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Safe Steps for safe schools

The current COVID-19 community risk level for both Los Angeles and San Diego counties is LOW

Safe Steps for Safe Schools

We know that in order to keep our schools operational and ensure continuity of in-person learning, we must have healthy students and healthy team members! Our health & safety measures will implement proven mitigation strategies in alignment with the CDC community level framework

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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.

Safety Step #1

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.

Mask Up

Community Risk Level Framework

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 and updated weekly by the CDC Community Risk Level Framework.

Levels can be LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH, informed by the number of hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new Covid-19 cases in an area. 

Please familiarize yourself with the safety measures in place across our schools within each level here.

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KIPP SoCal Masking Requirements

Masking requirements in place across our schools in alignment with the CDC Community Risk Level Framework:

  • Low: Indoor/outdoor masking optional
  • Medium: Indoor masking required for all individuals on campus, outdoor masking optional
  • High: Indoor and outdoor masking required for all individuals on campus
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), however any vaccine requirements would not take effect until after full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023.

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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.
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Vaccine Record Collection

  • KIPP SoCal will collect immunization records for all eligible students, currently ages 12+ without medical exemption.
  • 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.
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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
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.

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KIPP SoCal COVID-19 FAQs

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.

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COVID-19 Family Hotline

888-407-2019

Help Keep Our Community Safe

Click on each resource below to view our health & safety procedures.

Safe Return to School

Academic Calendar

We recognize the importance of keeping our families informed about events and activities on campus. View the 2022-2023 academic calendar for your neighborhood KIPP school.

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.