When schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District ultimately return for in-person classes, there won’t be hallways buzzing with students transitioning between classes. Recess will look much different, with kids likely playing by themselves or in small, physically distanced groups. And lunch periods as they’ve been known will likely be a thing of the past, with students eating at their desks instead.
It’s all part of a 43-page document that the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), which oversees the 80 school systems across L.A. County, released on Wednesday morning with guidance for school administrators on what it will take to reopen facilities and resume instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. LACOE held a telebriefing for members of the media earlier today to outline the recommendations and answer questions.
In it are best practices for managing things like recess, lunchtime, class-sizes and generally ensuring that students are practicing social distancing and equipped with the proper personal protective equipment. But reopening won’t come without its challenges, like enforcing physical distancing as students are changing classes or coming and going from school each day and making sure that all students, especially younger ones, are wearing their masks all day long, and all this while faculty, staff and administrators are ensuring that students get the support they need to succeed academically and to feel safe in the school environment.
Today on AirTalk, we check in with KPCC & LAist K-12 education reporter Kyle Stokes, who was on the telebriefing from LACOE this morning, to find out what he learned about county guidance on reopening schools.
For more from the KPCC education team on the county school reopening guidelines, click here.