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LAUSD families scramble after threat shuts down 1,000-plus schools




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Parents were notified of the LAUSD closures this morning, due to a “credible threat,” not long before school bells were scheduled to ring - leaving hundreds of thousands of families scrambling for childcare.

Some parents were informed of campus closures this morning via cell phone, while others heard of the news on the radio. Zayda Hernandez, like other parents, drove her son to school despite hearing of the closure to ensure that the campus was closed indefinitely.

Children who have already been dropped off at school will be supervised until parents with proper identification return for their children. For parents who are unable to pick up their child, Metro busses and trains will provide free transportation to students with a valid LAUSD identification card until noon.

LAUSD Board president Steve Zimmer asked employers to make accommodations for parents struggling to find care for their kids. Zimmer pleaded, “I want to be very clear: We need cooperation of the whole of Los Angeles today.”

How did the closure impact you? Has the whole of LA come together today?

Have you had to leave work early to return for your student? Has the communication been clear and helpful? Parents with questions or concerns can call the LAUSD hotline at (213) 241-2064 for more information.

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David Tokofsky, former LAUSD board member