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:
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:
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
Location: Palm Crest Elementary (Health Office)
5025 Palm Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011
Location: Paradise Canyon Elementary (Health Office)
471 Knight Way, La Cañada, CA 91011
Location: La Canada High School (Health Office or LCHS Auditorium Foyer)
4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada, CA 91011
Location: District Office (Business Office-Dolly)
4490 Cornishon Avenue, La Cañada, CA 91011
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.
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:
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:
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
(818) 952-8380 Office
(818) 952-8383 Office
(818) 952-8391 Office
Nurse Katie Metz
(818) 825-8553 Cell