LAUSD will provide athletics lessons and in-person small-group classes
LOS ANGELES, CA – As campuses remain closed to most Los Angeles Unified students, district officials on Monday announced plans to provide in-person instruction to small groups of the most needy students as well as a outdoor conditioning for athletes.
“While educators in schools do their best to help students continue to learn online, we know that the best learning takes place in schools,” said Austin Beutner, superintendent of LAUSD. “And for certain types of students – early childhood students, students learning English, students with differences and disabilities and those struggling before schools closed – school absence made the challenges even greater. “
So, until all students are back in school, the superintendent said the district will this week expand its offering for high need families with one-on-one and small-group support, from TK to family. Grade 12, with up to three students in a group, under strict health practices.
This is an effort to tackle low attendance in virtual classrooms and the higher number of students with failing grades, especially among students with high needs, Beutner said.
“Attendance figures and interim evaluations do not reflect the efforts of educators. Principals, teachers and everyone in schools are working hard. Amazing things are happening in classrooms,” he said. he declared. “But the simple fact is that some students struggle online. It’s not their fault, their family’s fault, or their teacher’s fault. Students need to be in a school where they can learn better.”
United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing teachers in the district, announced earlier this month an agreement allowing instructors to voluntarily provide one-to-one lessons, student assessments and targeted adult education classes. Participation in these programs is strictly voluntary, and it is not known how many teachers have agreed to do so.
The district also plans to conduct assessments and offer small group instruction for special education students; begin outdoor physical conditioning for cohorts of student athletes; and providing additional support to homeless people, host families and other students with high needs. These programs are scheduled to start on Monday, November 9.
These services will complement ongoing efforts to provide child care for the children of teachers and school staff.
And, Los Angeles Unified will also continue to provide meals – having already provided more than 74 million meals – as well as diapers, baby supplies, books and other supplies to help families in need.
“Even though the courses remain online, we continue to work to make sure students have the support they need,” Beutner said. “Whether it’s helping a student develop a foundation in literacy and math, or helping an athlete prepare to participate in sports, we strive to meet their unique learning needs and interests. , while protecting the health and safety of everyone in the school community. “
All efforts involving students, teachers, staff and coaches in schools will be conducted in accordance with the highest standard of health practice, Beutner said, including the COVID-19 test of all students and staff.
Yet while Beutner praised local businesses and large corporations – such as Amazon, Verizon, and Microsoft – for helping support LAUSD families in need during the pandemic by providing equipment, sponsoring meals and in helping cover other expenses, he has consistently criticized lawmakers for failing to provide schools with the funding or guidance necessary for a safe reopening of campuses for all students.
“In every other major metropolitan area across the country, cities and counties have joined with school districts in relief efforts like this one. Unfortunately, here in Los Angeles, the county and city governments haven’t helped again. It’s not fair as they share the responsibility and receive significant federal dollars that are intended to be used for programs such as the school-provided food relief effort, “Beutner said during his speech. of Monday, when he also specifically called Governor Gavin Newsom and the state legislature.
“Seven months of absence from schools has a real impact on students. It is time for state and local authorities to work with schools to ensure that students and all who work in schools can return home safely. January. It’s more than two months away, with a clear plan, a coherent commitment and a dedicated goal, it can be done. “
City News Service