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COVID-19 Risk Reduction

Maintaining a healthy and safe environment for all students, staff, and visitors remains among  the Hawthorne School District's first priorities. The District continues to adopt and implement various procedures to address COVID-19 impacts across all of our sites. We encourage all of our school community members to learn about COVID-19 and take simple actions to help prevent its spread and protect one another from severe illness. 

Know which situations are riskier

COVID-19 spreads more easily in:

  • Crowded spaces

  • Closed spaces with poor air flow
  • Close contact settings especially where people close by are talking, singing, coughing, shouting, sneezing, or breathing heavily

How to reduce the risks of COVID-19

Knowing the local COVID-19 Hospital Admissions Level can help you to decide what protective measures to take. This level is reported weekly by the CDC. Everyone needs to take extra precautions when the level is high. When the level is lower, use your situation, personal preferences, and comfort level to decide what to do. Take extra steps to stay safe and protect others if you or the people you spend time with are at higher risk for severe disease.

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  • Everyone 6 months and older should get the updated fall 2023 COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and reduce the spread of the virus. It is the best way to protect yourself from getting seriously ill and dying from COVID. Vaccination also lowers your risk of getting long COVID.
    • Visit to find a location near you. Call 1-833-540-0473 if you need help getting a vaccine, need transportation to a vaccination site, or are homebound. Information is also available in many languages 24/7 by calling 2-1-1.
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  • Wear a mask that fits and filters well. While all masks give you some protection from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, well-fitting respirators give you the best protection. N95, KN95, and KF94 are all respirators. See for more information on the types of masks and when they must be worn in Los Angeles County.


Curtain open to improve ventilation
  • Improve ventilation (air flow). Open windows and doors, use fans and portable air cleaners, run heating and air, and upgrade filters. When possible, choose outdoor spaces for group activities. For more information see the CDC webpage Improving Ventilation in Your Home and the California Department of Public Health flyer Tips for Reducing Risk Indoors.


  • Test for COVID-19 if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID. Consider testing and before visiting someone at higher risk for severe illness. Visit to learn more about when and how to get a test.


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  • Stay home when sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay away from others, and get tested. If you have any respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, sore throat) wear a mask if you need to be around others. See
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  • Ask for COVID-19 medicine right away if you think you have COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild. Treatment can prevent you from getting very sick but should be started soon after your symptoms begin. Plan ahead to avoid delays:
    • Make a list of all your medicines, including over the counter medicines and supplements. The doctor or pharmacy will need to know what medicines you are taking before they can prescribe treatment.
    • Visit to learn how you can get medicine if you get COVID symptoms.
Washing Hands for good hygiene

If you test positive for COVID-19 or if you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, you must follow all instructions to protect others. See and

Adapted from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 handout. For more information, see COVID-19: Reducing Risk and How to Protect Yourself and Others.

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