, please call 2-1-1. You can also find a health center near you by entering your zip code on the HRSA.gov website.
- Visit ph.lacounty.gov/covidtests to learn about the different types of COVID-19 tests, when to test, and what your test results mean.
Self-Swabbing for Students
Your child will self-administer an easy Covid-19 Test using a shallow nasal swab in the front of the nostril, under the supervision of a staff member. Please watch video for a quick overview!
We are partnering with the Valencia Branch Laboratory (VBL), a public health laboratory managed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Color software interface for processing test results.