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As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares a return to in-person instruction, it announced that all students and school personnel will require weekly COVID-19 tests.

The tests will apply to all, regardless of vaccination status, reversing a previous plan to only test unvaccinated individuals.

“All students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, returning for in-person instruction must participate in baseline and ongoing weekly COVID testing,” Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said Thursday. “This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.”

Additional COVID-19 health measures will be in place with 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.

Even with the weekly testing, the district urged those who are eligible to get vaccinated as the city and county of Los Angeles continues to see rising COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant of the virus.

LA Weekly