LAUSD parents plan Zoom blackout to protest school closures as other school districts open


LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Department of Health has given the LA Unified School District the green light to resume in-person classes.

But LAUSD, the largest school district in California, has no plans to resume on-campus instruction in the immediate future.

"Scientists have said, experts have said, doctors have said, it's time to open schools. I read today Pasadena has opened schools, Calabasas has opened their schools, many cities are opening their schools. Why is LA County lagging?" said LAUSD parent Betty Gabbaie.

The mother of three school-age children is part of the Facebook group United Parents Los Angeles which is calling for schools to reopen.

"I've had teachers message me saying they are ready, they want to go back," said Gabbaie.

But the school district says it still needs its staff and teachers to be vaccinated before it can move forward with having students return to in-person lessons. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said he wants to focus on vaccines in communities that are most impacted by the coronavirus.

"Why aren't we vaccinating them today. It would take less than 1% of the doses coming to the state of California over the next two weeks to reopen all of our elementary school classes," said Beutner.

Parent frustration is growing over what they see as another delay tactic by the school district as it struggles to come to an agreement with the United Teachers Los Angeles union. The teachers union is opposed to reopening schools out of concern for staff and student health and safety.... (Read more)

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