School district data show that about 62,000 students and staff have tested positive for Covid-19 as they prepare to return to school on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Unified School District Requires a Negative Result
With Omicron ranging throughout the US, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has set a mandatory for all students and employees to present a negative test result before returning to school. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest district, with more than 640,000 students enrolled in grades K-12. A total of 414,000 test results have been reported, with a 14.99 percent positive rate. In addition with far lower than the optimistic percentage in Los Angeles County as a whole, where the rate of the positive has surged above 22 percent.
The baseline test requirement was implemented in August, at the beginning of the school year. Over the past week, the district has been offering PCR testing on campuses. Furthermore, take-home rapid antigen tests were also distributed to all students.
Free at Home Rapid COVID0-19 Test
Superintendent Megan Reilly announced in her welcome-back message for students, “There may be some lines at the start of the school day as well as the long wait times for buses. I wanna share my appreciation with a thank you for your continued patience and partnership. Keeping our schools safe is a top priority and we truly appreciate for doing your part.”
Last week, for the preparation in return to class the school district, distributes free, at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits for students to come back to their assigned classroom comes as several districts throughout the U.S. have started to shut down schools in light of the highly infectious COVID-19 omicron variant. The Biden administration has placed its support behind in-person learning, promoting its “test to stay” policy for classrooms to reduce the absences and quarantining among students.
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