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When Will LAUSD Drop Its Indoor Mask Mandate? Still TBD

Kids stand lined-up in a school yard wearing masks.
Kids line up outside school on the first day at Montara Avenue Elementary School in South Gate.
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It’s been over a week since L.A. County dropped its indoor mask mandate. But right now it’s unclear when the L.A. Unified School District might do the same.

In a statement released Friday, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) said it’s “currently working with labor partners and other stakeholders to transition from required indoor masking to a strong recommendation for indoor masking.”

Board member Nick Melvoin went to Twitter to voice disappointment at that vague statement, calling for the district to align with the county’s rules as soon as possible.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has expressed support for doing that:

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But parent Jessica Craven says she’s been impressed with LAUSD’s handling of COVID so she’s fine waiting on a decision, as long as it doesn’t take the whole school year.

When the outdoor mask mandate was dropped, Craven said her sixth grader and much of their class chose to keep masking up even though they didn’t have to.

“It’s just going to take time,” Craven said. “I think that these kids have been traumatized way more than any of us really care to acknowledge at this point because we’re still sort of in it.”

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UTLA, the L.A. teachers union, said in a statement that another discussion with LAUSD over proposed changes to health and safety protocols is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Kyle Stokes reports on the public education system — and the societal forces, parental choices and political decisions that determine which students get access to a “good” school (and how we define a “good school”).