LAUSD will require Covid-19 testing for all students, staff
Regardless of their vaccination status, staff and students in Los Angeles Unified will be required to participate in weekly Covid-19 testing this school year, Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said a letter to parents on Thursday.
Previously, the district planned to required coronavirus testing only for staff and students who are unvaccinated.
The shift in policy comes as Covid-19 rates and the Delta variant continue to rise in Los Angeles County and beyond. While students have the option to participate in remote learning in Los Angeles Unified this fall, state and district leaders are urging families to return to in-person instruction after a troubling year of distance learning that left many students unaccounted for.
“We are closely monitoring evolving health conditions and adapting our response in preparation for our full return to in-person learning on August 16,” Reilly said in the letter. Baseline testing for students returning to campus begins Aug. 2, she added.