LAUSD, Teachers Union Reach Agreement on Distance Learning
Los Angeles Unified students will attend virtual classes from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. during the 2020-2021 school year under a tentative agreement between the district and United Teachers Los Angeles. The plan must still be voted on by some 30,000 UTLA teachers, as well as the county’s Board of Education.
Students will begin with two days of orientation when the semester begins on Aug. 18. The agreement calls for daily “synchronous" instruction where students will receive a live lesson in small groups through video conferencing. There will also be recorded materials for one-on-one learning.
LAUSD hopes the process of online learning will be more organized and beneficial this time around.
“We have all learned from our experiences with distance learning since March, and we've applied what we learned to this agreement," said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner in a statement.
If and when schools are permitted to return to live instruction, elementary schools will be on an AM-PM schedule while middle and high schools operate on alternating days.