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COVID-19 Testing

Who should get tested for COVID-19?  

The Center for Disease Control and Los Angeles Department of Public Health recommend testing for anyone exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.  A close contact is someone who was less than six feet away from a confirmed positive  COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of fifteen minutes or more.


On September 20, 2021, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) published a revised list of COVID-19 symptoms for children


  • fever of 100.4 or greater
  • new cough (different from baseline)
  • diarrhea and/or vomiting


If your child has other cold or flu like symptoms (runny nose, scratchy throat, etc.), those symptoms do not necessitate a test for COVID-19, however parents/guardians should err on the side of caution and keep their child home until they feel well enough to return to school.  


While LACDPH revised the list of COVID-19 symptoms for children, the symptom list for adults has not changed.  COVID-19 symptoms for adults includes:


  • fever of 100.4 or greater
  • feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
  • cough 
  • shortness of breath
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • fatigue
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea 



We encourage anyone who would like to take a COVID-19 test, to do so.  Students, families, and staff members may access the District COVID-19 testing program, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at any one of the following locations (please note that arrival and dismissal times at our school sites are heavily impacted and if you are able to arrange for alternate times, that would be most appreciated):

Location:  La Cañada Elementary (Health Office)

4540 Encinas Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011

(818) 952-8350


Location:  Palm Crest Elementary (Health Office)

5025 Palm Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011

(818) 952-8360


Location:  Paradise Canyon Elementary (Health Office)

471 Knight Way, La Cañada, CA 91011

(818) 952-8340


Location: La Canada High School (Health Office or LCHS Auditorium Foyer)

4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011

(818) 952-4200


Location:  District Office (Business Office-Dolly) 

4490 Cornishon Avenue, La Cañada, CA 91011

(818) 949-4758


To participate in COVID-19 testing through LCUSD, please use the appropriate link for your child’s school site below to register for testing. If you have registered your child before, you do NOT have to do this again. Testing is done through the Valencia Branch Lab, and the link will take you to the registration site operated by Color.  Parents/guardians will be asked a few questions that are required due to state or federal mandates, while other questions are optional.  


We ask parents/guardians to preregister to expedite the testing process upon arrival. Your child’s information in the testing database will authorize the District to administer the mid-nasal COVID PCR Molecular Test.


LCE Student Registration Link for COLOR LABS

PCR Student Registration Link for COLOR LABS

PCY Student Registration Link for COLOR LABS

LCHS Student Registration Link for COLOR LABS


If your child is symptomatic or has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, parents/guardians are requested to call their child’s school office (telephone numbers listed above) to set up an appointment for a drive-through test. When you arrive at the school site for a drive through test, please follow these instructions:


  1. Drive onto campus using the school’s carline.  
  2. Please remain in your car. 
  3. A staff member trained to conduct COVID-19 testing will come out to your car with a COVID-19 test kit.
  4. Students will be given a COVID-19 test kit and will be asked to self swab (parents may assist) under the supervision of the staff member.


Staff members that would like to participate in COVID-19 testing are asked to register with the Valencia Branch Lab using the following staff links:


LCE: COVID Testing Info for LCE Staff

PCR: COVID Testing Info for PCR Staff

PCY: COVID Testing Info for PCY Staff 

LCHS: COVID Testing Info for LCHS Staff 

DO: COVID Testing Info for District Office Staff 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the COVID Compliance Team listed below and/or your site administrator.  



The LCUSD COVID-19 Compliance Team


Mark Evans

(818) 952-8380 Office


Debra Cradduck   

(818) 952-8383 Office 


Karen Hurley

(818) 952-8391 Office


Nurse Katie Metz

(818) 825-8553 Cell