LAUSD: Rigorous COVID testing, thousands of kids sent home

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COVID regulation signs are displayed outside Montara Avenue Elementary School on the first day of school, August 16, 2021. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

During the first week of LAUSD’s new semester, about 6500 students were sent home because they tested positive for COVID-19 or were around someone who tested positive. That’s roughly one in every 70 students. Some parents are applauding the rigorous testing and contact tracing, but others call it overboard and disruptive to education.