LA County Schools to Remain Closed Until November

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There are bound to be some disappointed families out there now that LA County officials have decided to hold off on trying to get K-12 kids back in the classroom.
 
The county’s health officer says it will be November at the earliest before K-12 students return to campuses. But they’re going to start right away with bringing back some special needs kids and kids learning English to help those who are in dire need of in-person instruction.
 
LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn says they can study the data to see where they go from there. She thinks there could be as many as 100,000 special needs kids back in classrooms during this pilot program. 
 
A new survey finds that across the country, school districts with a majority of white students are more than three times as likely to reopen classroom instruction as districts with a majority of students of color.
 
The Associated Press--Chalkbeat survey found that the pattern holds steady across cities, small towns and rural areas: the higher a district’s percentage of white students, the more likely it is to offer in-person instruction. Experts say distance-learning students lose access to free meals and other support.