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The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union approved the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) deal to resume in-person learning on March 21.

The agreement was approved by the union leadership earlier, but now 89% of the UTLA members have supported the agreement. According to a news post from UTLA’s website, Integrity Voting Systems recorded that 18,127 of the 20,413 votes were in support of the agreement. 

The agreement contained a number of requirements, including access to vaccination for school staff, safety protocols at every school and LA County falling below the state’s purple tier.

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“While the improving COVID-19 situation is still fragile, we believe this agreement puts LAUSD on the path to a physical reopening of schools that puts safety first,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said.

The vote was publicized as the CDC put out new guidelines, which allows students to be spaced three feet apart, instead of six feet. However, according to the LAUSD agreement with the teachers union, they will stick to students being six feet apart. 

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner told families that safety is a priority.

“Schools in Los Angeles Unified now have in place the highest standards of COVID safety in the nation,” Beutner said. 
Preschools and elementary schools are slated to open the week of April 12, with secondary schools by the end of April.

Written ByLevon Satamian

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