LA School District Tests Hundreds of Thousands of People For COVID-19
Most students in Southern California are learning remotely during the pandemic.
“Doing social distance education has been a challenge to figure out what we would be doing in-person, only online,” said student Timothy Burns.
But Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent, Austin Beutner, said Monday the goal is to get kids safely back to school.
“There’s simply no safe way to re-open schools with COVID-19 at current levels,” said Beutner. “An important element of getting kids back on campus is the COVID-19 testing program we’re implementing at schools now.”
The district has tested over 150,000 people, which is the largest school-based effort of its kind.
“The past week has been sobering, as the level of COVID-19 has risen dramatically,” added Beutner. “With the number of cases in the LA area more than doubling in the past two weeks.”
The school district said before kids can learn on campus, it is important for parents to learn all the options of learning moving forward.
“Our goal is to inform parents so they can make a decision on what to do with their student: go back to in-person learning or remain online,” said Beutner.