September 27, 2021 #1 Local News, Information and Event Source for the Century City/Westwood areas.

Getting LAUSD Kids Back in the Classroom

By Nick Melvoin LAUSD District 4 Board Member Board District 4

This past year has been exceptionally difficult for the students, families, teachers and staff of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as your representative on the School Board, I am excited that we will soon finally welcome students back into the classroom. COVID cases are declining, vaccines are being distributed, and we’ve learned a lot about which precautions help keep kids and staff safe. We have also reached an agreement with our teachers’ union to begin the recovery process from this crisis by safely reopening schools for in-person instruction in a hybrid model.

Here’s what reopening will look like. We will begin reopening some elementary schools on April 12, with the remaining schools returning the following week. Elementary students who would like to return to campus will have three hours of in-person instruction Monday through Friday. In addition, to ease the transition back to campus, we’re going a step further by offering families the options of on-campus child care and extra enrichment activities. Of course, for those students who choose to continue learning remotely for the time being, schools will provide three hours of live virtual instruction. Middle and high school students will be able to return to campus on April 26. Students will learn in stable in-person cohorts, allowing them to preserve individual course loads and schedules this late in the year. 

I will continue pushing for the Fall semester to look as close to normal as possible, as health conditions continue to improve. We are also actively planning summer enrichment opportunities for all families interested in participating.

Safety is, of course, our top priority. All students and staff will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their return to campus, and regular COVID testing will be provided thereafter. To ensure the safest environment possible for everyone returning to campus, the District has already invested more than $120 million on new safety measures, including upgrading air-filtration systems, procuring adequate stocks of PPE and disinfecting supplies, and adding extra custodial staff. Every air filter on every campus has been replaced with the equivalent of an N95 mask. Masks and social distancing protocols will be in place for students, staff, and visitors at schools, and schools will use outdoor learning environments where appropriate to ensure safety. 

I recently visited a few schools across my district to see these protocols and safety measures firsthand, including Warner Elementary in Westwood. Campuses are ready and staff is prepared and eager to have students back at school. 

The process of reopening a district as large and diverse as LA Unified is especially complex, and won’t be perfect. But we will continue to navigate challenges and push forward, just like we did when transitioning nearly overnight to distance learning for more than half a million teachers and students, procuring more than 200,000 devices and hotspots to give every student access to virtual classrooms, and distributing over 110 million meals and necessities to the kids and families who rely on their school as part of the social safety net over the past year. 

I deeply appreciate everyone who has fought to keep our kids healthy and learning. We will continue to learn, adapt and overcome any obstacles that emerge — because our kids and families are counting on us.  

You can visit www.boardmembermelvoin.com for more information, follow me on Facebook and Twitter @nickmelvoin for the latest updates, and email BD4info@LAUSD.net with any questions or concerns. 

Related Posts

UCLA Helps Kick off New School Year With Block Party in Westwood

September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

The annual event brings students into the neighboring village, forging a connection that lasts throughout their time as Bruins By...

Pair Charged With Hate Crime For Attack Outside Beverly Grove Sushi Restaurant

September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

Two men were charged today for an assault outside a sushi restaurant earlier this year By Chad Winthrop Two men...

UCLA Receives $13 Million Contract to Expand COVID-19 Testing

September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

SwabSeq kits are already available in vending machines for free self-testing by campus community By Elaine Schmidt/UCLA Newsroom A new...

Is Cash Coming Back for the Big Blue Bus?

September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Santa Monica City Council discusses possibility of restoring cash service for buses  By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica lawmakers recently discussed...

UCLA Study Suggests Nearly Half of LGBT Renters Behind on Rent Fear Eviction Within 2 Months

September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

UCLA study sheds light on concerning issue  By Susan Payne According to a recent UCLA study, nearly half of the...

Suspects Sought for Targeting Elderly Women in Jewelry Thefts

September 16, 2021

September 16, 2021

Police searching for two suspects wanted in connection to series of grand thefts  By Chad Winthrop Police are searching for...

Veteran Killed in Stabbing at Encampment Alongside West Los Angeles VA

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

Wednesday morning incident under investigation    By Sam Catanzaro A homicide investigation is underway following a stabbing at a homeless encampment...

Beverly Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Obtaining and Gambling Away $9M in COVID-Relief Loans, Some of Which Was Gambled Away

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

Andrew Marnell pleads guilty to one count of bank fraud  By Chad Winthrop A West Los Angeles man pleaded guilty...

Vaccine and Mask Mandates for Santa Monica College In-Person Classes this Fall

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

As Santa Monica College returns for the fall semester new protocols are in place, learn about campus capacity, vaccine and...

Students Helping Students Level Up Their Education Resources

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

Level Up LA is a Westside based organization started by high school students at Pali High to help provide essential...

UCLA Ranked No. 1 Public University for Fifth Straight Year

September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

U.S. News & World Report releases annual rankings By Chad Winthrop UCLA has again been named the nation’s top public...

Auditions Open for HVS Conservatory’s Inaugural Vocal Program

September 5, 2021

September 5, 2021

Hollywood Vocal Studios and Adreana Gonzalez are proud to announce the founding of Hollywood Vocal Studios (HVS) Conservatory—a post-secondary school...

West L.A. Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Running Massive Telemarketing Scheme that Targeted Charities

September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021

A West Los Angeles man was sentenced last week to 48 months in federal prison – plus an additional 28...

Police Seek Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Sleeping UCLA Student

September 2, 2021

September 2, 2021

Police are searching for a man wanted for sexually assaulting a female UCLA student while she slept. According to the...