Los Angeles Elementary Schools Seeking a Reopening Waiver Must Have Union Support, County Says

L.A. Unified elementary schools that wish to seek a waiver from the state’s new school reopening restrictions must get the ok from parent organizations and teachers unions, according to county health officials.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that a school cannot reopen unless its county remains off the state’s watchlist for a period of 14 days. However, elementary schools can apply for a waiver through their public health officer.

The news that this would require a letter of support from organized labor in L.A. County did not sit well with everyone.

Supt. Alex Cherniss of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District told the Los Angeles Times that the requirement “seems outside of the scope of their responsibility and veers off from science to politics. It would not only pit parents, teachers and school districts against each other, but it would also create an unfair ability for private schools.” 


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