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California now under “shelter at home” protocols

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. 

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No Resource Centers; 60 Grab-and-Go Food Distribution Centers

Following new national, state, and local guidelines for containing the COVID-19 virus, LAUSD will not be opening the 40 Family Resource Centers. However, there will be 60 grab-and-go food distribution centers that will be open from 7 am to 10 am, starting on Wednesday. 

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Help needed at Resource Centers

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.  

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BREAKING: LAUSD schools closed as of Monday

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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UTLA Statement on the Proactive Closure Of LAUSD Schools

Coronavirus COVID-19 is a pandemic; a health crisis unlike anything we have ever seen. While there are no identified or known cases connected to LAUSD schools, the nature of the exponential spread of the virus and what we’ve learned from other states and countries around the world, means we cannot take half measures in this moment.   Therefore, we are calling on LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner to proactively close all public and charter schools within LAUSD.

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Bernie Sanders weighs in on LAUSD School Board race; officially endorses Patricia Castellanos

Los Angeles — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today weighed in on the LAUSD School Board election in a tweet shared with his 10 million followers. Bernie said: “Right now, the charter industry is working overtime to buy the local school board race in Los Angeles in an attempt to privatize public schools. I stand with UTLA in their fight against privatization and for more investment in public education.” Bernie went on to officially endorse Patricia Castellanos in the heated battle for District 7.

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UTLA Coronavirus Statement

UTLA is monitoring recent developments regarding the Coronavirus (known as COVID-19). UTLA and LAUSD officials are meeting this week to discuss response protocols and contingencies to prepare our schools in the event of an outbreak. 

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UTLA internal election results

Cecily Myart-Cruz has been elected president of UTLA. She is the first biracial Black woman elected to lead the union in its 50-year history. Ballots for the UTLA citywide elections were counted at UTLA headquarters today.