The union representing Los Angeles Unified Teachers told its members that it will meet with district representatives on Friday, November 19, to discuss the recent announcement that the district will take some COVID-19 health measures next semester. and is planning to ease security measures. New case rates fall and vaccination rates rise – along with the fact that most students 12 and older on all staff and campuses will be fully vaccinated by then.
But with a potential winter surge in cases, especially when people attend family gatherings or travel over the next several weeks, United Teachers Los Angeles wants the district to hold off on any major changes until this time. An analysis on the potential effects of such leave is not complete. activities.
The UTLA wrote in an update to its members, “We ask the district to delay any major changes, pending full information on current infection and transmission rates and an analysis of the potential impact of the upcoming holiday on the COVID level in the community.” calling for.” ,
“While the COVID positivity rate is generally declining and the incidence of school transmissions has been low, travel and family gatherings are expected to reach pre-pandemic levels in November and December, and work through the effects of a potential winter boom. Time is required to do so. ,” the email went on to say.
The protocols that district administrators changed in January include:
-Only non-vaccinated students need to continue with weekly COVID-19 tests. This semester, all staff and students on campuses, regardless of vaccination status, are required to undergo weekly tests.
Allowing students to take out their masks in schools with at least 85% vaccination rates. This means all high schools, many middle schools and some elementary campuses will be able to allow students to take off their masks while outside.
– Preventing unvaccinated students from attending school in person if they have close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus. Instead, if an unvaccinated student shows no symptoms and close contact was not part of a viral outbreak, they can continue to show up to class in person under a “modified quarantine” scenario in line with county guidelines.
The announcement about protocol changes made during Tuesday’s school board meeting received a mixed response from a local advocacy group.
Teachers Supporting Parents – whose members include both parents and teachers – said the group supports most of the planned changes, wanting the district to reconsider its current plan so that the first week already Unvaccinated students participate in a baseline COVID-19 test. Winter vacation.
The group’s co-founders, Jenna Schwartz and Nicole Pfefferman, said parent-support teachers want all students, regardless of vaccination status, to participate in baseline testing.
“Give us a chance to know where we stand with COVID by testing all students and staff regardless of vaccinations,” he said in a statement. “We follow the science, which means we know that success cases do happen, and our vaccinated students and staff may not have families at home. The goal is to get all kids back to school, so let’s Help them feel as safe as possible.”