For this 2022-2023 school year, we will continue to follow the Los Angeles County Department of Health directives when formulating our COVID Protocols.
Right now, LA County has defined the level of COVID transmission as "medium." Of course, this can change at any time. Please read our updated COVID Protocols PDF file displayed in the righthand-side column.
A FEW KEY DETAILS:
- Daily Health Screenings of parents or visitors is no longer required.
- We will resume the drop off and pick up routines that were in place pre-pandemic. Parents are welcome to park and walk on campus during drop off and pick up times.
- Masks are strongly recommended when indoors, but not required.
- On campus testing provided by Heluna Health is available Monday mornings until 1 pm. (Read details below)
- Weekly asymptomatic testing is strongly recommended for students who participate in sports, singing class, winds class and orchestra.
- Testing is required if a person is symptomatic.
- Symptoms for possible COVID 19 for ECC and Lower School students are: fever over 100, new cough; vomiting; or any onset diarrhea.
- Symptoms for High School students are: fever or feverish feelings, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
- You may use any testing resource that is convenient for you, including a home test.
- Please email the front office the test results.
- Testing is required if your child had a positive COVID test and is returning to school between day 5-10.
- For these tests, you must either use Heluna Health on campus, an area lab, or submit a time stamped photo of your home test to the front office by email.
COVID TESTING INFORMATION - Testing on Campus
If you would like to utilize this service at any time during this school year, please sign up here to register. Re-registration is required even if you used the service last year.
COVID TESTING - Where else can I get free testing from the County/City?
The COVID-19 testing sites on the LA County COVID-19 Testing website offer no-cost (free) testing. Some examples of LA County testing sites near school:
(1) Valley Urgent Care 9335 Reseda Blvd. #100, Northridge 1.17 miles away . Drive-up (by appointment) Walk-up (by appointment) Make an appointment
(2) Balboa Park OptumServe 5903 N. Balboa Blvd Van Nuys 4.4 miles away Drive-up only (by appointment) Make appointment
(3) Mid Valley YMCA City of Los Angeles 6901 Lennox Ave. Van Nuys 4.97 miles away No appointment necessary - register in person Walk-up only Make appointment
Additionally, the City of Los Angeles also offers free COVID-19 testing. Their interactive map makes it easy to find a testing site near you.
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) has also partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country. Also see free at-home COVID-19 Tests website.
Please visit these companies' websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.
No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:
For local testing information, visit the California health department's website.
COVID TESTING - Drive up to the lab testing
We have an arrangement with UDL to provide drive-up testing, no appointment needed, for our community. They can provide a PCR or a rapid test.
- Please note that they have had longer wait times and a slower turnaround time on lab results due to the current surge.
- You must use the Highland Hall account #1003315. Generally, the school has been receiving results more quickly than individuals. Please use the form below to expedite this at the lab.
- This is free for individuals with most insurance coverages, but have a cost of $65 for individuals without insurance and those insured with United Healthcare and Oscar insurance companies.
- Parents must report lab results to Shanda Cox by email, [email protected]
Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Universal Diagnostic Laboratories
6700 Valjean Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Does my student need to quarantine after we travel?
COVID Protocols for Campus Visitors
Adult visitors to Highland Hall’s campus who will be working directly with our students follow the same protocols as our teachers and staff. Current guidelines do not require a health screening or vaccination report. All individuals with COVID symptoms should not come on campus. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID within the past 10 days must have tested negative on Days 3-5, and must wear a high quality mask.
What protocols govern Highland Hall's handling of the COVID pandemic?
- For the most recent updates see the LA County Health Officer Order and the LA County Post Winter Surge Response Plan.
- For our PreK and K, Early Childhood Center, see the California Department of Health Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs. As our ECC licensing is governed by the California Department of Social Services you might also find their publications helpful: COVID-19 Child Care Resources
- For Grades 1-12: See the Los Angeles County Department of Health Reopening Protocols and the California Department of Public Health CA Covid-19 School Readiness Hub.
- For the symptom, testing and quarantine protocols we are following see ScreeningEducationSettings.pdf (lacounty.gov) Decision Pathways.
- For AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS, see Reopening_YouthSports.pdf (lacounty.gov)
- For TRAVEL related issues, see Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
- For EXPOSURE MANAGEMENT protocols in the event of a positive COVID case in our community, see ExposureManagementPlan_K12Schools.pdf (lacounty.gov)
- For TEACHERS and STAFF employee related protocols, see Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) generally and more specifically California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3205. COVID-19 Prevention..
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