Los Angeles Unified students will now be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to returning to school after the winter break and will have an extra day to comply.
School was originally slated to resume on Jan. 10, but the district has deemed that a “Pupil Free Day” and students will return to the classroom on Jan. 11.
“Los Angeles Unified now requires COVID-19 testing for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, before the first week back from winter break. All students and employees will be required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to come onto campus on January 11,” the district wrote in an email to parents on Monday.
LAUSD becomes the largest district in the nation to require a negative Covid-19 test and is offering rapid self-tests for students to pick up at various locations across the county on Friday and Saturday.
Weekly testing —which has been in place since students returned to school in the fall — will continue, and masks are required both indoors and out. They will be provided if necessary.
Vaccinations and boosters are being strongly recommended, but will not be required until the Fall semester.