Coronavirus infection rates have risen up to 13.5% among students and staff at the Los Angeles Unified School District, nearly 10-fold since before the winter break, when officials said Friday they are moving forward to safely open classrooms for personal learning on Tuesday .
By Thursday, more than half of the district’s 73,000 employees had submitted test results and about 30% of students, Interim Supt said. Megan Reilly, who visited Cochrane Middle School in Arlington Heights on Friday for the distribution of free test kits made available by the state. On Monday, Reilly demanded that all students and staff provide test results before return to campus, and the district’s coronavirus test sites have been open all week.
“We try to do as much as possible to ensure that we maintain the highest safety standards in our schools,” she said. “We keep our schools safer than the general public. As for me, I want everyone back in school.”
In LA Unified, the nation’s second-largest school system, teachers are scheduled to arrive on campus on Monday and students on Tuesday after a three-week winter break.
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