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COVID-19 Updates

From now on, the latest updates for COVID protocols at Mann UCLA Community School can be found on the district website:

UPDATE (August 9, 2021):

In preparation for the new school year and in alignment with the July 29, 2022 guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles Unified is committed to implementing the following safety procedures: 

  • Masking: Indoor masking is strongly recommended at all Los Angeles Unified schools and workplaces. 
    • All schools have surgical masks available for distribution upon request to any student or employee.
  • Response Testing: Similar to our summer school programs, Los Angeles Unified is implementing a “response testing” protocol during the 2022-2023 school year using at-home rapid antigen tests. 
    • The California Department of Public Health recommends that “antigen tests be considered the primary option for detecting COVID-19 in schools, compared to PCR tests.” The antigen test provides rapid results for individuals who have virus levels that are high enough to transmit the virus. The PCR tests have a high level of sensitivity and can pick up low levels of the virus both before and after infection. This may cause students to unnecessarily miss school with low levels of the virus despite being asymptomatic and not being a risk to transmit to others. Therefore, the antigen tests will help to ensure that every child has access to in-person learning while maintaining a safe school environment.
    • Weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is no longer required.
    • Testing will only be required for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or those who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive.
    • Symptomatic students and close contacts will be provided with an at-home rapid antigen test by their school.
    • Students who become symptomatic or ill while at school are required to wear a mask while being treated at the health office and waiting to be picked up by a parent/guardian. School administrators will provide a rapid antigen test kit for the symptomatic student to take home.
    • If parents have questions they can call their school site or the Family Help Desk at (213) 443-1300.
  • Back to School Rapid Antigen Testing:Antigen at-home rapid tests will be distributed to all students and staff and should be used within 48 hours prior to entering campus for the first day of school. We will also be distributing antigen at-home rapid tests at the end of the first week of school. All students and staff should also take a rapid test within 48 hours prior to the start of the second week of school.If an individual tests positive on a rapid antigen test, please upload the result onto the Daily Pass.
    • If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, congestion, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, please keep your child at home. Your child must take an at-home rapid test and can return to school if the test is negative, when symptoms have improved and your child is fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.
    • Based on differences in testing distribution across school sites, your principal will provide information about how you can access rapid tests between August 8 through August 12, and throughout the school year. 

UPDATE (September 9, 2021):

As part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s efforts to provide the safest possible environment in which to learn and work, all students 12 years old and older will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 10, 2022, unless they have a medical or other exemption. 

A proof of vaccination must be uploaded into the Los Angeles Unified’s Daily Pass system.

Read LAUSD’s statement on the vaccine requirement by clicking HERE.

UPDATE (September 4, 2021):

Los Angeles Unified is providing COVID testing for all students and staff. All Mann UCLA staff and students will be tested on campus on Fridays during school hours.

Read on for what to do if your student is in quarantine at home:

We also encourage all of our students (12 and older) and their families to get vaccinated. The following slideshow was shared with our students during science class last semester:

UPDATE (August 6, 2021):

Los Angeles Unified COVID Testing Program

Los Angeles Unified is providing COVID testing for all students and staff.

All students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, returning for in-person instruction must participate in baseline and ongoing weekly COVID testing. This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Baseline testing begins on Monday, August 2.

Tests are free, quick, easy, and your personal information will remain confidential!

Find a testing site near you:

All students and staff must test before returning to campus:

Students and staff will continue to use LAUSD’s Daily Pass System:

Student & Family Checklist

  1. All students must complete a COVID Test to ensure that they are negative for COVID-19. A flyer with locations and times is posted below.
  2. Once a negative COVID-19 test result is confirmed, students need to go to to obtain a Daily Pass that will allow them on campus. Instructions for how to access Daily Pass are posted below.
  3. The Daily Pass contains a QR code that must be presented at our school entrance, before each school day.
  4. Students will arrive at school at 8:00 AM. Students will present their Daily Pass and get their temperature checked (contactless). Students must wear a mask the entire time they are on campus (except to drink water and during breakfast/lunch).

How to use LAUSD’s Daily Pass System

  • Students, parents and visitors will access the Daily Pass on any computer, tablet or mobile device at

  • Answer the daily health check questions (not more than a two-minute process!)
    • Do you agree to commit to the safest behaviors (wear face coverings, avoid inviting people into the home, minimize close physical contact) possible and in so doing, keeping the schools safer?
    • In the past 14 days have you not had any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever of 100 degrees or greater
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Fatigue (new or severe)
      • Any of the following not due to a chronic condition: cough, congestion, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell
    • Have you had close physical contact with anyone with the symptoms above, or a COVID-19 case?
    • Have you had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days?
    • Have you traveled outside of Souther California in the past 10 days?
    • Are you under a quarantine or isolation order?

  • If the individual has recently tested negative for COVID-19 and completes the online health check, a QR code will be generated for that day and specific site location

  • School staff members dedicated to be “Welcomers” will be at every site to scan the QR code and take your temperature at the entrance.

Daily Pass Tutorials for Parents and Students

UPDATE (April 14, 2021):

Message from the District regarding Grab and Go Centers:

“”Now that students are returning to the classroom, we will be transitioning our food service back to a school-based effort focused on children. Beginning the week of April 12, students who return for in-person instruction will be provided multiple meals at school while students who continue with online learning from home can still pick up meals from their own school site. This will make certain every child can continue to receive meals from their local school.

As schools open over the rest of the month, our Grab & Go Food Centers will close. Friday, April 9th, will be the final day of service for 22 of the school-based centers and the remaining 41 centers will close on April 16th. The center at Webster Middle School will close on 4/16.

-Community of Schools Administrator Joyce Dara”

UPDATE (April 14, 2021):

Mann UCLA Community School will open its campus again for in person school on Monday, April 26, 2021. Please keep in mind that the only students permitted to be on campus for in person learning are those who completed the Return to Campus Survey and have their Daily Pass complete. The Reopening Calendar is posted below:

UPDATE (March 12, 2021):

On March 10, 2021, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) reached an agreement that paved the way for middle and high schools to open sometime in April 2021.

Families, please complete the Campus Program Selection Form

This survey must be filled out to let the district know how your student will participate in instruction when schools reopen. All families will need to complete this Program Selection Form by March 19 so that we can adequately prepare to provide an instructional program that meets your child’s needs. Please note that if no response is received for your child, the default will be for your child to continue learning online. You will also have the option to change how your child will participate in instruction every two weeks after schools reopen by contacting your school.

Resources that outline what in person school would look like can be= found on our LAUSD Return to Campus – Resources page.

UPDATE (December 7, 2020):


I hope this finds you and your family safe and well. My commitment remains the same as I made when we were forced to close schools in March – we will not reopen schools until it’s safe and appropriate to do so. This commitment also means we must respond to current conditions in the community. Because of the extremely high level of COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area, it is no longer safe and appropriate to have any students on campus. We will also be asking those who are currently working at schools to work from home if at all possible for the rest of the semester. This is greatly disappointing to all who have been working so hard to build a proper foundation for students’ return to campus. Clean schools, proper health protocols and COVID-19 testing for all at schools make a difference but they don’t provide immunity to the virus. We can’t create a bubble for the school community. When things are so dangerous in the communities we serve it has implications for schools as well.

A Stay at Home Order means what it says. While our practices and protocols are working, the level of risk is too high and it is growing. These changes at schools will remain in effect until the next school semester begins on January 11. We’ll continue to evaluate the situation and provide updated information along the way.

Our food relief efforts at schools will remain open because the need continues – we provided almost ½ million meals to hungry children and adults just this past Friday alone. We will also continue providing free COVID-19 testing at schools because it is keeping our school community safer and it provides us with important information we will need to reopen schools in the safest way possible.

Our goal remains the same – to return students to schools as soon as possible in the safest way possible. Local conditions matter – COVID-19 case levels in Los Angeles are almost 3 times higher than those in San Francisco and twice those in New York. If the level of COVID-19 in Los Angeles was like that in San Francisco or New York, we would not be taking these steps.

My hope is this action today will not only protect the health and safety of all in the school community but will keep the focus where it needs to be – getting the spread of COVID-19 down to levels where schools can safely reopen.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

UPDATE (October 12, 2020):

Los Angeles Unified School District is offering free COVID-19 tests to all students. The virus testing program is now underway and it’s time for our school to be tested.

We are asking parents to make an appointment for an initial test now to help us prepare for the opening of school for in-person instruction. Although the date when schools will re-open for in-person instruction is not yet known, taking an initial test now will provide valuable information about the incidence of COVID-19 in the communities we serve.

To schedule an appointment, please visit:

Please read below for letters from our Principal regarding the testing program:

Flyers from the District:

UPDATE (July 13, 2020): Superintendent Austin Beutner announced that LAUSD schools will begin the school year ONLINE. It is unknown at this time when we might be meeting in person again. We will continue to update this page as we hear updates.

LAist Article: As Coronavirus Surges, LAUSD Will Not Reopen Campuses For Start Of Next School Year

UPDATE (May 29, 2020):

Pandemic-EBT: Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.

More information is available at their site:

COVID-19 Tenant Protections: Know your rights! Bet Tzedek Legal Services hosted a workshop about tenant rights during this pandemic. The following slideshows cover rent deferral, eviction protections, landlord notices, repayment plans, and much more. This information is true as of May 28, 2020.

COVID-19 Tenant Protections (English):


COVID-19 Protecciones de Inquilinos (Español):


UPDATE (May 22, 2020): Through the generous support of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS), Mann UCLA CS is able to provide care packages for every single student. Please read below or visit our care package page to learn more.

UPDATE (May 19, 2020): Our partners at UCLA have compiled a list of Resources closest to Mann UCLA Community School. These resources include services for:

  • LA COVID-19 Testing Information
  • Child Care
  • Meals
  • Food Pantries/Food Banks
  • For Seniors
  • Educational Resources
  • For Immigrants & Undocumented
  • Financial Resources
  • Legal Resources
  • Free Internet Services
  • Housing/Shelters
  • For Foster Youth/Former Foster Youth
  • Domestic Violence

Please check out the list at this link.

UPDATE (May 6, 2020): Our partners at UCLA have compiled a list of Food Resources closest to Mann UCLA Community School. Please check out the list at this link.

UPDATE (April 13, 2020): Superintendent Austin Beutner has announced that LAUSD campuses will be closed through the summer. Mann UCLA Community School will continue to deliver instruction virtually. We are discussing options for hosting 8th grade culmination ceremonies with the local district office. If students need to swap their devices in for repairs, please come to school on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM.

The Grab and Go Centers remain open and available for students to pick up food.

The district’s Department of Student Health and Human Services has a hotline that families can call with a need for SHHS-related services (e.g., housing/emergency shelter, mental or physical health support), the hotline operator takes down the person’s contact information and submits it to School Mental Health and Healthy Start staff, who provide direct support and/or link the family with one of our community partners. Please visit their site to access resources provided to families during this crisis, including a list of Wellness Centers and school-based clinics that remain open.

UPDATE (March 30, 2020): Mann UCLA Community School moves towards 100% online instruction this week. Please make sure your student has a laptop and internet connection. We are distributing laptops at school, please click HERE for the laptop distribution schedule and the laptop release form. Also, visit our Online Instruction page for resources on how to access free internet and how to prepare your student for online classes.

UPDATE (March 23, 2020): Schools will remain closed through May 1st and the district will provide additional updates well before May 1st on what will come next. Check the LAUSD website for the latest updates.

Mann UCLA will also be distributing Chromebooks for all students who need them. More information and the distribution schedule can be found at this link.

UPDATE (March 20, 2020): PBS & LAUSD have teamed up to provide At-Home Learning. Click HERE for a link to more information and the TV Program Schedule.

UPDATE (March 19, 2020): If your family does not have WiFi, you can obtain TWO free months from Spectrum. Call (855) 243-8892 or visit

UPDATE (March 17, 2020): Students, please use Schoology to access your assignments. If you need to reset your login, visit If you need your PIN number, call (213) 443-1300.

60 Grab & Go Food Centers have opened up: Follow THIS LINK to use the map to find the one closest to you.

UPDATE (March 16, 2020): Check out this POST for resources to support your student and family during the school closure.

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all Los Angeles Unified public schools will be closed for at least two weeks while while the district evaluates the appropriate path forward.

Students received paper/pencil packets of work from each of their classes on Friday, March 13. Online versions of the packets are available online on Schoology. Students do not have to complete the paper packets AND the lessons on Schoology. They need to complete one or the other.

Facts and circumstances may change quickly so we encourage you to check the district website regularly or call the following phone hotlines.

For families: (213) 443-1300
For employees: (213) 241-2700

Here are some resources from the district to support your students and family during this time.

Before school closed on March 16, students were shown the following slide show in their science classes: