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COVID-19 Toolkit


This toolkit is designed to help schools and administrators prevent and respond to COVID-19 in schools. It includes information on requirements and recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission, tools, and reporting information for when there are COVID-19 cases at a school.

Flu and RSV resources:

Protocols/guidance for schools, youth sports, and camps
Wear a mask
  • Protocol for TK-12 schools (updated 3/14/23)
    This document details the employee and student safety and infection control protocols for COVID-19. These are in addition to the guidance from the State Public Health Officer and the California Department of Education for schools.
    Protocol for TK-12 Schools (Health Officer Order - T1). Click here for additional languages.


  • Technical assistance for schools
    Schools and administrators with questions regarding protocols or in need of technical assistance can contact the School Technical Assistance Team (STAT) at TASchoolSupport@ph.lacounty.gov.
Youth Sports Protocol
Guidance for Camps
What to do when you have a COVID-19 case at your facility
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Exposure Management Plans

Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Managing Symptoms and Exposures in TK-12 Schools

Requirements for Reporting Cases at Your School
Schools and programs serving school-aged youth must notify LAC Department of Public Health (DPH) of all clusters of 3 or more cases of COVID-19 in a classroom, office, or other pre-defined or identifiable group (i.e., cohort, team/club, etc.) who were linked and on campus at any point within the 14 days prior to illness onset date. Refer to the TK-12 Schools Exposure Management Plan for additional details.

  • How to report: Report clusters of 3 or more school-associated COVID-19 cases through the secure web application, Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracing (SPOT). This can be done on a computer or mobile device. If reporting multiple cases, you may choose to use the “Bulk Upload Template” (an Excel file) located within the SPOT Portal.
  • Training Resources:
Flow charts for quarantine, testing and isolation at school

Instructions for Cases and Close Contacts

  • Flow charts (PDF: English | Español) (under revision)

    Flow charts for schools that provide guidance on actions for those in isolation and those identified as close contacts.

Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan

Notifying Staff, Students, and Families of Actions to Take for Isolation and Close Contacts
Schools and programs serving TK-12 youth can adapt these exposure notification letter templates for notifications to students and staff on actions to take if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or if they had an exposure to a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period while at the site.

  • Isolation Notification Letter: Notification letter for staff, students, and their families on isolation guidance after a positive COVID-19 viral test result.
  • Exposure Notification Letters: Notification letters for close contacts and individuals with potential exposure to persons with COVID-19 during their infectious period while at the site.
For TK-12 schools: English | Spanish (updated 1/27/23) | For Youth Sports Programs (updated 1/27/23)

Youth Recreational Sports Programs
If an individual with confirmed COVID-19 participated during their infectious period in any games, tournaments, or other Youth Recreational Sports Program-related activities involving other teams, the Youth Recreational Sports Program Compliance Officer should notify close contacts on their own team AND notify the opposing team(s) of potential exposure. Compliance officers for all affected teams need to work collaboratively to notify individuals who meet the criteria for having been exposed. (Refer to the Youth Sports Programs Exposure Notification Letter Templates.)

Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
  • Exposure notice to make people aware that they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19 if they visited a location.
COVID-19 testing
  • Testing for employees
    • For information about testing requirements for employers, including when they have to offer testing to employees at no cost and during paid time, see the Cal/OSHA Non-Emergency Regulations.
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan


  • General testing information
    • ph.lacounty.gov/covidtests—provides information on the different types of COVID-19 tests, when testing is recommended, and how to interpret the results.
    • lacounty.gov/testing or call 2-1-1 to find a free COVID-19 test site in LA County. Drive through or walk-up testing sites are available, and appointments are not always needed.
COVID-19 prevention

Remote Work

  • Vaccination
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
    • VaccinateLAcounty.com (or VacunateLosAngeles.com Spanish)—Information on COVID-19 vaccines, safety and select "Click here to get vaccinated" in LA County. Vaccines are available for free for all, regardless of insurance or immigration status. No appointment is needed at many locations. Free transportation and in-home vaccination are available through the DPH Vaccine Call Center 1-833-540-0473.
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan
Mental health resources
  • LA County Department of Mental Health
    • 24/7 Help Line 800-854-7771—provides mental health support, resources, and referrals
    • dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information—mental health resources for LA County residents
    • PsychHub's Mental Health Resource Hub—free resources to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • iPrevail.com—free access for LA County residents to iPrevail, online mental health resource to help with life's everyday stressors. Access in English and Spanish 24/7. After a short assessment, you are connected to customized support to meet your needs. Options include:
      • on-demand chat with trained Peer Coaches,
      • self-paced lessons on a variety of topics to improve wellbeing, and
      • community support groups
  • CDC
    • Coping with stress—information on healthy ways to cope with stress, resources, and crisis hotline numbers
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