Health And Safety Update
January 11, 2022

New Temple Elementary School and Shively Middle School will distribute at-home COVID test kits to students this Thursday, January 13th. Your student was sent home with a letter today regarding test kit distribution. Please review, sign, and return the letter to school.

Students are encouraged to use at-home kits if they are a close contact to a confirmed case or displaying symptoms. Please consider using your student's at-home test kit prior to returning to school after school breaks, such as MLK Jr. Weekend, Presidents’ Day, and spring break. 

The Los Angeles County of Education has put together the following family resources to assist with administration of at-home test kits. Please consider reviewing this information with your child:

Again, thank you for everything you are doing to ensure the safety and well-being of our learning community.

With Continued Appreciation,
Dr. Elizabeth Evans, Superintendent
January 5, 2022

If a student or staff member receives a positive COVID-19 test, they are required to:
If your child takes another test on or after day 5 and receives a negative result on the second test they may end their quarantine. Otherwise, the 10-day quarantine still applies.

Here are the details and requirements:
If your child had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19
Option 1

They must stay home until all the following apply:
  • At least 5 days have passed since their symptoms first started and
  • They have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later and
  • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and
  • Their symptoms are improving
Option 2

They must stay home until all the following apply:
  • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first started and
  • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours and
  • Their symptoms are improving
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms
They must stay home until all the following apply:
  • At least 5 days have passed the day their initial positive test was taken and
  • They have a negative viral COVID-19 test collected on day 5 or later

They must stay home for 10 days after their initial positive test was taken
Please note that Day 0 is their first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after their symptoms developed.

Health And Safety Update
January 4, 2022

New LACDPH Guidelines  

Required Protocol

  • Masking is required for all outdoor activities where physical distancing is not feasible, except while eating or drinking 
  • Staff required to wear a higher-grade mask  (medical/surgical/procedure mask, KN95 or N95) 
  • COVID-19 testing is required for all close contacts who are permitted to remain in school immediately after exposure, regardless of vaccination or booster status
Recommended Protocol

  • Strong recommendation for all eligible staff and students to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in addition to their primary vaccine series 
  • For staff wearing a medical (surgical/procedure) mask – a recommendation to double mask with a cloth covering over the medical mask 
  • Students are strongly recommended to wear masks that are well-fitting, non-cloth masks of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire 

Clarifying Definitions 


Health And Safety Update
January 3, 2022

We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school tomorrow, January 4th. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has issued the following policy changes that will be going into effect as we return to campus. Below you will find updated information regarding LA County Health and Safety protocols that will be implemented:

  • Within two weeks of school reopening, require testing for asymptomatic close contacts of infected individuals remaining in school. Ideally, students are tested immediately after exposure and then again on day 5; at minimum, students would be tested on day 5. This would apply to all close contacts allowed to remain in school including fully vaccinated (and boosted where eligible) close contacts who are not required to quarantine and students who had mask-to-mask contact with the infected individual and are eligible for modified (in-school) quarantine.
  • Within two weeks of school re-opening, require masks outdoors in crowded spaces where physical distancing is not feasible except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Within two weeks of school re-opening, provide and require all staff to wear upgraded (surgical/respirator) masks. (Masks will be available for pick up in each school office.)
  • Require a 7-day suspension and DPH approval before resuming activity of any youth sports team in which there has been an outbreak of four or more epidemiologically linked cases over a 14-day period. Individual conditioning and skill building may continue during the suspension period as long as everyone on the team complies fully with any individual isolation or quarantine orders that apply.
  • Recommend that all students wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire. 
  • Recommend that all eligible staff and students receive a booster vaccine.

L.A. County Isolation Protocol Update
LACDPH published a revised COVID isolation order to allow for a 5-day isolation period. The revised order permits a positive-tested individual to end self-isolation if they do not have symptoms and test negative on Day 5 or later. Valle Lindo School District will continue to follow LACDPH protocols and guidelines. 

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination
We are grateful to share with you that we will continue to partner with Tzu Chi Medical Clinic to offer COVID testing. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) will also be providing at-home antigen testing for all students in our county. These rapid take-home tests will add an additional measure of mitigation for our students and staff. As soon as we receive and are ready to distribute these additional tests, we will let you know. To make an appointment for COVID-19 testing, please call Tzu Chi Medical Clinic at 626 636-8700 during business hours between 8 am and 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday to schedule an appointment.

Tzu Chi Medical Center
10414 Vacco St.
South El Monte, CA 91733

Testing After Travel
If your child traveled over Winter Break, it is recommended that they take a COVID-19 test. Testing is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

COVID-19 Exposure 
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please follow current quarantine protocols. It is recommended that all exposed students (regardless of vaccination status) be tested for COVID-19.

Please keep your student home from school and have them tested if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to keep our schools safe.

Dr. Elizabeth Evans, Superintendent