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Everything you need to know about reopening plans for LAUSD, OC schools

After months of uncertainty, plans for reopening some schools in Los Angeles and Orange County are becoming more solidified.

By ABC7 #los-angeles-ca

After months of uncertainty, plans for reopening some schools in Los Angeles and Orange County are becoming more solidified.

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner discussed Monday morning efforts to reopen campuses during a virtual address to the school community.

“This will not be simple to solve and will require some compromises on what in-person instruction can be offered to students at schools. We’ve a team of people working to develop the best solution we can,” he said.

LAUSD is working with some schools that want to reopen and help students with special needs. The district has received 59 applications for schools to reopen for those services, and the county has agreed to allow in-person learning for special needs students.

Beutner also discussed LAUSD’s COVID-19 testing program, which he said has finished its first full week.

“We’ve provided almost 15,000 tests to staff who are currently working at schools and their children who are in childcare. We expect the relatively low occurrence of the virus thus far to increase a bit as we test more people who have not had access to testing but the initial results are encouraging,” he said.

The superintendent also said the district will soon offer free seasonal flu vaccinations for when a student or staff member receives their COVID-19 test. An exact date on when flu vaccinations will be made available was not released.

Meanwhile, in Orange County, state guidelines are allowing schools to reopen Tuesday as the county has gone 14 days with the case average under 100 per 100,000 people.

However, many district have decided to push their start dates back, with some planning a phased return with a hybrid online and in-person format to allow for physical distancing.
The Fountain Valley School District will open elementary schools Tuesday, though.

Orange Unified School District is offering the opportunity for students to continue distance learning exclusively or transition back to in-person classes.

A group of teachers, parents and community members gathered Sunday to protest schools reopening in Orange County.

A caravan of vehicles drove around, with protestors voicing their objections to Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s plan of students returning to campuses Sept. 29.

Some educators are arguing that distance learning is providing structure and a strong curriculum for children, adding a plan must be in place to ensure a safe transition to in-person instruction.

For the latest news on back to school and educational resources, visit abc7.com/backtoschool.