LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) The superintendent for Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Monday that the students did not return to the classroom when the fall semester starts next month.
LAUSD Superintendent, Austin Beutner, said that the fall semester will begin Aug. 18. However, it is the learning of students will begin online only, not students who are returning for in-person classes.
Together with the LAUSD, San Diego Unified School District, will be the beginning of the fall semester in a virtual format. These two areas released a joint statement about the move.
“The two districts is expected to continue, with plans to go back to the person and work of the 2020-21 academic year, and as soon as the public’s health, the conditions of the permit,” the statement read.
Beutner will not give an estimate as to when in-person classes can be resumed.
The right way to do it is to re-open schools, to make sure that there is a robust system of testing and tracking, reduce the risk to all in the school and the community,” Beutner said in a video address on Monday.
All of this comes after the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the union that represents approximately 30,000 LAUSD teachers, announced Saturday that 83% of its members voted against a physical re-opening of the schools and the students.
Some of the nearby neighborhoods, and seem to be leaning in the direction of offering the students a choice. The Santa Ana unified in Orange County, agreed to a plan whereby students could decide for themselves whether to learn online or in a hybrid model, in which they would have to be in the classroom for a couple of days a week, and meet up with the rest of the time. Under the hybrid model, with no more than 15 students in a class at a time.
The Las Virgenes Unified, which is used for the parts of Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Ventura County announced a similar plan.
LAUSD employs about 75,000 people and serves nearly 700,000 students.