LA Teachers Union Calling for Schools to Remain Closed in the Fall

Rebekah Sager
July 10, 2020 - 5:18 am

    The Los Angeles teachers union is advocating for keeping campuses closed to in-person learning as L.A. COVID-19 cases continue to rage through L.A. County, concluding that it is not safe for students to return to class. 

    The union will release a report Friday, outlining their recommendations and guidelines for a safe reopening, which will exclude opening in the fall, according to The Los Angeles Times

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    The union will also release a report suggesting parameters for reopening will be difficult to meet any time in the near future, although they are in line with what some health experts are recommending.

    L.A. school officials have mentioned options such a hybrid plan with some in-person classes part-time with social distancing and some virtual. 

    Leaders of the Los Angeles teachers union on Friday will call for campuses to remain closed and for distance learning to continue when the school year begins on Aug. 18, The Times has learned. Union leaders have concluded it is not safe to bring children back on campus as COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County surge to new highs.

    Despite demands from the White House and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reopen schools in the fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools. 

    "Our guidelines are our guidelines, but we are going to provide additional reference documents to aid basically communities in trying to open K-through-12s," CDC Director Robert Redfield said. "It's not a revision of the guidelines; it's just to provide additional information to help schools be able to use the guidance we put forward."

    Newsom answered questions Wednesday on reopening schools in the state by saying, "We need to address safely reopening schools. And we must insist on learning at the beginning of the school year." 

    "We are providing flexibility based on local conditions, it's foundational in a state as large as California. All of these need to be managed on the local level. I fear that more than I fear a tweet," Newsom said referring to President Trump's Wednesday tweet threatening to withhold funding from states that don't reopen in the fall).