Disparities in Students’ Return to Classrooms in the Los Angeles Unified School District

The superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District Austin Beutner said via his weekly video briefing to the school community that there is disparity in the return of students to the physical classroom.

He cited that in the affluent community, elementary schools have higher in-person enrollment when compared to low-income communities. In high schools the turnout is opposite: low-income communities have a higher in-person turnout in enrollment when compared to that of the affluent communities.

At the high school level, COVID-19 safety protocols have kept most instruction on-line, even for those who attend in person.

Beutner stressed in his briefing the extensive safety measures taken, the massive coronavirus testing programs, and the commitment to make vaccinations available.