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LAUSD Likely To Implement ‘Hybrid’ Schedules This Fall — If The District Reopens Campuses

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The Los Angeles Unified School District has not yet decided whether its 472,000 students will return to campuses in the fall, Superintendent Austin Beutner said today.

But if campuses do reopen, Beutner said students will likely attend classes on “hybrid” schedules, spending only a few days in a classroom per week and learning from home the rest of the time.

How will this work? Also still unclear right now, Beutner said — but the superintendent did offer a window into LAUSD leaders’ thinking.

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In his update, the superintendent shared a few examples of staggered schedules. He didn’t commit to any particular one, but did say whatever option the district chooses, LAUSD will stick with it for the school year — unless “health and science experts provide new information.”

The L.A. Unified School District is considering arrangements for students to attend schools on 'hybrid' schedules. This set of possibilities — taken from a set of slides Superintendent Austin Beutner shared during a recorded video update — are among the options LAUSD officials are considering. Other possibilities include students attending school for four days at a time, then taking 10 days off. (Screenshot/LAUSD)

Last week, L.A. County education officials released their own guidelines for reopening the county’s more-than 2,400 schools. Among their recommendations: masks for all students and staff, one-way hallways and continued social distancing at all times.

But schools aren’t necessarily required to follow the “best practices” suggested in the county’s handbook; it’s up to each of L.A. County’s 80 districts to create their own reopening plan. County superintendent Debra Duardo said the only hard-and-fast rules schools must follow are public health orders.

State officials have also teased their own forthcoming set of guidelines on reopening schools, but Gov. Gavin Newsom said late last week that they were still in draft form.

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