LA Unified Strikes Reopening Deal With Teachers Union

LA Unified preschools and elementary schools, as well as special needs services, will reopen for in-person instruction on April 19 under a tentative agreement between the school district and the teachers union. The deal, announced Tuesday night, has secondary schools reopening for in-person instruction by the end of April or early May. 

The agreement lays out a hybrid model that still includes plenty of online instruction. Elementary school students would attend either a morning or afternoon session five days a week. Families that wish to keep their kids home would still have a full online learning option. Kids will undergo regular coronavirus testing.

There are still some benchmarks to be met. Under the terms, employees will not be forced to return until the vaccine is made available to them. The county must be in the red tier.

A number of schools in LA County are making similar plans, but with earlier starting dates. Pasadena Unified plans to bring elementary students back on a hybrid schedule March 30. Older kids would follow on April 13. South Pasadena’s youngest learners have been in class since Feb 18. Compton Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, and Long Beach Unified are on similar tracks.

According to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, at least 35 of the county’s 80 school districts have either opened to some extent or are working on reopening plans. 

Now for the million dollar question: How will students adjust?