LAUSD Resumes With Relaxed COVID Protocols

California’s largest school district resumed classes on Monday without most of the pandemic precautions that families had grown accustomed to. There was no “daily pass” system to verify students’ health. There were no mandatory masks or testing, although students were encouraged to test at home prior to arriving and are still encouraged to mask indoors.

LAUSD has rolled back a series of policies that were meant to contain the spread of COVID-19. The change follows new recommendations from the CDC, which no longer include six-foot distancing or routine testing.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho expressed excitement about the new year and reiterated the need to tackle chronic absenteeism and help students recover from learning loss.

“I’m feeling a great deal of excitement and hope,” Carvalho said. “We’re welcoming 560,000 kids, 24,000 teachers, 73,000 employees — this is the equivalent of waking up the sleeping giant from its summer nap, LAUSD.” 

“You need to have your kids in school,” he added. “Schools are safe, our protocols and protections are in place. Free breakfast, free lunch. Come to school every single day. This is the time. This is the moment.”



Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 02:40

The California Department of Education is dragging its feet on the release of Smarter Balanced test scores for the 2021-2022 academic year, which are expected to show setbacks in math and reading s