The Same Storm, But Different Boats:

the Safe and Equitable Conditions

for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21

UTLA educators are eager to get back to classrooms where they can care for, laugh with, and most importantly, teach our students. But even more than teaching, our job in a pandemic is to keep students and communities safe. The eventual restarting of schools should be primarily about learning, not merely about the economy. Unlike other countries that recognize protecting lives is the key to protecting livelihoods, the United States has chosen to prioritize profits over people. The Trump administration’s attempt to force people to return to work on a large scale depends on restarting schools so parents have childcare.

Learning happens when students feel safe, and safety is only possible in a broader setting of community preparedness, requiring greater federal and state resources to support a strategy of physical distancing in small, isolated groups, with a strong emphasis on hygiene. When politicians exhort educators and other workers to “reignite the economy”, UTLA educators ask: who are you planning to use as kindling? The benefits to restarting schools must outweigh the risks, especially for our most vulnerable students and school communities.

 

 

Five quick facts to keep in mind before we can restart LAUSD schools:

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Some studies raise concerns that children may transmit COVID-19 through two mechanisms: increased contacts/opportunities for transmission; and high viral loads even when asymptomatic. In Cleveland, Ohio, as the state lifted protective measures, more children tested positive for COVID-19 and hospital admissions for children also increased – raising doubt about the myth that children do not get ill from the virus.

Although other countries’ initial school reopenings show extremely low rates of child-parent transmission, North Carolina and Texas identified several clusters at daycare centers.

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In these communities, people are more likely to have “essential” jobs, insufficient health care, higher levels of pre-existing health conditions, and live in crowded housing. Because of the forces of structural racism, Blacks, Latinx, and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County are dying of COVID-19 at twice the rate of white residents.

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As recently as May, the CDC added three new symptoms of coronavirus, adding congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea to the list. In late June, the CDC expanded its list of people at high risk of severe illness In early July, 239 scientists in 32 countries wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization outlining evidence that airborne transmission may be a significant factor in
the pandemic’s spread. On July 8, WHO confirmed that there is “emerging evidence” of airborne transmission. If true, recommended infection control guidance would change dramatically.

And lost amidst the relief at the low mortality rate in children is the distinction between morbidity and mortality. Many young people still experience severe illness, and the rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is still not well understood. A European study found that 13% of children required respiratory support, and that patients younger than one month may be more likely to require intensive care. COVID-19 is now suspected to cause lung, heart, kidney, brain, and clotting complications – and these are just the known immediate effects. The longer-term effects are almost completely unknown. As we discuss best practices, practices may shift or expand as the science shifts and expands.

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Los Angeles County accounted for 40% of new cases in the last two weeks of June, despite being home to only a quarter of the state’s population. Other countries that have reopened schools, such as New Zealand, Vietnam, and Germany, did so only after they had flattened the curve and in a setting of broader societal preparedness including rapid case identification, contact tracing, and isolation. 


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The vast network of busing and commuting results in an extraordinary number of contacts, which undermines social distancing and contact tracing, key methods of pandemic control. An asymptomatic child may bring the virus home to their high-risk grandparents, to their densely populated apartment building, to a parent with an essential job that brings them in contact with hundreds of people.

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Title Address Description
Batiste Poster English
Vermont Ave & W 94th St, Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA

Batiste Poster English
Arlington / Washington, Los Angeles, CA 90018, USA

Blackwell Poster English
W El Segundo Blvd & Berendo Ave, Gardena, CA 90044, USA

Blackwell Poster English
Washington Blvd & S Ridgeley Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA

Griego Poster English
Normandie Ave & W 46th St, Los Angeles, CA 90062, USA

Hinkston Poster English
Crenshaw Blvd & Homeland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90056, USA

Jordan Poster English
Budlong Ave & W Century Blvd, Westmont, CA 90044, USA

Lopez Poster English
Crenshaw Blvd & W 57th St, Los Angeles, CA 90043, USA

Maynard Poster English
W Florence Ave & Menlo Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA

Sinh Poster English
W Pico Blvd & S Crescent Heights Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA

Batiste Poster English
Vanowen St & Platt Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91307, USA

Batiste Poster English
Lassen St & De Soto Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91311, USA

Blackwell Poster English
Roscoe Blvd & Tampa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91324, USA

Blackwell Poster English
Parthenia St & Amigo Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91324, USA

Griego Poster English
Van Nuys Blvd & Hortense St, Los Angeles, CA 91403, USA

Griego Poster English
Vanowen St & Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91406, USA

Griego Poster English
Saticoy St & Oso Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91306, USA

Hinkston Poster English
Canoga Ave & Devonshire St, Los Angeles, CA 91311, USA

Guisela Poster Spanish
Slauson Ave & Carmelita Ave, Maywood, CA 90255, USA

Guisela Poster Spanish
San Fernando / Edward, Los Angeles, CA 90065, USA

Noriko Poster Spanish
Pacific Blvd & E 54th St, Huntington Park, CA 90255, USA

Noriko Poster Spanish
E Vernon Ave & S Soto St, Vernon, CA 90058, USA

Robles Poster Spanish
Atlantic / Santa Ana, Cudahy, CA 90201, USA

Robles Poster Spanish
1481 East 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA

Guisela Poster Spanish
York Blvd & N Ave 45, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

Batiste Poster English
S Western Ave & W 70th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047, USA

Blackwell Poster English
S Avalon Blvd & Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90003, USA

Griego Poster English
S Western Ave & Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90717, USA

Guisela Poster Spanish
Slauson Ave & Compton Ave, Florence-Graham, CA 90011, USA

Hinkston Poster English
Anaheim / Fries, Los Angeles, CA 90744, USA

Jordan Poster English
Crenshaw / 50th, Los Angeles, CA 90043, USA

Lopez Poster English
N Avalon Blvd & W Sandison St, Los Angeles, CA 90744, USA

Maynard Poster English
Vermont Ave & W Lomita Blvd, West Carson, CA 90710, USA

Maynard Poster English
E Lanzit Ave & S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90061, USA

Noriko Poster Spanish
130 W 47th St, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA

Robles Poster Spanish
E 56th St & S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011, USA

Sinh Poster English
Vermont Ave & W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247, USA

Sinh Poster English
San Pedro St & Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90003, USA

Batiste Poster English
W 57th St & S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA

Hinkston Poster English
Balboa Blvd & Nordhoff St, Los Angeles, CA 91325, USA

Hinkston Poster English
Forbes Ave & Saticoy St, Los Angeles, CA 91406, USA

Jordan Poster English
Chatsworth St & Shoshone Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91344, USA

Jordan Poster English
San Fernando Mission Blvd & Woodley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91344, USA

Jordan Poster English
Victory Blvd & Fulton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91401, USA

Lopez Poster English
Sherman Way & Lindley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91335, USA

Lopez Poster English
Roscoe Blvd & Canoga Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91304, USA

Maynard Poster English
Oxnard St & Woodman Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91401, USA

Maynard Poster English
Chatsworth St & Shoshone Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91344, USA

Sinh Poster English
Winnetka Ave & Saticoy St, Los Angeles, CA 91306, USA

Sinh Poster English
Sherman Way & Mason Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91306, USA

Bulletin 1 English
Crenshaw Blvd & W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018, USA

Bulletin 1 Spanish
Imperial Hwy & Vermont Ave, Westmont, CA 90044, USA

Bulletin 2 English
San Vicente Blvd & W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

Bulletin 3 English
Crenshaw Blvd & Homeland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90056, USA

Bulletin 1 English
Roscoe Blvd & De Soto Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91304, USA

Bulletin 2 English
Roscoe Blvd & Topanga Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91304, USA

Bulletin 3 English
Roscoe Blvd & Tampa Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91324, USA

Bulletin 4 English
Vanowen St & Hayvenhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91406, USA

Bulletin 5 English
Devonshire St & Topanga Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91311, USA

Bulletin 1 English
Santa Fe Ave & Firestone Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280, USA

Bulletin 2 English
S Soto St & Bandini Blvd, Vernon, CA 90058, USA

Bulletin 3 English
Slauson & Figueroa St. (CW), Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA

Bulletin 4 English
Fletcher Dr & Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA

Digital Bulletin
Garfield Ave & Firestone Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280, USA
Digital Bulletin
Garfield Ave & Firestone Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280, USA
Bulletin 1 English
S Figueroa St & W Redondo Beach Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90248, USA

Bulletin 2 English
Santa Fe Ave & E Del Amo Blvd, California 90221, USA

Bulletin 2 Spanish
Vermont Ave & W Carson St, West Carson, CA 90502, USA

Bulletin 2 Spanish
Vermont / Martin Luther King Jr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA

Bulletin 3 English
Normandie Ave & Sepulveda Blvd, West Carson, CA 90710, USA

Bulletin 5 English
Frigate Ave & Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90744, USA