Critical COVID-19 info before our return
Dear Wiseburn Families and Friends,
Here’s hoping this message finds you and your family healthy and enjoying the Winter Break. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 case rates across Los Angeles County and understand many of us feel a sense of trepidation and nervousness as we prepare for the return to school next week, January 3, 2022 amidst a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Please read the message in full for critical information on available COVID-19 testing, our vaccination clinic, and the required symptom monitoring all students must do for the return to school.
Due to the strain on the entire COVID-19 testing capacity in Los Angeles, testing centers have been very busy and the waits have been long. However, we are strongly recommending that all of our students and families take advantage of our ongoing COVID-19 testing and ensure every student takes a test before our return on Monday:
FREE COVID-19 TESTING ON
THURSDAY DEC. 30
Cabrillo Elementary from 12- 6:00 p.m.
Dana Middle School from 12 - 6:30 p.m.
No appointment is needed for testing and lines may be long due to demand. To save time, all Wiseburn students and staff are already registered in Fulgent’s system. However, family and community members who wish to test may need to register on-site if they have not utilized Fulgent testing previously.
If tomorrow is not an option, please take advantage of other testing options available before Monday, including at-home antigen tests or other testing sites in Los Angeles County through another provider. There are free testing centers across the County that you can access by clicking the link below:
Lastly, we will be issued rapid at-home test kits from the California Department of Education, through the Los Angeles County Office of Education and from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Office of Supervisor Mitchell. However, these tests are not scheduled to be delivered until, at the earliest, next week. In conjunction with our other mitigation efforts, these tests will be used to screen symptomatic students and staff and will be available upon request and as supplies last. We will share more information on these tests once we receive them.
In addition to testing, there will also be a vaccination clinic tomorrow, December 30, at Dana from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you are not vaccinated or boosted, now is the time to do so to remain protected, according to public health experts. Since we are expecting large numbers for tomorrow’s testing and vaccination opportunity, we strongly recommend registering for the clinic at the following link:
In addition, self monitoring of symptoms is critical to limiting the spread of COVID-19. We are asking our families to thoroughly check any of our students prior to them attending school for any symptoms at all. We ask that you err on the side of caution and that even the slightest symptom be taken seriously and that the student or family member be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to school. A comprehensive list of symptoms can be found here.
Our daily symptom check system, Qualtrics, has been updated with a more detailed list of symptoms and serves as a daily reminder to be sure students and family members are symptom free before leaving home. As students prepare for the return to school, please be sure that all masks are clean and in good condition. The District will continue to provide masks for those who need them.
I do hope our families take advantage of our testing and vaccination program while also asking for your patience and understanding. The wait time tomorrow and over the next few weeks will likely be longer than usual, but we will do our best to make it as fluid as possible with our partners at Fulgent.
Thank you for your partnership with our District and I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!
Blake Silvers, Ed.D.