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As the government mandates evolve, we will continue to update this page with additional information and new protocols.

STARS Academy is monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive and prudent measures to protect the health and safety of every member of our community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles County Health Department, the California State Health Department, and other health officials. Our decisions are based on facts, science, and medical information, as the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our priority.

COVID Testing
  • Following the guidance of our medical advisors and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – and subject to changes to County Health Officer Orders – STARS Academy will implement a new “response testing” protocol for the 2022-23 school year. Instead of requiring every student and employee to test weekly with a PCR test, only those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive, will be required to test. All testing will be conducted with take-home rapid antigen tests.
  • MERV 13 air filters have been installed in every room.

  • All rooms will have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes readily available.

  • All learning spaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each evening.

What happens if an employee or student tests positive for the virus?

  • If a student or employee tests positive, the following instructions will be given:

  • Be sure the test result is emailed to

  • Stay home until at least five days have passed since symptoms first appeared and there is no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication). Symptoms such as shortness of breath and cough should also improve before going back to a school site. Anyone who has a condition that severely weakens the immune system may need to stay home for longer and should consult with their healthcare provider.

  • The student or the employee should take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test on day five (the day the student or employee tests positive is day zero). If they test negative on that test, have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, and have improving symptoms, they may return to school or work. Rapid antigen tests can be obtained from the individual's school or worksite.

  • If a student or staff who tests positive is asymptomatic, they still must stay home for at least five days after the positive test result and test negative on a rapid antigen test taken on day five.

  • If the test on the 5th day is positive, and/or they are still symptomatic, they should stay home for 10 calendar days.

  • After completing the isolation period and meeting the above criteria, the student or employee will receive clearance by submitting their test to

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