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Superintendent Beutner Update, Monday, September 14
Posted 9/14/20

Superintendent Austin Beutner gave a weekly update this morning.

In his update, Mr. Beutner shared the following:

  • LAUSD has provided nearly 60 million meals and 8 million items including diapers and baby supplies, athletic and recreational items, clothes, books, and headphones
  • Government services play a critical role in supporting families. Completing the census will ensure California families get a fair share of these funds. Go to 2020Census.gov by September 30th to complete the questionnaire if you have not already
  • Back-to-school gatherings are happening via Zoom
  • 98% of students are engaged with their school community
  • LAUSD will be making fewer changes based on enrollment, which will result in more stability and smaller class sizes
  • LA County is in the highest risk category for Coronavirus, which is characterized as "widespread"
  • The return-to-school plan includes state-of-the-art health practices at school, testing for students, staff, and family members, and the ability to notify and isolate members of the school community who may have come in contact with the virus
  • Testing is underway; 5,000 staff members and their children were tested last week. They expect to get up to 20,000 people per day being tested soon, and eventually to get to 40,000
  • The initial positive rate was .1% (5 people)
  • Their plan is to contact directly anyone who tests positive or may have come in contact with the individual in their school cohort. They will also inform all in a school community about an occurrence at their school
  • Over the next few weeks, all staff and students will be provided with an initial baseline test. When we are closer to returning to school, there will be a second baseline test
  • We will return to school when it's safe to do so
  • Began offering care for the children of essential workers and will also begin offering one-on-one tutoring for those who need it most

Watch the video.