About 130,000 LAUSD students are absent from class during first days back
About one-third of Los Angeles Unified students — approximately 130,000 — have been absent from school during the first days back from winter break, ushering in another chapter of pandemic disruption in the nation's second-largest school system. ...
Regardless of who/what people want to blame, I have to imagine that we're gonna see some far-reaching implications with this generation.
Losing 2-3+ years of "real" education and social interaction at such a critical age will be devastating. We were already one of the worst-performing first world countries when it comes to K-12 education, and a lot of major cities were struggling with <20% student literacy rates even before COVID
This is why I don’t blame politicians for handling the pandemic poorly. You’ve got people screaming to reopen the schools while at the same time have a situation where 130k kids are gonna be out. There’s no actual good solution to be had.
I realize there's no "good" option here but ya'll need to face some VERY sobering facts. Private Schools have been closed far less, and even during remote the engagement was way higher. What I'm saying is the gap between students of color and their wealthier white/asian peers is going to grow astronomically because of the pandemic. It's very sad, and it can't be hand waved away with "oh they didn't need algebra anyways." The reality is, we have 9th graders reading at a 4th grade level and barely unable to do arithmetic. This is a HUGE issue.
How can this be? All we've been hearing about is how desperate parents are for their children to return to the classroom, the horrors of remote learning, the psychological damage being done to an entire generation. Who knew there was another side? I guess the news media doesn't go into those neighborhoods.
My cousin said that at her school they are telling the kid with COVID to come in anyway. They have a COVID tent set up for them during lunch time but they are still attending classes. 😬
My sisters son was in direct contact together someone who tested positive. They sent her an email saying the had to quarantine for two weeks but then called her over the phone and told her to still send him in and they will test him every few days.
Welp, going back to school in-person next week should be interesting...
I'm a current senior at a major independent charter high in the SFV. School started yesterday (we are on a similar schedule to LAUSD, and were supposed to go back last Monday.) They told us repeatedly the start was being delayed so they could test everyone (completed on Monday and Tuesday) and they were insisting everyone on campus would have already tested negative after the Winter Holiday where most people had been traveling and / or visiting family. They had been delaying the start due to delays in getting the results back (and the delays were just the same ones everyone's been facing.) Then at the absolute last second on Wednesday night, just so they could bend to the political pressure and reopen, they broke their commitment to everyone and announced they were actually letting people on campus who had not gotten their results back yet anyway (they weren't allowing people who tested positive, but they were allowing people who could potentially test positive.) The school has had a very mediocre at best implementation of safety protocols pretty much ever since they started reopening Spring 2021 and I was not happy with the idea of going while people were still waiting for potentially positive results, especially since I had not received my results yet either. My parents and I made several attempts to address our concerns, and our concerns were ignored and they seemed more concerned about protecting their reputation than actually trying to make people feel safe at school. I actually felt so unsafe I took yesterday off and they did at least excuse the absence. I did get my negative test result yesterday. I went in today and although they haven't given official numbers clearly at least 10 - 15% is absent. I would not be shocked to discover many of the people absent today were there yesterday.
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