Last night Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is now under emergency “shelter at home” protocols to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases in the state. On the same day, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles issued their own orders.
Last Thursday, we called for the closure of all schools because of the need to proactively begin social distancing across the city. Our union took leadership and we were successful — with ripple effects across the country. As of now, no UTLA member is reporting to their regular work sites or school sites at least over the next two weeks.
This morning LAUSD announced plans to close all schools in LA Unified as of Monday, March 16, for two weeks. This is the right proactive step to slow the spread of the virus, make sure our hospitals are not overwhelmed, and dramatically reduce fatalities.
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