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Compton Unified Board of Trustees Suspends In-Person Instruction in Response to Rising COVID Cases in LA County
By Sentinel News Service
Published January 13, 2021

CUSD Reaches an Agreement with Compton Education Association to Allow Teachers the Option of Providing Instruction from their Classroom or Primary Residence 

Empty School Classroom (IStock)

Under guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health and in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the County, the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees today announced that it will suspend all in person class instruction effective Tuesday, January 19,, 2021 through February 5, 2021. As a result, all Compton Unified Students will receive instruction entirely virtually.

“This decision is one rooted in recognition that it is in the best interest of the wellbeing of staff and students that we do not have on-campus instruction happening in any form at this time,” said Superintendent Darin Brawley. “Whether in person or at a distance, the District is committed to ensuring that we provide the best education and educational support possible to all of our students. As such, we will be intently focusing our efforts to ensure that on behalf of our students.”

 Superintendent Darin Brawley (File Photo)

The District currently has students participating in on-campus learning cohorts who belong to priority groups for whom distance learning has been especially difficult. These populations include students in Special Education programs, English Language Learners, and other student groups requiring specialized support.

“This was a difficult decision to consider in light of the fact that, for many of our students, distance learning has been particularly challenging. However, this pause in on-campus instruction is the best response to slow the rise in COVID cases, COVID-related deaths, and hospitalizations that has devastated our Compton community,” said President Micah Ali.

Micah Ali (File Photo)

As a part of the District’s preparation for transitioning back to distance learning the Special Education, English Language Learner, and other student groups requiring specialized support, the District has reached an agreement with Compton Education Association (CEA).

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Some of the key provisions of the agreement are below.

  • Allows for teachers to provide instruction from a school site classroom or their primary home residence.
  • Maintains the existing instruction schedule.
  • Provide necessary accommodations with students with special needs.
  • Ensures timely and regular communications with parents/guardians regarding student progress.

The district will continue to monitor the pandemic and work with local and state agencies during the pause in in-person instruction and keep parents/guardians informed on efforts to safely return to in-person instruction.

 

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