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LAUSD’s Launched Its COVID-19 Testing Program. So When Can Students, Staff Expect An Invite?

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Austin Beutner (left), superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, takes directions from a school nurse after taking a test for COVID-19 at a press event at Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington on Sept. 14, 2020. The nation's second-largest school system was announcing the launch of a district-run coronavirus testing system for students, staff and some family members. (Kyle Stokes/KPCC/LAist)
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The Los Angeles Unified School District this week announced it is ready to start periodically testing all students and employees — more than half-a-million people — for COVID-19.

Here’s Superintendent Austin Beutner at a news event marking the launch:

“It is part of a broader program we are putting in place to provide a foundation for a return to school by students in as safe a manner as possible, and as soon ... as possible.”

The program is ambitious. LAUSD officials claim it is the only K-12 school system in the U.S. attempting to make testing part of its reopening plan.

District officials have also pledged to report results of most tests by the next morning — which impressed Letetsia Fox, head of the union for many LAUSD clerical workers:

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“It’s better if you know within 24 hours so you know whether you need to quarantine.”

But when can students and staff expect to take their first test? After their first screening, how often can they expect to be tested? And what about family members of LAUSD students and staff — can they get a test too?

We’ve updated our guide answering these questions — and a lot more:

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LAUSD STAFF, STUDENTS & PARENTS:

Has the school district invited you to take a COVID-19 test? We want to hear about your experience! Contact KPCC/LAist reporter Kyle Stokes by email, with a direct message on Twitter or through the form in our story.

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