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Some Students In LA County Districts Started Returning To School This Week. How’s It Going?




Students attend an in-person English class at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the Covid-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021 in Long Beach, California.
Students attend an in-person English class at St. Anthony Catholic High School during the Covid-19 pandemic on March 24, 2021 in Long Beach, California.
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Elementary students in L.A. County’s second-largest school district — Long Beach Unified — started returning to campuses this week. That’s one of several school district reopenings education reporter Kyle Stokes has been tracking.

Long Beach campuses returned students from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade on Monday. Students who don’t choose to remain in distance learning mode will spend two-and-a-half hours with their teacher, either in the morning or afternoon. “The return to in-person classes includes asymptomatic screening for staff and students,” said Superintendent Jill Baker in a video message last week. The Hart Union High School District, which serves Santa Clarita, reopened campuses for blended learning on Monday — with buildings operating at reduced capacity. Glendale Unified students in transitional kindergarten (TK) through second grade will return Monday. Students in third to sixth grade will go back to campuses on April 5. Like in Long Beach, students in Glendale will operate on a “hybrid” schedule. All Downey Unified elementary students will return to campuses on Monday. Today on AirTalk, we check in with officials from some of the districts on how it’s going and what they expect from here. We also want to hear from you. Is your child returning to in-person schooling? What has the experience been like? What are your thoughts and concerns? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

With files from LAist. Read the full story here

Guests:

Jill Baker, superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District, which opened elementary campuses on a hybrid schedule Monday; she tweets @jbaker000

John A. Garcia, superintendent of the Downey Unified School District, which opened campuses on Monday; he tweets  @DowneyUSDSupt