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‘Slow down,’ parents, local school officials declare, as Trump urges full reopening

With President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatening to withhold funding from schools that won’t reopen fully in the fall, it pitted his administration squarely against current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — as well as California’s school leaders, local health officials in Los Angeles County and many local school administrators. It also leaves many parents and educators confused and uncertain. “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, sch...
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If LAUSD stays online for fall, there will be an ‘ambitious set of expectations,’ says superintendent

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday there’s still no timetable on when school facilities may reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the district may need to create a balance of online and in-person classes for the next academic year that starts Aug. 18. “As we look ahead to the start of a new school year, the challenge is to build on the foundation that’s been put in place over the past few months and apply the learnings to provide the best possible educ...
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Record number of LAUSD students learn online while school’s out for summer

A record 100,000 students are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified’s digital summer school, which started Monday, June 29, with enrichment classes designed in partnership with celebrity filmmakers, musicians and sports stars. This is the first time summer school has been made available to all students in the LAUSD, and Superintendent Austin Beutner said that’s because the district believes it may help mitigate learning loss due to the pandemic that forced schools to close back in March and transition...
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LAUSD remains undecided about schools reopening this fall

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 29, that no decision has been made about students returning to school facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the academic year starts Aug. 18, but he said officials are working on a plan. Beutner’s statements were presented along with a survey from LAUSD that showed 59% of families said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school for the fall semester, while 21% said they are uncertain and 20...
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LA Unified chief calls to end school police use of pepper spray and policy allowing chokeholds

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 15 that he will recommend the district’s school board eliminate school police officers’ use of pepper spray and policies allowing carotid choke holds before the next academic year. He also tapped a small group of community members to help conduct a budget review of the Los Angeles school police, “to look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma,” and present concrete changes t...
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Coronavirus economy could cost LAUSD $500 million

The coronavirus economy will deliver a $507 million hit for Los Angeles Unified’s coming academic year, officials said on Tuesday, May 19, at the district’s first board meeting since the outbreak forced campuses to shutter. District Chief Financial Officer David Hart offered the grim post-pandemic budget projections for the nation’s second largest school district, which he said was already operating with a structural deficit and facing declining enrollment. According to his projection, L.A. Unif...
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Coronavirus: Nearly all LAUSD students are now learning online, says district superintendent

Nearly every public school student in Los Angeles is participating in online learning, said L.A. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner almost two months since schools closed for the coronavirus and nearing the academic year’s end. District officials said virtual summer school, which is open for any student wishing to attend, is slated to begin June 24. The district is also working on creating more online learning plans for students with disabilities. District leaders are also bracing for a histo...
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Remote learning is that much harder for LA County special education students

Since California announced the closure of public schools more than a month ago, the process of moving to remote learning has been vexing for both parents and educators –  but particularly those of children with disabilities. Despite the threat of litigation and the myriad challenges of translating special education services to virtual platforms, many Los Angeles County school districts have carried on implementing distance learning for all students. “To not provide any education because we’re wo...
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Coronavirus: LAUSD to start new school year in August, but whether classrooms reopen remains uncertain

The next academic year for Los Angeles public school students will begin mid-August — after two months of virtual summer school — but whether the fall begins online or in physical classrooms remains unclear, L.A. school district officials said Monday, May 4. Open enrollment summer session will begin in mid-June, said Superintendent Austin Beutner during his weekly update  launched after schools were forced to shutter for the coronavirus pandemic. “The 2020-21 school year starts on August 18,” sa...
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What will replace traditional grad ceremonies lost to the pandemic? LA area schools are working it out

Frances Suavillo knows the feelings of disappointment among the Class of 2020 well. She’s been tasked with surveying high school seniors on their alternative graduation preferences as the student representative on the Los Angeles Unified school board. She’s also the first member of her family to graduate high school in the U.S., one who won’t get the opportunity to celebrate all her academic accomplishments that led to an acceptance to Stanford University this fall. “Oh it’s been absolutely hear...
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Widespread testing, contract tracing is needed to reopen LA schools, says superintendent

The nation’s second-largest school district will not reopen campuses without widespread coronavirus testing and contract tracing for students and employees, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said on Monday, April 27. The edict came six weeks after the district closed all of its nearly 600 schools and launched remote learning and food aid distribution in hopes of thwarting the spread of COVID-19, alongside stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns. “We closed scho...
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As food lines grow, L.A. Unified marks 10 million meals served to families amid coronavirus closures

At least 10 million meals have been distributed to children and adults in need of assistance in the wake of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Monday, April 20. The milestone comes five weeks after campuses shuttered. As reports show unprecedented numbers of job losses amid L.A. stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns, lines continue to grow at the district’s dozens of “Grab and Go” meal sites. At San Fernando High School on Monda...
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Amid coronavirus, UTLA push against L.A. charter school co-locations is staying course

Amid unprecedented school upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles teacher’s union fight against campus-sharing agreements between charter and district schools stayed firmly on course to the outcry of charter advocates. The ongoing pressure campaign was on display in a socially-distanced demonstration at Shirley Elementary in Reseda on Tuesday morning, April 14, as teachers in masks stood six feet apart and protested a plan to open a new privately operated public school on their ca...
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Amid coronavirus, UTLA’s push against L.A. charter school co-locations is staying its course

Amid unprecedented school upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles teacher’s union fight against campus-sharing agreements between charter and district schools stayed firmly on course to the outcry of charter advocates. The ongoing pressure campaign was on display in a socially-distanced demonstration at Shirley Elementary in Reseda on Tuesday morning, April 14, as teachers in masks stood six feet apart and protested a plan to open a new privately operated public school on their ca...
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LA school campuses will remain shuttered for remainder of school year, says Superintendent Beutner

Los Angeles public school campuses will remain shuttered for the remainder of the school year and students will learn remotely through summer school, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic, L.A. Unified officials said Monday, April 13. Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement in a livestreamed coronavirus update from his home, where he also discussed graduations, grades and an agreement outlining terms of distance learning with teachers union United Teachers Los Angeles. “It’s be...
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LA school campuses will remain shuttered for entire school year, says Superintendent

Los Angeles public school campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the school year and students will learn remotely through summer school, L.A. Unified officials said Monday, April 13. Superintendent Austin Beutner made the announcement in a live-streamed COVID-19 update from his home on the first day back from spring break, where he discussed virtual graduations, grades and a distance learning agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles. The move came weeks after recommendations to close...
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Teachers union, LAUSD agree on distance-learning pact amid coronavirus closures

Officials at the Los Angeles Unified School District said Thursday, April 9, that a labor agreement was reached with the United Teachers Los Angeles union on terms of remote schooling amid closures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the agreement teachers will be able to create their own work schedules and not be required to teach classes using live video conferencing platforms, key demands made by UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl ahead of negotiations that began last Thursday. The deal will “prov...
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Supt. Austin Beutner said more LAUSD students are online, though gaps remain as spring break begins

About 74% of nearly 500,000 K-12 students at Los Angeles public schools have access to technology and have logged on to distance learning platforms — including 96% of high school students — according to the L.A. Unified School District officials. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner shared the charted figures on Monday, April 6, in a distance-learning update, three weeks after he closed school campuses amid the worsening coronavirus epidemic. The numbers reflected progress at the start of a week-...
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Despite coronavirus closures, L.A. county’s budding scientists participated virtually in science fair

Stanley Liu’s love for the field of microfluidics began with the toys of his childhood, equipment his mechanical engineer father would bring home from work. Science fairs became a way for the two to bond over the years, as Liu began to research scientific questions on his own. Like many budding scientists, the Arcadia High junior was concerned that the L.A. County Science and Engineering Fair might join a growing list of cancelled events last week as the novel coronavirus epidemic worsened. I...
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LAUSD struggles to reach significant number of students online, many of them homeless

Out of some 120,000 students at Los Angeles public high schools, about one-third have not logged into online instruction every day and 15,000 have been entirely absent from all online learning, according to the L.A. Unified School District officials On Monday, LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner shared the figures in a distance learning update two weeks after he decided to close school campuses amid the worsening coronavirus epidemic. The numbers, he said, reflects the district’s most vulnerable students...
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LAUSD to extend school closures through May amid coronavirus spread

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday that schools will remain closed through May 1, following school closures across California last week to help hamper spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Since the closures, LAUSD has prioritized distributing meals and kickstarting distance learning for more than half a million students, 80% of which belong to low-income households. “I wish I could tell you it will all be back to normal sometime soon but it does not look lik...
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LAUSD vows more tech help for families as school closures extend through May amid coronavirus spread

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday, March 23 that schools will remain closed through May 1, following the first week of closures to help hamper spread of the coronavirus outbreak, and that the district will ramp up efforts to streamline online learning for its nearly 600,000 students. Beutner said the district is committed to providing a laptop or tablet device and internet connection for every student, along with training for teachers and families, to better su...
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LAUSD to offer more tech help to families as school closures extended through May amid coronavirus spread

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday that schools will remain closed through May 1, following school closures across California to help hamper spread of the coronavirus outbreak. In a live-streamed announcement Beutner said the district estimated one half of the district’s nearly 600,000 students continued to learn at the same pace as the would be in the classroom last week, with one-quarter “doing okay” and another quarter not receiving adequate learning opportun...
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With distance learning off to a wobbly start, LAUSD calls out for help

In homes across Los Angeles, the new coronavirus pandemic has many parents clambering to facilitate home learning for their children while they balance work or newfound unemployment, but it hasn’t been smooth-going. Just days after teachers were directed to send students home with two weeks of schoolwork, some are asking for patience from families as they help students log in to learning management platforms or crack video conferencing tools. LAUSD employees Kimberly Alegria, Marcela Navarre...
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LAUSD families pick up some solace in ‘grab n go’ meals amid coronavirus school shutdown

They are families with just one working parent, a special-needs child at home, or a pantry that needs stocking during school shutdowns thanks to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday morning, they all rolled up in minivans and Corollas to receive a breakfast and lunch for every child or adult who asked, courtesy of the Los Angeles Unified School District at Van Nuys High School, one of the 60 “Grab n’ Go” centers across the 700-mile district. The food distribution will become a daily ritual...
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LAUSD parents: Here’s where students can receive free breakfast, lunch starting Wednesday

When the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it would close for two weeks in an unprecedented effort to halt the coronavirus spread, Superintendent Austin Beutner said childcare services would be available at a cluster of family resource centers as a saving grace for working families. No longer. Starting Wednesday, March 18 there will be 60 locations across the district’s 700-plus square miles offering two free meals a day per child present — without childcare, counseling or homework h...
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Message from LAUSD Superintendent Beutner assessing first day of coronavirus-spurred school closures

Monday was a remarkable day. For the first time in our history, schools were closed and students were able to continue learning. It wasn’t perfect and we can expect more bumps along the way, but teachers got up extra early, all of us did our best, and students continued to learn. And we will work to make it better. We have further information about our ability to open 40 Family Resource Centers and 20 Grab and Go Food Centers on March 18. At this time, state and local health and public safety of...
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LAUSD will open family hubs to serve students amid schools closure

Los Angeles Unified officials were working on launching 40 family resource centers to serve the legion of students who are now at home in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The decision is expected to assist thousands of low-income students in the district, which includes roughly 900 campuses, thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of students — 18,000 of whom who are unhoused, living in cars and shelters with their parents. In addition, the district is working on ...
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LAUSD board discusses response to coronavirus outbreak in emergency meeting

Los Angeles Unified School District officials voted to discuss their response to the coronavirus outbreak in closed session, at a hastily assembled 7 a.m. emergency meeting at the district’s downtown headquarters on Friday, March 13. Board members said they will announce actions thereafter. On Thursday, United Teachers Los Angeles union leaders urged LAUSD leadership to shutter all district schools to help mitigate the swiftly spreading novel coronavirus outbreak, joining a chorus of similar cal...
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LAUSD discusses coronavirus in emergency meeting; announcement planned at 10 a.m.

Los Angeles Unified School District officials deliberated their response to the coronavirus outbreak in a hastily assembled 7 a.m. emergency closed session meeting at the district’s downtown headquarters on Friday, March 13. Executive officer of the board Jefferson Crain said district Superintendent Austin Beutner will be making a statement following the discussion at 10 a.m. On Thursday, United Teachers Los Angeles union leaders urged LAUSD leadership to shutter all district schools to help mit...
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