Dispute between LAUSD and teachers over online learning keeps parents in limbo

With the Aug. 18 start of the school year fast approaching, parents and students face uncertainty over how online instruction will be conducted as the Los Angeles teachers union and district officials haggle over distance learning rules and schedules.

The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, has announced that it opposes a proposal under which teachers would have to instruct students remotely from their empty classrooms while working an 8:30 a.m.-to-3 p.m. schedule that would closely mirror a traditional school day.

Union leaders say forcing teachers to return to campus — even without students — would pose unnecessary health risks and would not provide the best approach to helping students learn.

“The district’s attempt to force staff back to school sites is out of step with the raging pandemic around us,” UTLA bargaining team co-chair Arlene Inouye said in a statement. “We urge the district to turn away from unsafe directives and toward ideas that will truly support our students.”Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-29/teachers-union-and-lausd-at-odds-over-rules-for-teaching-in-fall?utm_source=sfmc_100035609&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News+Alert%3a+L.A.+families+in+limbo+as+teachers%2c+school+district+debate+reopening+plans+-+00000173-9c&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.latimes.com%2fcalifornia%2fstory%2f2020-07-29%2fteachers-union-and-lausd-at-odds-over-rules-for-teaching-in-fall&utm_id=10928&sfmc_id=2420175