Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has announced that the district's campuses will remain closed when classes resume Aug. 18.
He says the "health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise."
Beutner sent a letter to parents on Monday saying "The challenge for schools remains how to strike the right balance between three sometimes conflicting objectives – the learning needs of students, the health and safety of all in the school community and the impact the virus is having on working families.We made the decision to close school facilities before there was any occurrence of the virus at our schools, and this proved to be the right call. Science was our guide then, and it will continue to be. Unfortunately, Covid-19 continues to spread in the Los Angeles area and the virus is going to impact how we start the new school year.While the new school year will begin on August 18th as scheduled, it will not begin with students at school facilities. The health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise."
There was a joint statement from LAUSD and San Diego Unified School District: