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Only 7% Of LAUSD High School Students Return To In Person Learning

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Although all schools within Los Angeles Unified have reopened, the vast majority of students are opting to continue remote learning, with the district reporting Monday that just 7% of high schoolers, 12% middle schoolers and 30% of elementary children are back in the classroom.

“Unfortunately, the number of smiling faces we see on playgrounds differs greatly in schools across the Los Angeles area,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday during his weekly address about the almost 650,000 students served by LAUSD schools that were forced to close in March 2020 due to coronavirus. Schools began reopening last month for the school year ending June 11.

Through a parent survey conducted in the spring, the district had anticipated more than twice as many middle and high school students would return. LAUSD implemented extensive district-wide safety measures, regular COVID-19 testing of all students, and vaccines for anyone age 16 and up to accommodate students being back in the classroom. For COVID safety reasons, most instruction for middle and high school students remains online, even for those who attend school in person.

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