COVID-19 Information 2021-2022
WEEKLY TESTING PLAN for January 10 through February 28, 2022
Highland Hall will be requiring weekly testing during this 8-week period. To support that, school staff will be administering rapid antigen testing for all students, pre-K through grade 12 as well as faculty and staff, Monday morning at the Treehouse. Testing will happen intermittently during the morning.
Please note that Mondays will be regular school days following our regular schedule, with the exception of Monday, January 17, which is a holiday. Testing will occur on Tuesday, January 18 that week.
If your student has not yet tested on campus, please sign up for testing: https://my.primary.health/l/highland_hall_waldorf_school
Alternatively, you may submit a negative PCR test collected on Saturday or Sunday. Please note, many labs are slow to produce results right now. We recommend taking a test on Saturday morning to increase the likelihood that you have the results on Monday. Please submit student results here by Sunday at 5 pm in order to be exempt from Monday on-campus testing: Covid Test Results form (Students) (jotform.com)
Testing for ECC students under the age of 4 1/2
- ECC students under the age of 4 1/2 need to be escorted by a Parent for on-campus testing. This testing is at 7:30 am on Monday mornings at the Treehouse. Alternatively, you may submit a negative PCR test collected on Saturday or Sunday. (See below for testing locations)
- If this is routine weekly testing, you may drop off your child after testing. You do not need to wait for the test results.
- If this is testing due to symptoms, exposure or a positive test result, or after returning from an extended break, you will need to wait with your child until you have received a confirmed negative test result. Please plan to bring something to occupy your child while you wait. This is not a time to play with friends. After receiving a negative test, please escort your child to the ECC to be welcomed by their teacher.
Testing for ECC student older than age 4 ½ and all in Grades 1-12
- Teachers will be bringing their classes for testing, with priority given to our youngest students first. Alternatively, you may submit a negative PCR test collected on Saturday or Sunday. (See below for testing locations)
- Parents who want to accompany their child for testing on campus must come for testing at 7:30 am on Monday at the Treehouse.
- Parents who prefer to have their child come for testing with their class must sign our consent form.
Click here to sign up here to consent to having your student tested weekly without needing a parent. (Parents who already signed up to have their students tested in our voluntary weekly testing program do not need to sign up again)
COVID TESTING INFORMATION- 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.
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)
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:
Find a health center near you. Please call ahead to make an appointment.
For local testing information, visit the California health department's website.
COVID TESTING INFORMATION- Drive up to the lab testing
We have an arrangement with UDL to provide free, drive-up testing, no appointment needed, for our community. This is a PCR, mouth swab 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 so that we can receive your results. Generally, the school has been receiving results more quickly than individuals. Please use the form below to expedite this at the lab.
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
How do I report test results?
When is there on-campus testing?
- Mondays 7:30 am [Parents may accompany their students at this testing time]
- Mondays 8:30-1:00 pm
- Tuesdays: 2:30 - 4:00 pm [Parents may accompany their students at this testing time after dismissal]
- Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 pm
- Thursdays: 8:00 -9:30 am [Parents may accompany their students to these testing times]
Does my student need to quarantine after we travel?
What protocols govern Highland Hall's handling of the COVID pandemic?
- 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)
HIGHLAND HALL Protocols
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Explaining the News to Our Kids
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus - (NY Times)
- 10 Questions Parents may have about Coronavirus - (NY Times)
- Coping Under COVID - Resources for Parents.
- Waldorf Education eNews - The official eNews of AWSNA.