Symptom Guidance and COVID-19 Information

  • When to Keep Your Child Home from School

    LAC DPH Symptom Guidance Chart

    If your student was sent home or did not attend school because of one or more symptom(s) of illness, please follow the instructions below. Please alert the school site attendance clerk if your student will be absent.

    Contact a health care provider if your child needs medical care. A doctor’s note is generally not required to return to school or child care.

    For more information, please visit the LAC DPH guidance page: LA County Disease Prevention and Response in Schools


    COVID Guidelines UPDATED 1/11/24

    Health authorities have recently revised guidelines regarding isolation to better align with the evolving nature of COVID-19 and its transition from a pandemic to an endemic state, where there is broad immunity from vaccination and/or natural infection and readily available therapeutics. These new updates aim to optimize our response to the disease, while ensuring the continued health and safety of our community. 

    The greatest deterrent to the spread of any illness is for students and staff to stay home when sick. Individuals should stay home if they have symptoms of illness and take a COVID test. While Covid-19 is less risky for most individuals than in the early stages of the pandemic, reducing transmission remains an essential strategy to minimize disruption at schools. We continue to offer free Covid-19 test kits at our schools.

    Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to:

    • Isolate (stay home) away from others until you have not had a fever for 24 hours (without using fever-reducing medication) and other symptoms are improving. LACDPH recommends that you test negative before leaving isolation. 
    • Wear a well fitting mask around others indoors for 10 days after you test positive, even if you have no symptoms. 
    • Monitor Yourself for Symptoms.  If you start feeling sick, follow instructions.  People who feel sick

    If you are a close contact to someone with Covid-19

    • Wear a well fitting mask around others indoors for 10 days after your last exposure
    • Monitor your health for 10 days after your last exposure
    • Get Tested 3-5 days after you were last exposed

    Here is the guidance we are following from LACDPH: English / Spanish. We can prevent the spread of many illnesses when everyone does their part and stays home when sick. Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our community. 

    COVID-19 Vaccine

    The best defense against COVID is to be up-to-date on COVID vaccines. For information about where to get vaccinated, visit the LA County Public Health How to Get Vaccinated webpage. Vaccination is available for ages 6 months and up. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine click here.

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    Common Side Effects After Vaccination 

    Common side effects after vaccination can include:

    • Soreness at the injection site, redness, swelling, fatigue, headache, fever, aches, or chills. This is a sign that the immune system is working to produce antibodies. If side effect symptoms persist longer than 48-72 hours, contact your medical provider for guidance. 
    • The Covid-19 vaccine does not cause symptoms of: a cough, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath.  If you experience these symptoms, isolate yourself immediately from others and contact your medical provider.