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Elementary Schools In LA County Now Cleared To Reopen. What Does That Really Mean?




A public elementary school campus in Los Angeles, California August 17, 2020 one day before the start of the new school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A public elementary school campus in Los Angeles, California August 17, 2020 one day before the start of the new school year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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For the first time in nearly a year, health officials gave the green light to LA County elementary schools to fully reopen. 

Campuses will not immediately reopen in Los Angeles Unified, however. District officials and the teachers union are still in negotiations over what it might look like for students and teachers to head back to campuses for in-person instruction. The decision was made after LA County crossed a key threshold— a seven-day average of daily COVID-19 infections below 25 cases per 100,000 residents.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about what elementary school reopenings might look like. Are you a teacher or a parent? What are your thoughts? We want to hear from you! Give us a call at 866-893-5722 or comment below.

Guests:

Caroline Champlin, KPCC reporter who’s been following this, she tweets @champlin_c

Teri Sorey, president of the Irvine Teachers Association

Ashley Bettas-Alcalá, president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association