Morning Brief: Getting Kids Back In School, Mudslides, And The Roaring 2020’s
Good morning, L.A. It’s March 11.
The agreement includes a handful of key points, reports my colleague Kyle Stokes, including that all teachers and school staff are offered the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, and that schools remain closed until the recommended two weeks after the second dose.
In addition, students and staff will be tested for the coronavirus weekly; masks and social distancing will be required; and meals will be provided for all students, whether they are learning online or in person. Preschoolers will return for full-time, in-person learning; elementary school students will return for hybrid learning; and middle and high school students will continue to learn online for the time being.
The deal comes after a very, very long year for kids, parents and teachers.
In L.A., the digital divide — the difference in access to the internet and computers — became apparent almost immediately, as some students were unable to log in to classes for a wide variety of tech-related reasons. Kids with special education plans were also at a significant disadvantage, as were their parents.
Since vaccines have become more widely available, district officials have been inching towards a deal with teachers. But even LAUSD’s superintendent, Austin Beutner, refused to reopen campuses until a specific set of criteria were met.
A specific date isn’t in the agreement, but according to sources, officials are hoping to welcome elementary school students back for hybrid learning on April 19, and to welcome middle and high school students back in late April or early May.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.
What Else You Need To Know Today
- A new UCLA economic forecast predicts steep post-pandemic economic growth and jobs recovery in both California and the nation.
- An overnight rainstorm caused mud and debris slides in an area scorched by the Bond Fire late last year.
- Citing L.A.’s hero pay ordinance, Kroger will close three area grocery stores.
- With a tradition-busting State of the State speech, Gov. Gavin Newsom also worked Tuesday night to shore up support from Californians who can keep him from being thrown out of office.
- In the San Gabriel Valley, a quick succession of attacks on Asian Americans has given rise to fears that the group is being targeted.
- The final report on the Borderline bar massacre says we'll likely never know the shooter's motive.
- Guidance has been issued to centers that serve tens of thousands of disabled people on how to let folks know when they become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Here’s how to talk to kids about going back to school.
- The Motion Picture Academy held a virtual preview of its museum, which will open on Sept. 30.
Before You Go … Thunder, Rain, And Hail!
Rain arrived in L.A. yesterday, and it will likely continue through tomorrow, with a chance of showers Friday.
In La Cañada Flintridge, there were reports of thunder and pea-sized hail (!!). Parts of the 818 looked like they were blanketed by snow. It’s also going to stay chilly through the weekend, so don’t be afraid to break out that L.A.-winter parka.
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