In July 2021 California passed AB856 to help parents access and navigate guidelines for how a youth who has been symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID should return to physical activity or participate in athletics. This applies to recreational activity, physical education (PE) in school, and school or community sports teams.
Read the letter from the California Department of Education instructing schools to inform parents of these guidelines.
This fact sheet summarizes how parents and youth should consult with their medical practitioner about the symptoms they experiences and if their COVID experience was mild, moderate or severe. Based on the consultation, youth will either be given a cardiac risk assessment or referred for diagnostic testing, such an ECG, or you could be referred to a cardiologist for further evaluation.
Download the COVID-19 Youth Health Information Act fact sheet. (Spanish version also available.)
The guidelines follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations. You can view the AAP’s COVID Safety Checklist, as well as Interim Guidance During COVID, plus a guide on Understanding the Risks.
For more information on this state law, visit the California Department of Education.