L.A. Unified orders COVID testing before school resumes amid high Omicron anxiety

The Los Angeles school district has ordered coronavirus tests for all students and staff before they return from winter break next week as a new period of high anxiety takes hold among parents and educators amid the explosive surge of the Omicron variant.

Many parents expressed fears over the rapidly spreading contagion; others are terrified about possible campus closures that could derail a return to normalcy needed for the mental health and academic recovery of their children.

Although none of the 80 school districts in L.A. County has announced a return to online learning — with 50 school systems beginning on Monday — county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told school leaders to brace for the worse surge yet, with perhaps 10% of students and staff testing positive at the start of school, according to those who were familiar with a morning briefing. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-03/la-unified-mandatory-covid-testing-before-school-resumes-omicron-surge