Los Angeles, San Diego Schools Won’t Reopen This Fall

California’s two largest school districts will not resume in-person instruction when the fall semester begins next month.

The Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified school districts issued a joint statement on Monday, which reads in part: 

On March 13, four months ago today, we made the difficult decision to close our schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Much has changed since that time: New research is available, additional information on school safety experiences from around the world, and updated health guidelines from state and county leaders.

Unfortunately, much of the research is incomplete and many of the guidelines are vague and contradictory. One fact is clear: those countries that have managed to safely reopen schools have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing available. California has neither. The skyrocketing infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not under control.

Therefore, we are announcing that the new school year will start online only. Instruction will resume on Aug.18 in Los Angeles Unified and Aug. 31 in San Diego Unified, as previously scheduled. Both districts will continue planning for a return to in-person learning during the 2020-21 academic year, as soon as public health conditions allow.

The announcement comes amid an aggressive effort by the federal government to force schools to be fully operational in the fall. It’s an effort that many school districts, teachers, and parents feel is dangerous.