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Long Beach Schools To Continue With Distance Learning Through January

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The Long Beach Unified School District will remain in distance learning mode through January 28. Continuing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic drove the decision to keep campuses closed until at least the of the end of semester.

District Superintendent Jill Baker made the annoucement today in video message posted on the district's website and on social media. She said Long Beach Unified — the the second-largest school district in L.A. County and the fourth-largest in the state — made the "decision to extend distance learning based on consultation with health officials."

"I have been asked by some members of the community why we are not opening schools, when according to some sources, students don’t easily contract COVID. While the answer is more complex than a simple statement, the summary is that schools do not operate without a significant number of adults, and when we convene large groups of adults and students in any one location, there is a higher likelihood of contributing to the spread of a communicable disease."

Watch the full announcement above.
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