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LA County Won’t Allow Most Students To Return To Campuses For At Least Six More Weeks

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A COVID-19 public service announcement displays on the sign of Santa Monica High School on Sept. 9, 2020. (Kyle Stokes/KPCC/LAist)
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Los Angeles County health officials are unlikely to allow public schools to reopen for general “hybrid” instruction for at least the next six to eight weeks.

Instead, the county’s Department of Public Health will use that time to monitor schools bringing back much smaller groups of high-needs students on an invitation-only basis.

Schools can begin inviting these students back to campus as soon as next week — on Monday, Sept. 14 — under new rules intended to help deliver specialized services to students at greatest risk of falling behind during distance learning, like special education students or English learners.

Under L.A. County’s rules, schools cannot invite back more than 10% of their student body to take part of these small groups.

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In a statement, the health department said officials will be watching these groups closely over the next six to eight weeks. They’ll “assess safety directives and strategies for ensuring infection control and distancing.”

“This information,” the department’s statement added, “will be used to inform the timing of future activities at schools.”

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