Happy New Year!
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends ongoing prevention strategies to mitigate new respiratory and other infections in the new year.
- Frequent hand washing including before meals, after restroom use, after handling tissues
- Consider the use of masks indoors for first two weeks back to school after holidays
- Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue or sleeve, not hands
- Tissues should be properly disposed of in trash receptacles
- Avoid physical contact and sharing utensils with anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of an illness
In Los Angeles County, California, current COVID community level is Medium.
- If you are at high risk of getting very sick, wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) when indoors in public.
- If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors with them.
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including recommended booster doses.
- Maintain ventilation improvements.
- Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
COVID Travel advisories
In general, please do not send children to school if they are sick with acute symptoms (fever, productive or new cough, diarrhea/vomiting). Some of the cold and respiratory symptoms can linger for some time unfortunately. We encourage students to stay home when acutely ill and for those who are on the mend, who are able to get good sleep and have a typical appetite and energy level to return to school. Please continue to report all absences to the school office via phone or email.
Please continue to report all positive COVID cases to school nurse Emily Green firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then provide return guidance. General isolation instructions are to isolate for a minimum of 5 days from positive test or symptom onset and then return to school after a negative test on day 6-10. No student needs to be isolated for longer than 10 days.
Take good care!
Dr. Emily Green, Director of Health Services