Crimson Chronicle Reporter
COVID-19 protocols are constantly changing and students need to be updated to be aware of what they need to do. It’s important for students to be informed in case they test positive and have to take the necessary procedures to return to school.
Most students have been asking questions like when can we go back to school when we have tested positive, how long do we quarantine, do we have to take a PCR test or antigen test, and what is an antigen test? “ Honestly I was super confused on how to go back to school, there was little information, and I didn’t like how school went about it,” said Luis Bautista SAS Senior.
This can be frustrating for the students when they feel confused about what to do. Here are the new protocols according to the Los Angeles Unified School District:
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 the first step would be isolation from school.
- You will not be able to get a Daily Pass because you have an active case.
- You will have to wait five days before taking a rapid antigen test.
- A rapid antigen test is different from a PCR test because you take it at home.
- You can collect an antigen test at school or request it online at covidtests.gov for free.
- After testing negative and you have no active case you can go back to school.
- Lastly, you do not need to take any PCR tests for 90 days because there is a possibility that it can be a false positive.
Two proposed laws about COVID vaccines in California
- SB 866 is a new bill being reviewed that, if approved, states that children 12 and older will be able to get the COVID vaccine without parental consent.
- SB 871 is also a new bill that, if approved, states that the vaccine will be mandatory in California in order to enter school or other institutions from unconditionally admitting any person as a pupil of any public or private government property. If not then you will not be able to enter any schools.
Students need to be informed about this because if it becomes law the COVID vaccine would be mandatory for students in order to attend school, the same way they need to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, chickenpox, and other diseases.