LBDHHS: Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

CDPH: California Department of Public Health

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More Information

If you have questions or concerns about the early childhood education or K-12 guidance and recommendations, please contct your program or school administrator. If you would like to report issues or have further questions you can contact the health department at covid19edu@longbeach.gov.



When to Report

Early childhood education (ECE) programs, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education (IHE) are required to notify the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services when they meet the reporting threshold of three or more child, student, or staff cases of COVID-19 in the same setting (age group, class, grade, room number, sports team, club, dorm, etc.) within a 7-day period.

Use the drop down menu below to see more information on current guidance and specific reporting requirements for ECE programs, K-12 schools, and IHE.

How to Report

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services utilizes the statewide COVID-19 reporting system, SPOT (Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking).

SPOT allows Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs, K-12 schools, and Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to send information to California’s secure public health data management system called CalCONNECT, where Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) can efficiently review reports and determine if additional guidance is needed.

 

COVID-19 Reporting Toolkit

COVID-19 Reporting Toolkit for ECE, K-12, and IHE

One Page SPOT Quick Guide

For additional questions or assistance using SPOT please contact Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at (562) 570-4302 or covid19edu@longbeach.gov.

 
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs

    Current Guidance

    Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs must follow:

    Case Cluster/Outbreak Reporting Requirements

    • Licensed ECE programs* and license-exempt child care sites** are not required to report individual cases to LBDHHS unless the reporting threshold has been met.
    • Licensed ECE programs* and license-exempt child care sites** are required to notify LBDHHS when they meet the reporting threshold of three or more child, student, or staff cases of COVID-19 in the same setting (i.e., age group, teacher, and/or room number) within a 7-day period.

      • Do not submit individual case information unless requested by LBDHHS.

      • Continue to notify LBDHHS of additional cases until the outbreak is resolved***.

      • All notifications should be reported online, through the secure web application SPOT (Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking).

    *Licensed ECE programs include child care centers and small and large family child care homes.

    **License-exempt child care sites as defined by CDSS include non-licensed public and private non-profit programs that offer recreational services, businesses that offer limited childcare to their clients/customers, and programs overseen by state agencies other than Community Care Licensing.


    Outbreak Guidance

    Implement outbreak guidance below when 3 or more cases of COVID-19 occur among children/students/staff in the same setting (i.e., age group, teacher, and/or room number) within a 7-day period.

    • Remove and exclude positive children/students/staff per CDPH Isolation Guidance
      • Positive children/students/staff may return to campus once symptoms are not present or symptoms are mild and improving AND fever has been resolved for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
    • Send outbreak notification to exposed children/students/staff
    • Require indoor masking for exposed children/students/staff for 10 days
      • Continue to require masking if exposures continue
    • Require testing 3-5 days after last exposure for children/students/staff
      • Continue to require testing if exposures continue
    • Report outbreak using SPOT
      • Sites are no longer required to report individual case information unless requested to by LBDHHS
      • Must continue to report and send updates if additional cases are identified
      • Continue to notify LBDHHS of additional cases until the outbreak is resolved***
    • Note: LBDHHS may require additional mitigation activities as needed

    ***Resolution occurs when no new cases are identified for 7 days.

  • K-12 Schools

    Current Guidance

    K-12 schools must follow:

    Case Cluster/Outbreak Reporting Requirements

    • K-12 schools are not required to report individual cases to LBDHHS unless the reporting threshold has been met.

    • K-12 schools are required to notify LBDHHS when they meet the reporting threshold of three or more child, student, or staff cases of COVID-19 in the same setting (i.e., grade, room number, class period, etc.) within a 7-day period.

      • Do not submit individual case information unless requested by LBDHHS.
      • Continue to notify LBDHHS of additional cases until the outbreak is resolved***.
      • All notifications should be reported online, through the secure web application SPOT (Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking).

    Outbreak Guidance

    Implement outbreak guidance below when 3 or more cases of COVID-19 occur among children/students/staff in the same setting (i.e., age group, teacher, and/or room number) within a 7-day period.

    • Remove and exclude positive children/students/staff per CDPH Isolation Guidance

      • Positive children/students/staff may return to campus once symptoms are not present or symptoms are mild and improving AND fever has been resolved for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
    • Send outbreak notification to exposed children/students/staff
    • Require indoor masking for exposed children/students/staff for 10 days

      • Continue to require masking if exposures continue
    • Require testing 3-5 days after last exposure for children/students/staff

      • Continue to require testing if exposures continue
    • Report outbreak using SPOT

      • Sites are no longer required to report individual case information unless requested to by LBDHHS
      • Must continue to report and send updates if additional cases are identified
      • Continue to notify LBDHHS of additional cases until the outbreak is resolved***
    • Note: LBDHHS may require additional mitigation activities as needed

    ***Resolution occurs when no new cases are identified for 7 days.

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE)

    Current Guidance

    Institutions of higher education (IHE) must follow:

    Case Cluster/Outbreak Reporting Requirements

    • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) are not required to report individual cases to LBDHHS unless the reporting threshold has been met.

    • IHE are required to notify LBDHHS when they meet the reporting threshold of three or more student or staff cases of COVID-19 in the same setting (i.e., same class, dorm, club, sports team, etc.) within a 7-day period.

      • Do not submit individual case information unless requested by LBDHHS.

      • Continue to notify LBDHHS of additional cases until the outbreak is resolved***.

      • All notifications should be reported online, through the secure web application SPOT (Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking).

    ***Resolution occurs when no new cases are identified for 7 days.

  • Additional Resources

  • One Page SPOT Quick Guide


    Download the one page SPOT Reporting Quick Guide for ECE, K-12, and IHE