LAUSD determined to open amid increase in infections; Montebello schools will delay term

Coronavirus infection rates have shot up to 13.5% among students and staff tested this week in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a nearly 10-fold rise since before winter break, as officials said Friday that they are moving forward to safely open classrooms for in-person learning on Tuesday.

The vast majority of Los Angeles County school systems also have determined they can remain open. But Montebello Unified, the county’s third-largest district, will delay reopening by one week. And Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, an independent charter-school network with 3,300 students serving the northeast San Fernando Valley, will return to online learning for two weeks.

Through Thursday, more than half of L.A. Unified’s 73,000 employees had submitted test results and about 30% of students, said interim Supt. Megan Reilly, who visited Cochrane Middle School in Arlington Heights on Friday for the distribution of free test kits provided by the state. On Monday, Reilly required all students and staff to provide test results before returning to campus, and the district’s coronavirus testing sites have been open all week. Click here to read more: