Members of the Los Angeles school board are expected to vote on Tuesday on an agreement approved by the teachers’ union on COVID-19 safety protocols for reopening schools in the fall that include the wearing of masks regardless of vaccination status.
Earlier in June, members of United Teachers Los Angeles overwhelmingly endorsed a deal with the Los Angeles Unified School District to institute the protections with 94% of members, or 11,485, promoting physical return measures for the 2021 school year. -22.
“With the approval of this deal, schools in Los Angeles will have critical COVID safety protocols in place when we once again welcome students into the joys of full-time in-person learning,” the then UTLA president Cecily Myart-Cruz, according to a press release the union provided to Fox News.
“The pandemic has challenged students, families and educators in ways unimaginable, but it has also sparked innovation and taught us lasting lessons about the healing power of public education,” the statement continued. “Educators are committed to meeting our students where they are and to creating the healthy, healing and equitable schools that our students and their families deserve.
Under the agreement, many of the COVID-19 security measures already in place will remain as the country’s second-largest school district attempts to resume normal operations. The district will perform COVID-19 tests every two weeks while in the yellow level, students and staff will be tested for symptoms before entering school sites, the use of MERV 13 filters on ventilation systems will continue and masks will be required.
The union – LAUSD’s faculty bargaining unit – said the protocols have proven to protect students, their families and staff.
“LA Unified has the lowest number of COVID infections among the nation’s largest school districts due to the safety protocols educators, parents and community members fought for and won. “
The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.
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Students will have the opportunity to continue learning at home. Elementary students enrolled in virtual learning will benefit from three hours of daily live instruction. Middle and high school students will have three 70-minute periods each school day, with at least 40 minutes of live instruction per period.
If approved, the deal would go into effect on Wednesday and run until June 30, 2022.