Los Angeles schools to remain in hard shutdown for near future, superintendent says

By: | February 2, 2021

Los Angeles schools will delay in-person student classes and services of any kind while coronavirus infection rates remain high in local communities and teachers remain unvaccinated, Supt. Austin Beutner said, a firm stance that is driving the district toward a mandatory summer session and an extended academic year in 2021-22.

In some of his strongest criticism of state guidance on reopening schools, Beutner called the waiver process that has allowed schools apply to open in-person classes for lower grades “bass ackwards” and called the state’s newest coronavirus threshold for reopening elementary schools a “magic number” not adequately explained or justified.

His comments — made after he commemorated the district having provided 100 million meals to families at 63 campus-based Grab and Go centers — come as the district is locked in a new round of negotiations with its teachers union over returning to campus, growing anger among some parents to reopen schools and reluctance among others in hard-hit areas to send their children back.

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