L.A. Unified updates Covid-19 protocols ahead of spring semester

Starting Jan. 11, the start of the spring semester, students and faculty attending L.A. Unified schools will be tested weekly for the coronavirus only if they have not been vaccinated. By then, faculty and most students who are age 12 and older are expected to be fully vaccinated. The change is a departure from their current testing policy that requires all faculty, staff, and students to test weekly for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status.

The district has also updated its masking policy, allowing students to remove their masks outdoors if more than 85% of their school is fully vaccinated. This change indicates that most middle and high school students could be outdoors without a mask next year.

Booster shots and vaccines for 5-11 year old students are not required, though the district is offering them to those who may want them.—Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource, November 18, 2021