CDC suggests possible restart of in-person classes. LAUSD doesn’t see that happening soon

Canyon Charter Elementary in Santa Monica offers COVID-19 testing for all students. Photo by Brian Hardzinski/KCRW

The Centers for Disease Control released a new study that shows little spread of COVID if masks, social distancing and proper sanitation are enforced. Schools would still have to limit indoor athletics and extracurricular activities.  

But this week, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner argued that teachers and other school staff must be vaccinated so in-person classes can resume sooner. The LA teachers union says they can’t return to in-person learning until community spread also drops. The two announcements mean the majority of LAUSD’s 600,000 students may not return to school at all this academic year.