LAUSD board approves labor take care of academics for Fall campus instruction – Every day Information

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved a labor agreement on Tuesday, June 22, with its teachers union for a return to traditional in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year.

The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, announced Thursday that after three days of voting, its membership overwhelming approved the proposed agreement, with 94% voting in favor.

Without comment, the school board approved the pact unanimously on Tuesday.

“With the approval of this agreement, schools across Los Angeles will have critical COVID safety protocols in place when we welcome students back to the joys of full-time in-person learning,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said last week.

“The pandemic has challenged students, families and educators in ways unimaginable, but it has also triggered innovation and taught us lasting lessons about the power of public education to heal. Educators are committed to meeting our students where they are and creating the healthy, healing, equitable schools that our students and their families deserve.”

The deal between the union and district includes standards for continued COVID-19 testing, mask-wearing and other safety protocols.

Superintendent Austin Beutner sent a letter to district employees June 10 saying the district’s goal is to educate students “in the safest possible environment, and we’re giving schools the resources to make this happen.”

Beutner said teachers were being added at all campuses, and the district “will not be displacing any teachers at school sites this coming school year.”

“Teachers will be able to remain at their current schools, and students, school staff and families will all benefit,” he wrote. “This continuity at schools will help to reinforce a sense of community while providing the best possible academic foundation for students.

“We have agreements in place with all of our labor partners for the 2021-2022 school year which reflect a renewed sense of trust and collaboration to help in the work that lies ahead. We are proud of the extraordinary things accomplished this past year and appreciate your tireless efforts which have made them possible.”

Beutner announced weeks ago that in-person, on-campus instruction would be offered to all students in the fall, although an online option will remain for those who are unable or choose not to return to the classroom.

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