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LAUSD Teams Up With Public TV On Remote Learning

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LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner has announced a remote learning partnership with public television stations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. (Kyle Stokes/LAist)

With 700,000 students, Los Angeles Unified is the nation's second-largest school district -- so how will the district keep learning going in the event schools close in response to COVID-19?

Television will be part of the answer.

Schools Supt. Austin Beutner announced today that LAUSD will team up with public television stations to provide educational programming to students.

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“We’re pleased that we will share today … a plan that we and PBS have developed to provide on three channels programming rich instructional content that teaches to standards, that allows our students to have continuity of learning at every level,” he said at a Thursday morning press conference.

In official announcements, the district, PBS SoCal, and KCET laid out the details of how the partnership would work.

“The plan is for all students to have access to free educational resources at home provided by the local public media organizations, both on-air and online, regardless of their broadband access,” the district wrote in the announcement.

Here's how it will work:

  • PBS SoCal will have programming for students TK/K-2nd grade, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • KCET will feature content designed for high school students.
  • The announcements differ on exactly which grade levels will be served by the district’s station, KLCS – PBS SoCal’s says 3rd-12th, while LAUSD’s says Pre-K through 12th.