COVID-19 Information Fall 2021
- 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 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)
HIGHLAND HALL Protocols
COVID TESTING INFORMATION
OPTION 1: Every and Any Day Testing: Drive-up to the lab; no appointment needed
The lab we are using provides free, drive-up testing, no appointment needed. This is a PCR, mouth swab test, with a 12-hour turnaround time.
Monday- Friday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Sat-Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Universal Diagnostic Laboratories
6700 Valjean Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Please tell them the name of the school, Highland Hall, and our Account #1003315.
OPTION 2: Weekly Testing on Campus
Free weekly COVID testing will be provided on campus on Fridays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, at the Treehouse. This is a PCR, mouth swab test, with a 12-hour turnaround time. If you want to participate, please sign up here for testing. You do not need to pick a specific time but it helps us plan the volume.
- For students/parents in the ECC through Grades 1-6: Please park and walk to retrieve your child to bring to the Treehouse.
- For students in Grades 7-12: You must sign up your child in advance. You do not need to go to the test with them but they must bring their testing paperwork that you have signed with them. These forms are provided upon sign-up. After School Care is free until 4:30 pm for students who are signed up for 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.
The City of Los Angeles also offers free COVID-19 testing.
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 (HHS website)
These companies are coordinating with state and local governments to:
- Provide Americans with faster, less invasive and more convenient testing
- Protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct-contact with symptomatic individuals
- Expand testing to communities across the United States, especially those that are under-tested and socially vulnerable
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.
Is My Student Required to Test?
At this time, LA County Department of Health does not mandate school testing except in limited circumstances. Please note that these protocols were updated earlier this week. The following students are currently required to test at least weekly:
- All unvaccinated students who are playing AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS, whether indoors or outdoors.
- All students who are playing an INDOOR, AFTER SCHOOL SPORT, whether or not they are vaccinated.
We encourage people to utilize testing services. All household members are welcome to do so.
How do I report test results?
Does my student need to quarantine after we travel?
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