FAQs from Preparations for School Reopening Virtual Town Hall

When will schools reopen?

Schools will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. The District has already implemented necessary health practices and protocols in schools in preparation for reopening such as upgrading air filtration systems, reconfiguring classrooms to maintain social distance and creating a school-based COVID-19 testing and contract tracing program. Two remaining factors will determine school opening: the rate of community spread in LA County, and vaccinations for school staff. The rate of community spread has reached levels where it will be possible for the District to open elementary schools and early education centers but needs to drop further before we can open middle and high schools. Many school staff still need to be vaccinated, however. Once school principals, teachers, bus drivers, custodians, and librarians are vaccinated, we will be ready to reopen our elementary schools.

Will certain schools open before others?

We are continuously evaluating plans to reopen schools based upon when it is safe to do so. These plans include options to gradually open starting with Elementary schools and Early Education Centers and scaling up the grade levels. At this time, these plans have not been finalized.

Will childcare centers open before schools?

Yes. 275 District-operated childcare sites will open on Thursday, March 4. The District will attempt to fill every seat, starting with students experiencing homelessness and foster youth and middle and high school students. Also starting on March 4, schools will also be offering voluntary in-person services for students with special needs, tutoring and assessments, and athletic conditioning in small, consistent cohorts.

Will students be vaccinated?

Currently, available vaccines for COVID-19 are only approved for 16 and older. The District does not have any current plans to vaccinate students.

Will there still be an online only option for families that don’t want to send their students back to school campuses?

Yes. The two models for instruction that will be available for families to select for their students will be the Hybrid Model and Online Only. In the Hybrid Model, students participate in a mix of on-campus, in-person instruction and online learning. At all grade levels, students remain in consistent cohorts, meaning they stay with the same students each day. The times when students will be on campus will vary by grade. In the Online Only Model, students will continue to learn exclusively online, similar to how we began the 2020-2021 school year.