LAUSD students to get in-person tutoring, assessments

Oct 12, 2020 by

Students who have been struggling with distance learning may soon be able to receive in-person tutoring or assessments, now that the Los Angeles Unified School District has reached agreements with the teachers union to provide the services.

Exactly how students will be selected for the services, or how many will benefit from them, is unclear. A district spokeswoman said Friday, Oct. 9, that details have been delegated to administrators overseeing the district’s 42 Communities of Schools, which are clusters of campuses grouped together by neighborhoods.

The one-on-one afterschool tutoring sessions, each lasting 50 minutes, will be in an outdoor, covered area when practical, though teachers can request to work in a classroom with sufficient air circulation, according to a letter between the district and union outlining the terms of the agreement.

The tutoring, which the district began offering Monday, is part of LAUSD’s Primary Promise initiative to equip every student with literacy, math and critical thinking skills while in elementary, according to the LAUSD spokeswoman.

The district will also begin offering assessments to English learners, students who are or should be in special education or the gifted and talented program, and students in need of other mandatory state or federal assessments.

Additionally, the district and union have agreed to resume limited classroom instruction for certain adult and career education courses that require in-person observations and evaluations. Examples include certain nursing classes, an auto technician course and an aviation course.

According to the agreements, teachers and other district employees represented by the union may voluntarily return to campuses to provide these services, but they cannot be forced to do so nor would they face repercussions should they change their minds about participating later on. Teachers who agree to work beyond their contractual work hours will be paid extra, based on their hourly rate of work.

The agreements also require the district to follow safety protocols set forth by the county health department, including daily sanitation of work spaces. Students and staff must be tested for COVID-19 and be cleared before reporting to campus, and they must undergo daily symptoms screening, remain at least 6 feet apart — and 10 feet when practical — and be provided with personal protective equipment such as face masks, hand sanitizers or a handwashing station.

“We are gratified that we can reach an agreement that supports our most vulnerable students and follows best practices to uphold the health and safety of our school communities,” Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said during her weekly update to union members on Friday.

Source: LAUSD students to get in-person tutoring, assessments – Daily News

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