LAUSD Is Not Expected To Reopen in-Person Learning Despite LA County Threshold Being Met
Due to the decline in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, elementary schools are permitted to reopen.
Although L.A. County has seen a decrease in cases following a surge during the holidays, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) may not return to in-person learning yet.
LAUSD announced that SoFi Stadium in Inglewood will be opening up a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination site for teachers and school staff.
“This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students TK-6 as early as this week,” said an emailed statement.
“All schools wishing to reopen must submit plans to the County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health certifying that they have implemented a full range of safety measures to permit a safe reopening.”
Although elementary schools have been given the green light to reopen schools, some districts don’t believe it’s safe to reopen until teachers and staff get vaccinated.
“Making schools a priority also means vaccinations for all who work in schools,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said.
“California’s providing vaccinations for cannabis delivery drivers, but not school bus drivers and teachers. How does that make sense?”
Beutner mentioned that LAUSD may not see full in-person instruction for another year. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature, however, are currently trying to work out a plan for reopening schools.