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LAUSD, Teachers Reach Deal On In-Person Assessments, Tutoring For Special Ed Students

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While schools in Los Angeles County generally have to remain closed, there are a few exceptions — like supporting students who struggle the most with distance learning.

Now, the L.A. Unified School District and the teachers’ union have agreed on how to provide some in-person services to students on campus — including one-on-one tutoring, one-on-one assessments for students with special needs and students learning English, and some in-person adult education classes.

Under the agreements, which were signed Thursday, teachers cannot be forced to participate. Those who choose to — and their students — will have to get tested for COVID-19 first.

United Teachers Los Angeles had previously expressed concerns over the district’s safety plans, but in a Friday morning update, UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz announced the agreement:

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“We are gratified that we could reach an agreement that supports our most vulnerable students and follows best practices to uphold the health and safety of our school communities."

The one-on-one tutoring will be offered in 50-minute sessions and is intended “to mitigate the effects of school closures,” according to a district spokesperson.

More than 140 LAUSD schools have indicated they intend to provide some in-person services for students with special needs and English language learners.

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