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Recent Communications from Prep

August 31, 2021

Dear Community Member,

It has been wonderful seeing everyone during these first days of school. We are writing to explain our required COVID-19 testing protocols. We expect all students who are over the age of 12 to receive a vaccine for COVID-19. We require all employees and school volunteers to be vaccinated, barring medical or religious exemption. The State of California, Cal/OSHA, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health require unvaccinated school employees and students to be tested weekly.

All unvaccinated students are expected to participate in weekly testing beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 1. Several families will receive an email this evening with instructions for testing. If you receive this message, our testing provider has been given your name and you are expected to receive your test tomorrow.

On Monday, LADPH released new guidance for youth athletics that will require weekly testing only of athletes who are unvaccinated or who have a known exposure to COVID-19. We will implement these new protocols soon.

In the meantime, if you are a tennis, volleyball, water polo, football, or spirit line athlete, please complete a COVID-19 test between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) as instructed by your coaches.

Who needs to test? Beginning September 8, all unvaccinated students, unvaccinated employees, and unvaccinated coaches need to be tested weekly. Fully vaccinated students and employees are welcome to participate in weekly testing as well.

How often do I need to test (if required), and where? Weekly in the COVID-19 Safety tent outside the Crawford Family Gym. Scheduling is subject to change on a weekly basis and reminders will be emailed weekly.

Do I need to register for an on-campus test? No, you do not need to register in advance. Simply show up on Wednesdays between 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

What happens if I miss a test? If you miss a required Wednesday test for any reason, please reach out to Andres Alamillo by 12:00 p.m. on Friday. If you are required to test, you will need to email Andres Alamillo a negative test result to come to school or work on the following Monday. If we do not receive a negative test result before Monday, you cannot come to school or work. Athletes will not be allowed to compete.

What alternative testing options are available? We hope the convenience of on-campus testing is helpful. If a conflict prevents you from participating in testing on campus, alternative options include urgent care, doctor’s offices, and mobile testing facilities that offer PCR testing. Home tests and rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Unless you know you are receiving a rapid PCR test, please allow up at least 48 hours and up to 72 hours for test results. You may email your results directly to Andres Alamillo.

Whom should I contact with questions? If you have questions, please reach out to Andres Alamillo. If you have questions about COVID-19 or protocols in general, please reach out to the COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force or any of its members.

We thank you for your commitment to our community’s safety and we look forward to a healthy and happy school year.
 

Sincerely,

Nicole Haims Trevor

Director of Communications

 

The COVID-19 School Compliance Task Force includes:

Vanessa Walker-Oakes

Sarah Cooper

Barrett Jamison

Beth Pattinelli

Theresa King

Kim Kinder

Andres Alamillo

Nick Adams-Wright

Nicole Haims Trevor