L.A. Teachers Agree to Return to Classrooms; Some Grades Using Hybrid Model

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Tapp on March 9, 2021.

Los Angeles Unified School District campuses will resume in-person instruction in mid-April for preschool and elementary students. By the end of April for secondary students will be on campus. That, under a tentative agreement, announced [Tuesday night] between the district and the teachers’ union.

This is a delicate turn of events and every step taken must be decided carefully and safely by school boards and staff to ensure the health of everyone involved is a priority, especially the young students who may have not been vaccinated yet and are prone to potentially catch something, this is why schools may want to look into disposable gloves for sale as well as facemasks, gowns, etc. just in case there need to be extra precautions in place as schools get reintroduced to the pupils and staff.

“The agreement provides for the reopening of schools when Los Angeles County is in the red tier according to the state school guidelines, that all staff have access to the COVID vaccine and that schools are kept clean and safe,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in a joint statement announcing the agreement.

“As we have both stated for some time, the right way to reopen schools must include the highest standard of COVID safety in schools, continued reduction of the virus in the communities we serve and access to vaccinations for school staff,” the statement said. “This agreement achieves that shared set of goals. It’s our shared commitment to the highest safety standards and spirit of trust and collaboration we will take with us back to schools.” …

Deadline Hollywood 3/9

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