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Sunday, October 17, 2021

LAUSD board approves pandemic-era pact with teachers

The Los Angeles Unified School Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, October 12 to ratify an agreement with the teachers union on matters related to quarantine instruction, COVID-19 health and safety measures and employee compensation.

The agreement paves the way for more teachers to be redeployed to the City of Angels, the district’s online independent study program. The program suffers from a severe shortage of staff, as a record number of students have opted to remain in distance learning this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Before reaching an agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles, a district policy called for teachers to home-quarantine elementary students, or for middle and high school students to take their classes throughout the school day for the entire class period. Required to allow live online access in But the agreement requires teachers to provide only online access for half the time.

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Additionally, the amount of actual interactions with students who are quarantined online will depend on the teacher, who will also personally instruct and supervise the students at the same time.

The deal requires all students and staff on campus to continue testing the rest of the semester with COVID-19 weekly and for everyone at school to wear masks indoors and out until at least December 1.

In addition, the agreement gives all UTLA members a 5% increase retroactive to July 1, while eligible employees will receive a stipend of up to $2,500 for additional work required of them under the contract and done while working from home at previous school. year as a reimbursement of technology expenses. Meanwhile, school nurses will receive a $5,000 retention stipend spread over three years.

UTLA has already ratified the agreement.

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