Getting Students Back Into the Classroom Safely | LA County Case Rate

Los Angeles County elementary schools are cleared to reopen

Following state guidelines, grades TK-6 can reopen in counties where the adjusted case rate has been below 25 per 100,000 residents for five days. Los Angeles County reached that much-anticipated milestone on February 15.

Students in grades TK – 6 are permitted on-site learning if the school is in full compliance with state and county directives. Many of the directives are not new and very familiar to schools that re-opened under the waiver program or for services for high-need students.

School Re-opening Actions + On-Going Permitted School Activities

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Elementary schools in LA County fall into two groups: those that are already open for in-classroom instruction for an entire class of students in grades TK-2 through the waiver program and those that are not open for full-grade in class instruction.

Schools already open through an approved waiver need to post their COVID Safety Plan prior to expanding in-class instruction to students grades 3-6. There are 297 elementary schools with approved waivers.

Schools not yet open need to submit their required COVID Safety Plan for review by CDPH and LA County Public Health, along with completing the county re-opening protocol checklist. If no concerns are noted in seven working days by either the state or county health departments, they are permitted to open on day eight as long as they follow the safety requirements and protocols detailed in state and county directives.

For grades 7 through 12, reopening will not be permitted until our case rate drops below 7 per 100,000 people.

Los Angeles County School: Rising to the Challenge of

Timely and accurate communication with school staff and families has perhaps never been more important as educators navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Los Angeles County Office of Education developed this toolkit to support the region’s 80 K-12 districts in their communication with stakeholders. Included are templates for messages on a variety of topics pertinent to COVID-19 and school reopening.

LACOE is dedicated to supporting our education community in rising to the challenge of the pandemic for the benefit of students, families and school employees.

We hope you find these resources helpful and will share these assets with your local education community.

Incident Report

Today’s Incident Report is in the process of being finalized and will be posted on the Incident Report section of the County’s COVID-19 site when complete. Please note, that the reports are posted by date and can be accessed at

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit

View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do’s and Don’ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit – with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below.

Access our Social Media Toolkit here.

Additional Information

The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit: