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Six months of pandemic photography in the Southern California

One day, this will all be over. Coronavirus will be gone and we’ll get back to normal. But what will we remember? For the past six months, almost every facet of our lives has changed – covered faces, empty shelves, remote learning and drive-thru everything. Our photographers have been working throughout this pandemic to tell the stories of the people of Southern California and record history for our posterity. For our photographers, it’s personal. Normally, when we cover a story we are uninvolve...
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LAUSD campuses with low enrollment get additional relief to save teachers

In the face of mounting pressure from parents and staff for Los Angeles Unified to suspend its annual practice of shuffling teachers around classrooms based on student enrollment, the superintendent announced on Thursday, Sept. 17, that the district will provide additional relief to schools this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Campuses slated to lose teachers due to low enrollment might still lose a position or two, but the district hopes to soften the blow by allowing schools ...
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Teachers contend with stress as distance learning endures

After a two-week sprint to set up her online classroom, a weekend spent in 100-degree lines and coming home to yet another argument between her three children, Lorraine Quinones shut her bedroom door, threw herself onto her bed and sobbed into her pillow. LAUSD fourth grade teacher Lorraine Quiñones checks her students work in her bedroom where she teaches from as one of her school aged children Melody, center, plays with her friends Desiree Ayala and Lea Guevara, all 9, after school at her Ea...
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LAUSD students continue push to fully defund school police department

LOS ANGELES >> Not satisfied with the $25 million that the Los Angeles Unified school board cut from the district’s police department this summer, students and social justice activists are continuing to press for a full defunding of the program. About 125 people gathered outside the district’s headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 15, calling for the complete elimination of the Los Angeles School Police Department. At times, some of the rally-goers got into heated exchanges with a smaller group of coun...
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A tale of two Southern California nursing homes in the era of coronavirus

Administrator Hrag Bekerian felt confident, he said, that they were taking the right precautions at Gem Transitional Care Center before the coronavirus struck. The four-star-rated nursing home on South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena had closed its doors to visitors a week before the state’s guidance. Managers held frequent training sessions, screened all entrants and ramped up hand-washing checks. “We believe we were well-prepared,” said Bekerian, 31. Eye of the Storm Southern California Nursin...
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L.A. County expected to approve more coronavirus relief spending

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Sept. 15, on a plan allocating nearly $130 million in federal coronavirus relief funding. In July, the board approved a $1.22 billion spending program funded by federal relief dollars. This latest plan relates to monies set aside under that program for contingencies and includes federal funding from other sources. All coronavirus relief dollars provided under the original federal ...
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LA County wants to secure less expensive, more convenient coronavirus tests

Los Angeles County health officials are eagerly awaiting better tests that are less expensive and more convenient than the current way the county tests for the new coronavirus. “It’s not so much the accuracy of the test,” explained Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer during a Monday, Sept. 14, briefing. “Better testing for us means much less expensive, either a point-of-care test or one you can take in your home that you can take very frequently. Once we get those tests, it will be a game-chan...
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LAUSD rolls out coronavirus testing, contact tracing program

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks to the media during a press conference held at Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington on Monday, September 14, 2020. Following months of planning and preparation and weeks of trial testing, LAUSD has launched its COVID-19 testing program for students and staff with results in less than 24 hours so.(Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner takes a COVID-19 test prior to speaking at a press conference held at ...
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Cities losing big from closed cardrooms; mayors ask county to reopen outdoors

Mayors of five Los Angeles-area cities with cardroom casinos all came together Monday, Sept. 14, to urge Los Angeles County officials to allow cardrooms to reopen outdoors. L.A. County still has not given the green light to reopen cardrooms outdoors even though they have been granted approval by the state, with certain restrictions, since Sept. 9. Cardrooms represent big revenue, sometimes more than half of the general fund for cities whose mayors spoke out on Monday. In Hawaiian Gardens, Mayor ...
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In L.A. County, don’t expect elementary schools to reopen before November

Parents and educators of elementary students in Los Angeles County should not expect their schools to reopen before November at the earliest. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer had indicated during a briefing with school leaders on Thursday, Sept. 10, that it would take at least that long before K-6 campuses could apply for waivers to reopen to the general student population amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to one administrator who attended the briefing. The county had announce...
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How the Dodgers’ social justice campaign will benefit Southern California

On July 16, several Dodger players appeared in a pre-recorded video released by the team. It came nearly two months after George Floyd died beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. The players had been spurred to use their platform to effect systemic change to racial injustices in their own region. The video ended with pitcher Clayton Kershaw saying, “we must unapologetically say that black lives matter.” Those words resonated. But they were not a shoutout to Black Lives Matter, a globa...
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CSU system to start spring semester with primarily online learning

The California State University system will continue with distance learning for the Spring semester, which begins in January, because of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10. “After extensive consultation with campus presidents and other stakeholders, and careful consideration of a multitude of factors, regarding the pandemic and its consequences, as well as other matters impacting the university and it...
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How Southern California families are making distance learning work

It’s been almost six months since Southern California students left their classrooms due to the coronavirus pandemic. And many haven’t been back yet. Instead, they’re again doing “distance learning,” taking classes and doing homework from home. It hasn’t always been easy for millions of families in Southern California. So we asked readers how they were making it work. What clever ideas had they created to make learning from home — often alongside parents working from home — more successful? Here...
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In-person learning at LAUSD campuses won’t come until safety is assured, union says

United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents teachers in the nation’s second-largest school district, opposes having any of its members return to L.A. Unified School District campuses to provide in-person instruction to the district’s highest-needs students before it is safe to do so, the union’s president said Friday, Sept. 4. “We know our students learn best in physical schools, face-to-face with educators and the support providers they need and deserve,” union President Cecily Myart-Cruz sai...
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San Fernando Valley church, L.A. County square off in court over indoor ban

Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur preaches on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. An appeals court has ordered Grace Community Church in Sun Valley not to hold indoor services. (Video screengrab via Facebook) A San Fernando Valley church clashed with Los Angeles County’s Public Health Department in court on Friday, Sept. 4, over whether the county’s “Safer at Home” health order trumps the church’s right to hold worship services indoors during the resurgent coronavirus pandemic. Related link...
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Mother of slain Long Beach boy sues L.A. Unified, where suspect worked in after-school program

LOS ANGELES — The mother of a 6-year-old Long Beach boy who was fatally beaten the day after Christmas in 2019 is suing Los Angeles Unified, alleging the school district negligently hired, retained and supervised her son’s accused killer in an after-school program. Kenya Taylor, the 38-year-old mother of Dayvon Taylor, filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages. An LAUSD representative issued a statement saying the district “is not at liberty to comment o...
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Gathering mourns 5,700-plus lives lost to coronavirus in LA County

Flowers placed in front a memorial for the more than 5,700 who have died from Covid-19 in front of the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration Monday, August 31, 2020. Los Angeles County continues to see a rise in cases and deaths attributed to COVID-19. Over 236,000 cases have now been confirmed, including 38 new deaths and over 1,100 current hospitalizations. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Essential workers hold candles for fellow workers who have died from Covid-19...
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LAUSD enrollment down, mostly in kindergarten

Average daily attendance and overall enrollment in Los Angeles Unified School District were down slightly in the first week of distance-learning compared to years past, the district reported Monday, Aug. 31. Some of the decline was expected, but was worsened by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent Austin Beutner said during his weekly briefing. The percentage of students who attended online classes was down roughly 3.4% compared to the first seven days of classes last year, Beutner sai...
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A trade war amid a pandemic means costly PPE for essential workers

One of the easiest ways to curb the devastating effect that COVID-19 is having on the essential workers is to immediately equip them with masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that keeps them safe as they maintain the economy. Early in the pandemic, we heard heartbreaking stories of medical personnel who braved the frontlines by reusing disposable masks and wearing makeshift protective gowns because of the nation’s lack of preparedness for the surge in demand. Five months later, we...
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Misguided California ‘stimulus’ proposal put on ice

A plan to borrow $100 billion from future state income tax revenues so the money can be spent immediately has emerged in a last-minute budget trailer bill, but thankfully not as legislation. The plan to sell tax vouchers is now merely a requirement for a study of how to implement such a plan. That should come as a relief, if temporary, to future taxpayers who would be stuck with a bill for their then-current government expenses without sufficient current revenues to pay for them. Floated in late...
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Mental health is the elephant in pandemic-era classrooms

COVID-19 isn’t the only health threat facing students and teachers returning to classrooms this fall. Long before the pandemic hit, millions of Americans suffered from mental illness. The pandemic and the resulting social and economic disruption have only led to increases in psychological trouble and, sadly, children aren’t exempt. Classrooms and extracurricular activities create communities of peers and teachers, which can be important support systems for struggling students. Many of those comm...
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Elect Marilyn Koziatek to the LAUSD school board in District 3

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Unified School District faced innumerable problems. The sprawling district, the largest in the state and second-largest in the country, serves wide-ranging communities with distinctive needs and distinctive strengths and weaknesses. For years, the district has struggled to deliver great results academically while at the same time recurring budget issues have prompted strained relations with both the district’s teachers union as well as local ...
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Teacher at Woodland Hills school says she was threatened over ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt

A teacher at El Camino Real Charter High in Woodland Hills says she fears for her safety after receiving threats for wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt while instructing her online class last week, according to school officials. A parent took a screenshot and shared it online of the teacher wearing the shirt, school officials said, which created an uproar with some parents, pouring onto social media threads and forums online. Hateful emails were reportedly sent to the teacher, who asked not to...
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Student with cerebral palsy navigates rigors of distance learning, with help from mom, teachers

Teal Phillips’ mom wakes her each morning at 7 a.m., though she won’t log on to her first online class for a couple of hours. Los Angeles Unified School District students, teachers and families are adjusting to their return to distance learning this semester amid the resurgent coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles County. The Chatsworth High senior’s morning routine is unlike her peers’, however. Teal has cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and is nonverbal. Her mother, Jasmine Gonzalez, prepare...
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LAUSD board votes to make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement by 2023-24

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s board approved plans on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25, to make completion of an Ethnic Studies class a high school graduation requirement by the 2023-24 school year. The vote was unanimous, 7-0. The resolution, introduced by board member Kelly Gonez, requires: That LAUSD superintendent and administrators provide support to educators to integrate Ethnic Studies into the Pre-K-8 curriculum; Each school to offer an Ethnic Studies course by 2022-23; and That e...
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Coronavirus trends falling in LA County; health officer says he knows why

Coronavirus deaths in L.A. County continued to fall on Monday, Aug. 24, a sign that stringent efforts to control the virus are trending toward a point where businesses could again begin to offer dining indoors and residents could once again hold gatherings at their homes, officials said. But we’re not there yet, warned L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, who said that even when we are, masks and social distancing will be part of the equation. Davis reported 13 new deaths related to the v...
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Amid pandemic, education comes first for families sheltered at LA-area motels

Mary Puente, 4, carries her free books, backpack and school supplies back to her motel room in Van Nuys Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LA Family Housing and other organizations helped launch “Kids First”, at a motel in Van Nuys. The $770,000 Council District 6 Pilot will provide educational, life-needs and housing assistance throughout the LAUSD school year to 51 homeless families with 101 school-aged children living in motels along the Sepulveda ...
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USC reports ‘alarming’ coronavirus spike with 43 cases in off-campus housing

LOS ANGELES — USC health officials on Monday reported an “alarming” spike of 43 coronavirus cases confirmed in off-campus housing facilities, along with 100 students in quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19. According to Dr. Sarah Van Orman, head of USC Student Health, 14 cases were identified through general population testing among students not showing any symptoms, while 29 more were confirmed through contact tracing and testing of people showing symptoms or who were exposed to the ...
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As heat wave breaks, LAUSD’s coronavirus testing/tracing program will launch

The first wave of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s mammoth coronavirus testing and tracing program will launch sometime this week — with plans to test employees working at schools as well as children and staff involved in childcare programs, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, Aug. 24. The launch of the ambitious program was pushed back due to the recent record-breaking heat, Beutner said during his weekly update via video message on the LAUSD webpage. The testing materials are n...
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Why is US facing a back-to-school laptop shortage?

By JOCELYN GECKER and MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Schools across the United States are facing shortages and long delays, of up to several months, in getting this year’s most crucial back-to-school supplies: the laptops and other equipment needed for online learning, an Associated Press investigation has found. The world’s three biggest computer companies, Lenovo, HP and Dell, have told school districts they have a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops, in some cases exacerb...
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