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LAUSD Will Not Reopen Campuses At The Start Of Next School Year

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Los Angeles Unified school officials have ruled out reopening the district’s campuses for in-person instruction when a new school year begins next month, Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday.

On August 18, classes will resume in online-only mode — though unlike last spring, Beutner pledged LAUSD students will be able to expect “daily, live engagement” with their teachers.

Beutner did not set a timetable for reopening LAUSD campuses, but promised more details about how the semester will play out by “early August.”

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In his video address Monday, he acknowledged the decision would disappoint some parents and that a prolonged closure could lead to “lifelong impacts” for some students. But, he said, L.A. County’s coronavirus testing numbers are headed in the wrong direction:

“Reopening schools will significantly increase the interaction between children and adults from different families. A 10-year-old student might have a 30-year-old teacher, a 50-year-old bus driver or live with a 70-year-old grandmother. All need to be protected. There's a public health imperative to keep schools from becoming a petri dish.”

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