A huge thank you goes out to all LBUSD students and families for your patience and perseverance as we continue to implement evolving pandemic guidance from local and state health officials. After the Monday holiday, LBUSD will begin following newly updated guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). That guidance is summarized below, along with some important reminders and updates.
Contact Tracing and Home Testing
Starting the week of Jan. 17, when a positive case is confirmed in a classroom, all students in that class will receive an exposure notification.
By Friday, Jan. 21, each LBUSD school will distribute a box with two COVID-19 antigen rapid tests to students in grades K-12. After the first test kit distribution, additional kits will be distributed home with each student within two weeks.
COVID-19 tests are recommended for your child when you receive a notification that your child has been exposed.
When testing your child due to an exposure, tests are recommended for use three to five days after the exposure.
If the home test is negative:
No further action is required. The student may return to school.
If the home test is positive:
Keep your child home and notify the school.
If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, before returning to school, they will still need to produce a negative test administered through a medical entity such as the local health department or a local pharmacy.
Please note that at-home testing also is separate from the continued testing that is taking place for students participating in LBUSD sports and athletics. These students will continue to be subject to testing as per the recommendations of CDPH.
These students continue to be eligible for shortened home quarantine, which can end after day seven if the student tests negative on or after day five from the date of the last exposure.
Masks continue to be required indoors for all students and staff. Masks also are recommended outdoors and are required outdoors for students who have been exposed (for 10 days after exposure).
COVID Test Clinics
Students and employees who need a COVID-19 test can still take advantage of testing clinics offered by Long Beach Health and Human Services on Mondays through Fridays at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach. Enter from Hill Street. Testing is offered 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of a 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. break each day. These clinics are specifically for LBUSD staff and students only. PCR and antigen rapid tests will be offered. No appointment is needed. The Cabrillo clinic will be open during the Jan. 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Thank you again to our LBUSD families for supporting our efforts to offer in-person learning with these health and safety measures.
Long Beach Unified School District