The Los Angeles Unified School District said Thursday it is requiring all students and faculty to be tested for COVID-19 – regardless of their immunization status – before returning to in-person learning for the new school year.
LAUSD Acting Superintendent Megan K. Reilly said district policy was to adhere to the most recent Los Angeles County public health guidelines.
“All students and employees, vaccinated and unvaccinated, returning to in-person teaching should participate in the basic and ongoing weekly COVID testing,” Reilly said in a statement provided to Fox News.
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The new requirements marked a change in LAUSD’s previous policy to require testing only for those who are not vaccinated. It comes as the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps across much of the country, accounting for more than 80% of infections. The outbreak prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that fully vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors if they live in areas where the virus is thriving.
Los Angeles County, which has become a hotspot for the Delta variant in recent weeks, announced earlier this month that it would once again require masking in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
Reilly said LAUSD is closely monitoring changing health conditions and tailoring its response in preparation for the district’s full return to in-person learning on August 16.
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“Ultimately, the greatest protection against COVID and the delta variant is vaccination,” Reilly said. “We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.