On March 16, when LAUSD schools shuttered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, it was suggested that the closure could last as little as two weeks. Now, it seems that rough projection was extremely optimistic.
On Monday morning, schools superintendent Austin Beutner tweeted a letter to the LAUSD community announcing that schools will remain closed at least through May 1.
“I wish I could tell you it will all be back to normal sometime soon but it does not look like that will be the case,” Beutner wrote.
Beutner’s announcement comes days after Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo recommended the extension of all public school closures though at least Tuesday, May 5, to stop the spread of COVID-19. California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has suspended all statewide standardized testing while ensuring that districts continue to be funded during the shutdown, has said he doesn’t imagine schools will reopen before summer break.
“Boy, I hope I’m wrong, but I believe that to be the case,” Newsom said
During the closure, 60 sites in the district are serving free grab-and-go meals to those in need on a daily basis. See the map below.
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