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Dangerous COVID-19 surge leads to hard shutdown of L.A. public schools

Howard Blume, LA Times |

Prospects for reopening campuses this school year dimmed Monday for hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles students with the hard shutdown of all in-person tutoring and special services amid a dangerous coronavirus surge — and officials declining to estimate when children could return to classrooms.

The decision by the nation’s second-largest school district stands to intensify an impassioned debate over the safety of operating schools that divides parents, educators and experts. Throughout California, school districts are responding differently.

Siding with L.A. Unified was California Federation of Teachers President Jeff Freitas. But also on Monday, the Los Angeles-adjacent Torrance and Las Virgenes districts were welcoming back many students.

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