No graduation by car, according to L.A. county officials


As students graduate from Los Angeles County, public health officials warn of marking the milestone with celebrations behind the wheel.

“I think it is unfortunate that this is happening during a pandemic because we are asking that all degrees be virtual,” said Barbara Ferrer, county public health director during a live Facebook chat on Saturday with supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

“Our health official’s order prohibits, as the state does, any event from happening, and even the car graduation parties people would like to see are considered events. So at the moment there can be nothing more than a virtual diploma. “

She said officials were hoping that deferred graduation may be possible in one form or another later in the summer.

In addition, they are working with the superintendents on a plan to resume classroom instruction in the fall.

Options include a hybrid model incorporating both distance and classroom learning, as well as cohort plans that would allow a group of students to learn together as a unit without mixing with other units from the same school, said Ferrer.

While the researchers are undertaking another series of serological tests to detect antibodies to coronavirus infection, she said, they will also test the children to find out more about their role in the spread of the virus.

“If children are going to be these asymptomatic vectors of the virus, we need to make sure that the [classroom] the environments are very safe and that we protect each other in those environments, ”she said.


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