COVID-19

Indoor Masking
In line with the UCLA campus shift announced on August 16, 2022, indoor masking is strongly encouraged but no longer required for children over the age of two and faculty, staff, parents, caregivers and visitors at UCLA Lab School.
 
Masking continues to be required following early release from isolation or quarantine or in the event of a classroom exposure.
 
A highly protective mask (i.e. surgical, N95, KN95 or KP94) while indoors with others is strongly recommended. Parents may decide whether their children will mask indoors. Parents and caregivers should communicate with their teachers about their preference in this regard and we will do our best to work with the children.
 
Outdoor masking remains optional, although it is strongly recommended when in large crowds or at events.
 
COVID Testing

Rapid antigen tests will be required for the first day of return to school after summer break, starting September 7. 
 
Weekly COVID-19 testing is required for children ages four and older and for all our employees. PCR tests are distributed weekly on Tuesdays and are available for children on day 3-5 after a classroom exposure. Those who test positive through the UCLA testing program will be contacted by the UCLA Exposure Management Team for isolation instructions. 
 
Quarantine/Isolation Protocols—Test to Stay Protocol
If there is a positive case of COVID in the classroom, children may continue to come to school so long as they remain symptom free and test 3-5 days after the exposure. We notify the school community of all positive COVID cases at school as soon as possible, typically the same day. 
 
Household Quarantine
If there is a positive case of COVID in a child's household, the child must stay home and quarantine. The quarantine period for children who are exposed to COVID at home will be until the affected household members have exited isolation. 
 
Families are asked to report all positive cases of COVID in the home to the school at the following address: covidnotification@labschool.ucla.edu

The format for reporting is posted on the school portal.
 
Vaccinations and Boosters
Vaccination is one of the most important strategies for preventing severe illness from COVID-19 and for optimizing the outcomes for those who become infected. This is especially important for those who are part of high-risk and/or vulnerable populations.
 
Children ages five and older need to be fully vaccinated by the start of the school year or have submitted an exception request to the school. 
 
Four-year-old children must have received at least their first dose of COVID vaccine in order to begin school the first day.
 
Families are asked to submit proof of their children’s vaccinations via the Magnus Health portal.
 
More about COVID-19 vaccinations can be found on the CDC website, here.

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2022