After Board of Supervisors Vote, More L.A. County Students Can Return to Class

Los Angeles County supervisors have increased the percentage cap for “high-needs” students that can be brought back to campus for in-person learning.

“We will now increase to 25% capacity for high-needs students, so more children and youth can have access to their teachers and on-site support systems that are so critical for their growth and education,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who introduced the motion that passed Wednesday.

Previously, Los Angeles County’s public schools were constrained by a 10% cap.

The change will affect a wide array of students. As EdSource reports, the county allows significant discretion in defining “high-needs” youth, and schools are using that leeway to expand the number of students they serve. At a number of Los Angeles private schools, early learners are being designated “high-needs” in order to get them back in classrooms.

“For us, our youngest kids, 5- and 6-year-olds, should not be in front of screens all day,” Bradley Zacuto, who heads the private Westside Neighborhood School, told EdSource. “They are missing out on really critical social skills development. They are missing out on really critical academic foundation work and assessments.”


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