We are proud to announce that LAUSD has agreed to all three safety criteria voted by an overwhelming majority of UTLA members (91% yes) as the necessary conditions for a safe return to in-person teaching and learning. These elements are:

  • Full vaccination for school staff. All educators and staff have been prioritized for vaccinations.
  • Returning only when LA County is out of the purple tier. Los Angeles County is moving into the red tier, but will remain vigilant as we monitor community transmission rates.
  • Enforceable safety conditions and protocols at every school, including PPE, physical distancing, improved ventilation, and daily cleaning.

“With all of our key safety protocols met, this agreement reflects a uniform health and safety plan that we can be proud of as educators and that puts us on the path for a safe return, across LAUSD and in all of our schools,” UTLA President Cecily-Myart Cruz says.

The sideletter agreement is the result of weeks of complicated work in bargaining and, most critically, UTLA members’ united stand against a premature return that would have endangered staff, students, and their families. The agreement lays out the conditions that must be met before a physical return, but it does not set an arbitrary date for a return.

“The health and safety agreement locks in concrete, enforceable safety protocols that allow school communities to hold the district accountable for these conditions, as opposed to conditions we may not have control over without an agreement,” UTLA Bargaining Team Chair Arene Inouye says.

The agreement covers hybrid schedules for early education, elementary, and secondary. Winning our three safety demands was imperative to planning a healthy and safe return to school, and we continue to bargain on hybrid models and schedules for adult education, special education, itinerants, and health and human services.

The tentative agreement, which covers the 2020-21 school year only, will be voted on by UTLA members. Dates and details of the ratification vote will be announced later this week.


UTLA-LAUSD Sideletter for Physical Reopening of LAUSD Schools (3-9-21)
Attachment A-Elementary Hybrid Instruction (3-9-21)
Attachment B-Secondary Hybrid Instruction (3-9-21)
Attachment C-EEC Hybrid Instruction (3-9-21)