In hopes of engaging more with Los Angeles Unified students and families during distance learning, teachers will provide an additional 20 to 30 minutes of synchronous instruction for grades 1 through 12 on Mondays and hold an extra 30 minutes of office hours Tuesday through Friday of each week starting next semester.

The plan is part of a deal the district struck with the teachers union, which extends the distance learning agreement that the parties had reached last summer through June 30, or whenever students can physically return to school. The agreement was set to expire the end of this month.

“This progress in online instruction reflects the shared learning of all who work in schools about the need to maximize the interaction between teachers and students and their families,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a statement Friday, Dec. 18.  Click here to read more: