With L.A. County schools preparing to fully reopen, the department of public health revised its protocols to reflect COVID-19 health measures.

In accordance with L.A. Public Health orders, K-12 students, staff and faculty will all be required to wear masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The measure includes indoor P.E. facilities with others present.

There will be medical exemptions for mask-wearing and if a student opts to not wear one, schools must offer “alternative educational opportunities.”

While not mandated by the county, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced last week that it would require proof of weekly negative COVID-19 tests for all students, staff and faculty, regardless of vaccination status.

“As part of our efforts to maintain the safest environment for our students, and employees,” LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megain K. Reilly said. “We are closely monitoring evolving health conditions and adapting our response in preparation for our full return to in-person learning on August 16.”

LAUSD’s COVID-19 health measures will also place an emphasis on physical distancing when possible, mandated face coverings, hand washing, “enhanced” sanitation measures and a filtration system that was approved by L.A. Public Health and installed in all LAUSD campus buildings.

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