Masks and Testing to Continue Under Union’s Tentative Deal With LAUSD
United Teachers Los Angeles reached a tentative agreement with the school district last week for safety protocols for the 2021-22 school year. The plan, which must still be ratified by union members, would last through June 30, 2022.
The agreement calls for coronavirus testing every two weeks at minimum (tests are currently conducted weekly). Staff and students will still be required to wear face coverings even if they have been vaccinated. The masks will be provided by the school. School officials will maintain as much distancing as possible. The district will maintain a public "dashboard" showing all positive COVID-19 cases. There will be mandatory symptom-screening for students, staff, and visitors. Use of MERV 13 filters on ventilation systems will continue. And students who wish to continue distance learning will have the option to do so.
“In our year of pandemic learning, parents and families showed up in new and profound ways to support their children's learning, educators pulled off magic and mastered teaching the curriculum in new ways, and students showed once again just how resilient they are,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in a statement. “As we close out this year, we mourn those we have lost, we uplift the lessons we have learned, and we turn the page forward to in-person learning communities, five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year, unless conditions worsen.”
Read the tentative agreement here.