Schools urged to tighten testing, upgrade masks when they reopen Monday amid Omicron surge

Schools need to brace for increased COVID-19 outbreaks when districts resume classes after winter break, county officials warned as they raced to send out COVID-19 test kits and urged students and staff to increase the quality of their masks.

For 50 of the 80 school districts in Los Angeles County, Monday will be the first day of classes after at least a two-week break marked by exploding numbers of coronavirus cases fueled by the Omicron and Delta variants. Cases in California have more than quadrupled — and school caseloads are sure to be affected, public health officials said.

“We did really, really well at schools in the fall,” said county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in a Thursday media briefing. Click here to read more: