INFORMATION FOR K-12 SCHOOLS AND ECE PROVIDERS

Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is following CDPH Guidance, please refer to CDPH related guidance for the most up to date information. 

Early Childhood Education Providers

K-12 School INFO

Schools Open to In-Person Learning

COVID-19 Case Reporting: 

The TK-12 school or ECE site COVID-19 Liaison is required to report staff and participants with confirmed COVID-19 who were present at any point within the 10 days prior to the illness onset date or during their infectious period to the LBDHHS within 1 working day

  • Secure online reporting is the preferred method for notifying LBDHHS of COVID-19 exposures and can be done on a computer or mobile device with access to the secure web application: Educational Sector and Youth Sports COVID-19 Reporting Portal. If online reporting is not possible, reporting can be done manually by downloading and completing the COVID-19 Case and Contact Line List for the Education Sector and sending it to COVID19edu@longbeach.gov.
  • The following fields are required: first name, last name, date of birth, city of residence, test date, and grade.
    • If the school has available resources additional fields to complete include: classroom numbers and home address
  • Close contact information: Schools are not required to report close contact information. Schools that are able to report close contacts may simplify reporting by limiting the information to: last name, first name, DOB, and date of last exposure.
  • How to Report a Positive CaseInstructional Guide 
  • Date Calculator

Outbreak Investigation: Exposure Management for ≥ 3 COVID-19 Cases within 10-day period at a TK-12 or ECE. 

If the site, identifies a cluster of 3 or more confirmed cases (participates and/or staff) within a 10-day period, the Site should proceed with the following steps:

  • Report the cluster immediately to LBDHHS. Secure online reporting is the preferred method for notifying LBDHHS and can be done on a computer with access to the secure web application: Educational Sector and Youth Sports COVID-19 Reporting Portal. If online reporting is not possible, reporting can be done manually by downloading and completing the COVID-19 Case and Contact Line List for the Education Sector and sending it to COVID19edu@longbeach.gov.
  • LBDHHS will review the submitted information to determine whether the outbreak criteria described below have been met and will notify the site within 1 business day of next steps.
  • Outbreak Criteria: At least 3 confirmed cases with symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 within a 10-day period in a group with members who are epidemiologically linked, do not share a household, and are not a close contact of each other outside of the site. Epidemiological links require the infected persons to have been present at some point in the same setting during the same period while infectious.
    • If outbreak criteria are not met, LBDHHS will advise the site COVID-19 Liaison to continue with routine exposure mangement.
    • If outbreak criteria are met, LBDHHS will notify the site COVID-19 Liaison that an outbreak investigation has been activated and will provide additional outbreak control recommendations and requirements. Some of these mitigation strategies may include requiring the affected classroom/cohort/team to test and mask indoors until the outbreak is over. LBDHHS will communicate directly with the site to coordinate the outbreak response.

Masking Recommendations

Effective March 12, 2022, masking is strongly recommended in indoor settings. 

This is the updated masking guidance in California

School Resources

Youth Sports

Information for Student and Parents/Guardians

If you have questions or concerns about the K-12 or ECE guidance and recommendations, please contact your school administrator. If you would like to report issues or have additional questions you can contact the health department at covid19edu@longbeach.gov.