October 9, 2020News
UTLA has reached agreements with the Los Angeles Unified School District that include health and safety protocols for in-person tutoring, assessments, and targeted adult education classes — all programs that require some level of in-person work.
"We are gratified that we could reach agreements that support our most vulnerable students and follow best practices to uphold the health and safety of our school communities," UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said.
Participation in all three programs will be voluntary. The district is required to follow LA County Department of Health protocols, including daily symptom screening, physical distancing of at least 6 feet (10 feet when practical), daily sanitization of work spaces, and PPE provided for teachers and students. Additionally, all participating members and students must be tested (at a district testing facility or private facility) and cleared before providing or receiving in-person services.
This week UTLA and LAUSD began bargaining on the health, safety, and learning conditions needed for an eventual physical return to schools. UTLA is not advocating for a return at this time, and there is no date to reopen physical campuses.
“We are beginning discussions with the district so that when science tells us that it is safe to return, we will be ready to do so,” Myart-Cruz said. “Schools must not physically reopen until the necessary protocols are in place — including a comprehensive, effective testing and contact tracing program — and until health metrics and public health officials tell us that it is safe.”
ATTACHMENTS: TEXT OF SIDELETTER AGREEMENTS