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Safe Steps for safe schools

Safe Steps for Safe Schools

On Oct 1, 2021, California State Governor Gavin Newsom mandated COVID-19 vaccination for all in-person K-12 students. This will make the proof of the Covid-19 vaccine a necessary immunization record needed to enroll into any California school, public or private. We expect all students 12+ will need to be vaccinated by August 2022 and all students ages 5-11 will need to be vaccinated by January 2023.

Get Tested
Given declining KIPP SoCal case rates, continued prevention measures in place (ie. masking, high quality ventilation) and increased immunity within our communities, KIPP SoCal has moved towards gradually scaling back our universal screening testing program. While we are scaling back, we will continue to maintain the same high level of response testing for positive cases, symptomatic individuals and close contacts.
  • Each week, we will notify a subset of our families to participate in our weekly testing for the following week.
  • The number of students tested each week at your student’s school will depend on the level of Covid-19 immunity that exists in the school community. Schools that have a higher level of immunity (from Covid vaccination or recent infection) have more natural protection from Covid-19. 
  • Assuming Covid-19 case rates remain stable, the number of students tested weekly will gradually decrease overtime for every school before completely phasing out the screening testing program. 
  • We will be prepared to temporarily increase testing for periods of time as needed (i.e., in the event of a surge and/or a trend of increased positivity rate).
  • In the event of a positive case or exposure to Covid-19, testing will continue to be offered at school for all students, as needed according to KIPP SoCal’s COVID-19 response protocols.

There are several free/low-cost options available to individuals to get tested for COVID-19 outside of school.

If you have insurance, begin by contacting your doctor, local hospital, clinic or local pharmacy. If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, your insurance will pay you back for 8 at-⁠home tests each month for each person on your plan. Learn more about insurance reimbursement here.

However, you do not need insurance to get free PCR and rapid antigen tests through any of the options listed below:

  • Free at-home PCR testing kits are available for pick up at designated locations in Los Angeles County for individuals who have symptoms of Covid-19 or think they were exposed to Covid-19.
  • Individuals can book a free PCR test at various locations around LA County or San Diego County.
  • Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 8 at-home COVID-19 tests at no-cost! If you haven’t already done so, order yours at covidtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233. Only your name and residential address is required to place an order.
  • At-⁠home tests are available for sale around LA County & San Diego County and online. Check with local retailers and pharmacies to see where at-⁠home tests are available. 
  • If you do not have a healthcare provider and would like to get connected to one, or if you need assistance finding a Covid-19 testing provider, please call 2-1-1.
  • Find daily and county updates on COVID-19, on-going health & safety protocols, vaccination information and resources and preventative practices to mitigate the spread at CDC.gov.

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.

Mask Up

Keeping up with Protocols

On April 4th, outdoor masking will become optional for all individuals on KIPP SoCal school campuses. Based on the low positivity rates across all of our schools, Covid-19 trends in the larger communities, guidance from Public Health departments, and learnings from other Districts/orgs who have already made this change, we are confident that this next health & safety release in our phased approach is appropriate at this time.

Big changes come with big feelings, feel free to review our K-1, 2nd - 4th grade, and Middle School discussion guides with your children during this transitional period.

Mask Up

Keeping up with Protocols

On April 4th, outdoor masking will become optional for all individuals on KIPP SoCal school campuses, and big changes come with big feelings. Feel free to review our discussion guides below with your children during this transitional period.

Get Vaccinated

California has become the first State to mandate student COVID-19 vaccines

  • California has added COVID-19 to list of other vaccinations required for school (e.g. measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Students age 12+ will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning beginning July 1, 2022.
  • We anticipate students ages 5-11 will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning beginning January 1, 2023.
Get Vaccinated

COVID-19 Vaccines are Safe; Find A Vaccination Site

  • COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested for children of all ages, with a more stringent requirements than adults.
  • The Pediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine is 1/3 the strength of an adult dose and in testing, children 5-11 experience the same mostly minor side effects.
  • Visit myturn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255 to schedule an appointment at a vaccination site near you.
Get Vaccinated

Vaccine Record Collection

  • KIPP SoCal will be collecting immunization records for all eligible students, currently ages 12+ without medical exemption for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.
  • Families can submit vaccination records through 1) 'Vaccination verification form' on Parent Square, 2) Send vaccine card or digital record via email to School Business Operations Manager, 3) Bring vaccine card or digital record to School's front desk.
Get Vaccinated

Acceptable Forms of Vaccine Record

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (DHHS or WHO).
  • A photo or screenshot of the Vaccination Record card.
  • Documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider.
  • A digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type (Healthvana card from LA County does not qualify).
Stay Home If Sick

Stay Home If Sick or Exposed

Keep your child home and seek medical care and testing if they’re feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

Tested positive for COVID-19 in past 10 days or has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • New onset of cough
  • New onset of severe headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea or vomiting.

Known Exposure:

  • Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 OR
  • Close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days
  • Note: Close contact = Within 6 ft of a suspected or confirmed infected individual for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period
Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Stay updated with the latest announcements and information on Parent Square.

  • Make sure your contact info is accurate and up to date.
  • Program the school’s phone number into your cell phone.
  • Reach out to your school administrator if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Stay Connected


With the ever-changing state, county, district mandates and guidance, please feel free to visit our FAQs for the latest information on protocols and policies at KIPP SoCal Public Schools.


Stay Connected

COVID-19 Family Hotline


Upcoming Events

KSOL/KIA COVID Vaccination Clinic

May 28, 2022 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

KEA COVID Vaccination Clinic

Jun 4, 2022 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

KEA COVID Vaccination Clinic

Jun 25, 2022 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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