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LAUSD Board of Education decides not to extend 2021-22 school year

Rather than mandate a longer academic year, schools in the Los Angeles Unified district will only be required to provide the typical 180 days of instruction for the 2021-22 year — although individual campuses will have the option to offer extra class or staff development time, the Board of Education decided on Tuesday, May 4. The board’s unanimous vote, based on a recommendation by district staff, came a day after LAUSD leaders scrapped a proposal by Superintendent Austin Beutner to tack on 10 m...
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LAUSD reopens playgrounds at elementary, early education campuses

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner joins a kindergarten class at Kenter Canyon School in Brentwood to celebrate the reopening of playgrounds at early education centers and elementary schools across the district on Monday, May 3, 2021. Parents were upset to learn that the play structures were off limits when students first returned to school last month. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Custodian Fidel Alfaro sprays down Kenter Canyon Sch...
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LAUSD reopens playgrounds at elementary, early ed campuses

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner joins a kindergarten class at Kenter Canyon School in Brentwood to celebrate the reopening of playgrounds at early education centers and elementary schools across the district on Monday, May 3, 2021. Parents were upset to learn that the play structures were off limits when students first returned to school last month. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Custodian Fidel Alfaro sprays down Kenter Canyon Sch...
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250 LAUSD students perform with H.E.R. at Vax Live as Fender donates thousands of instruments

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified and the Fender Play Foundation announced Monday the expansion of a music program that provides free instruments and lessons for middle school students. The music program began last June, providing 5,000 students with guitars, basses and ukuleles from Fender, and it will double in size this coming year. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said youngsters already participating in the program have enjoyed teacher-led lessons and learned a new skill among friends at...
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LAUSD teachers oppose adding 10 days to school year, union says

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, right, and State Senator Henry Stern observe teacher Bruce Newborn at Hale Charter Academy, Friday, April, 30, 2021. Middle and high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District returned to the classroom for the first time in more than a year this week. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Students check in before entering Hale Charter Academy, Friday, April, 30, 2021. Middle and high school students in the Los Angeles Unifi...
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UTLA president: LAUSD campus reopenings have generally gone well, ‘but the exhaustion is real’

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz visit the school chicken coop at Playa Vista Elementary School on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz visit the school chicken coop at Playa Vista Elementary School on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and UTLA President Cecily M...
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LAUSD playgrounds will reopen with new cleaning procedures and play rules

LOS ANGELES — Playgrounds at all Los Angeles Unified elementary schools and early education centers will reopen Monday after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. District personnel will use electrostatic misters and approved disinfectant to regularly sanitize playground equipment, the same procedure used to clean frequently touched surfaces in a school, according to Superintendent Austin Beutner. Only one group of students will be allowed to use the playground at a time, and students wi...
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State schools chief praises LAUSD’s coronavirus reopening strategy

As students return to school Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner and LAUSD Board Pres. Kelly Gonez join dance teacher Carrie Dolin as she goes through a warmup with students online at Pacoima Middle School on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) As students return to school Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks with students as they social distance at Pacoima Middle School’s cafete...
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LAUSD students should be able to return to all-day, in-person instruction in fall, superintendent says

Students in Los Angeles Unified should be able to return to all-day, in-person instruction in the fall, assuming schedules are adjusted, more people in the community get vaccinated and the level of coronavirus infections continue to drop, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, April 26. As the district’s secondary students prepare to head back to classrooms this week — the first time in more than a year — Beutner acknowledged that middle and high schoolers won’t receive in-person instruction...
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LAUSD board names interim schools chief

The Los Angeles Unified school board announced Friday, April 23, that Megan Reilly, the district’s deputy superintendent, will take over as interim schools chief when current Superintendent Austin Beutner’s contract runs out at the end of June. Reilly, who will take over the helm on July 1, received the unanimous support of the board, which met in closed session Friday, two days after Beutner informed board members he would not seek a contract renewal. Reilly first worked for LAUSD as its chief ...
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Donna Manfredi appointed new principal at Golden Oak Adult School in Santa Clarita

  Donna Manfredi has been named as the new principal at Golden Oak Adult School in Santa Clarita. (Photo courtesy of William S. Hart Union High School District)   Donna Manfredi, an almost 30-year educator in the William S. Hart Union High School District, has been named as principal of the Golden Oak Adult School in Santa Clarita. Manfredi has been the interim principal at the school since July 2020. She was an assistant principal at Canyon and West Ranch high schools. She began her associ...
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LAUSD’S outgoing superintendent offers to ‘be around’ to help with transition

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner holds a press conference at Willow Elementary School in South Gate on Thursday, April 22, 2021 after welcoming back students. Beutner said this week he will not renew his contract when it ends in June. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner holds a press conference at Willow Elementary School in South Gate on Thursday, April 22, 2021 after welcoming back students. Beutner said this week he will not re...
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Chatsworth baseball off to hot start under new coach Marcus Alvarado

Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. Being a new coach under normal circumstances is hard at any level. Marcus Alvarado started his reign as the baseball coach at Chatsworth High amid a worldwide pandemic. It wasn’t an ideal situation. Alvarado was hired in June 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the next five months the closest he got to his players was via Zoom. The first official team activity wasn’t until November when LAUSD Superi...
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LA County now about halfway to herd immunity, officials declare

With more than 4 million Los Angeles County residents with at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, public health officials estimate they are about halfway to achieving herd immunity. What exactly constitutes herd immunity is somewhat unknown depending on how infectious certain variants might be, though most experts put the goal at around 80% of those eligible who need to be vaccinated, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. In L.A. County, 80% of those 16 and over adds up to abo...
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LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner to step down

LAUSD Supt. Beutner guided the district through a tumultuous teachers strike and a year of unprecedented coronavirus-forced school closures.
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LA schools chief Beutner will depart LAUSD when his contract runs out in June

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has his temperature checked as he walks in the gates at Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles on Monday, April 19, 2021 as teachers and staff return to school in preparation for students returning to the classroom this week. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner along with teachers and staff do Betty Plasencia Elementary School’s ch...
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LAUSD’s Beutner stands behind district’s vaccine/testing efforts

Los Angeles Unified schools chief Austin Beutner on Monday, April 19, defended the district’s mandatory COVID-19 testing program and stressed the importance of getting children younger than 16 vaccinated once that becomes an option. During his weekly community update, the superintendent noted that 72 district employees and 105 students who tested positive for the coronavirus over the past two weeks were identified and kept away from schools just as campuses start to reopen. Related links M...
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Another wave of students return to LAUSD campuses

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles on Monday, April 19, 2021 as teachers and staff return to school in preparation for students returning to the classroom this week. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Teachers and staff return to Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles on Monday, April 19, 2021 in preparation for students returning to the classroom this week. (Photo by Sarah ...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Soriano, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified, Austin Beutner


LAUSD readies campuses for this week’s return of in-person learning

Teachers from Normont Elementary School socially distanced in the quad to listen to a few words from LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, in Harbor City on Monday, April 12, 2021. Beutner visited schools on Monday to meet teachers and give the media a chance to see the new safety measures in place before students arrive on Tuesday. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Superintendent Austin Beutner, right, fist bumps Mrs. Martinez, a kindergarten teacher at Normont Elementary School...
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LAUSD hit with another school reopening lawsuit

The Los Angeles Unified School District has been hit with another lawsuit over its school reopening plan, a week after another group of parents sued the district and local teachers union over similar issues. The latest lawsuit, filed Wednesday, April 7, in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of parents in a grassroots group known as California Students United, seeks to compel the nation’s second-largest district to fully reopen schools — meaning full-time, in-person learning at all eleme...
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LAUSD opens first of 25 school-based vaccination sites

LA Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner is joined by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to announce a program with St. John’s Medical Center to provide free COVID vaccinations to families at LAUSD school sites during a press conference at George Washington Preparatory Senior High School in South Los Angeles on Wednesday April 7, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Ivette and David Giron, and their children Anthony, 7, and Madelyne, 5, appear with LA Unified School Distr...
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LAUSD to open 25 school-based vaccination sites for district families

With less than half of all Los Angeles Unified students planning to return to campus when schools reopen this month for hybrid learning, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, April 5, that having students home “isn’t the objective” as he announced plans to expand the number of school-based vaccination centers the district is offering. Of the families that have responded to a district survey, 49% plan to send their elementary children back to school while 35% and 25% of middle and high schoo...
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How colleges and universities across Southern California will celebrate graduation

Some college graduates will receive their diplomas — as their families cheer. Others will walk across a stage, but will hear nothing. For the unlucky ones, though, graduation 2021 will be a replay of last year, when the coronavirus pandemic required drive-by or entirely virtual commencement ceremonies. A survey of major Southern California universities has revealed vastly different approached to graduation this year, reflective of the current moment of the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccinations keep...
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Coronavirus alarm rising nationally, as LA County continues to report encouraging statistics

Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Monday, March 29, echoed warnings from the federal government, urging adherence to physical distancing and masking against the threat of a new surge of coronavirus. “Every time the virus is passed from one person to another, community transmission increases along with the possibility of proliferation of variants,” said Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in a statement updating the latest human toll of the virus in the county. Even as federal offic...
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LAUSD works to persuade parents it’s safe on campus; less than half sending kids back, survey says

With fewer than two in five elementary students and less than a quarter of middle and high schoolers returning to in-person learning if campuses were to reopen today, Los Angeles Unified School District officials are pushing hard to convince families it’s safe to send their children back and are focusing a large part of their effort on getting the word out that, starting with two communities hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, adults in households served by LAUSD soon will have access to vacci...
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LAUSD may revisit social distancing policy, instructional schedules in future

The Los Angeles Unified School District may change its policy on how spread apart students must remain in the classroom for the summer and fall — when on-campus activities are also likely to increase — Superintendent Austin Beutner said Tuesday, March 23, offering hope to parents who want the district to provide in-person instruction five days a week to students in all grade levels. The district is currently locked into maintaining 6 feet of distancing between desks because of an agreement it ne...
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Less than a third of LAUSD families might send their kids back to campus

Less than a third of Los Angeles Unified students might return to the classroom when schools reopen next month, according to preliminary survey results, the district announced on Monday, March 22. Of the families who have responded to a survey thus far — which is about half of all families in the district — 42% indicated they plan to send their children back, Superintendent Austin Beutner said during his weekly address to the community. Families who don’t respond will have their students remain ...
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LAUSD teachers ratify pandemic-era school reopening agreement with district

With a return-to-school agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and teachers union now fully ratified, plans appear to be solidifying to get students in the nation’s second-largest K-12 system back into classrooms next month. In fact, Superintendent Austin Beutner offered a bit more specificity on Sunday, March 21, when he announced during a town hall with several faith leaders that preschool and elementary students, as well as students with disabilities, would return starting ...
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As LA County opens up vaccines for millions with health challenges, officials urge patience

As infection and hospitalization rates continue to decline and Los Angeles County begins to turn the corner on recovery, officials have expanded vaccine access to include the region’s sickest and disabled as of Monday, March 15. But those who now qualify may have to wait days or weeks to get an appointment, officials said during a Monday news conference. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said it may take a few weeks for qualified residents to get an appointmen...
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Newly red-tiered LA County’s businesses counting on ‘the great indoors’ today

Los Angeles County’s businesses are looking to “the great indoors” to salvage a rotten, pandemic-pounded financial year. Today, Los Angeles County restaurants are welcoming diners indoors and movie theaters and fitness centers are opening anew, with customers widely spaced, when the county shifts to the less-restrictive red tier in the state’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” County officials confirmed the move Friday, when the state attained the benchmark of administering 2 million doses of COV...
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