The number of cases and the positivity rate are lower than the first week of school, which saw 253 students test positive with a positivity rate of 1.2%.
The district’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 1.2%, which is lower than the city’s overall positivity rate of 4.7%, data shows.
The number of kids testing positive represents a small fraction, less than 1%, of the district’s total student population of 68,000, though it’s unclear how many students in the district are vaccinated and therefore not subject to weekly testing.
Thanks to a statewide program resulting from a budget surplus, all 6.2 million K-12 students in California have access to free school lunches this year, including around 70,000 Long Beach Unified School District students
Baker, who became the LBUSD’s first female superintendent in May 2020, has had to navigate the district through a pandemic, a nationwide racial reckoning and budget uncertainties.
Long Beach Unified will offer just one option for parents still leery of sending their kids back to class in the midst of a pandemic—and school officials stressed this week that it’s much different than last year’s virtual classrooms when schools were completely closed.
Superintendent Jill Baker said the decision was made in consultation with the Long Beach Health Department in light of the continued uptick in COVID cases in Long Beach.
The start of the fall semester is two weeks away, and Long Beach Unified officials are gearing up this week to prepare parents for what to expect, while at the same time a protest is planned against vaccine and mask mandates enacted to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Students are not included in the new policy, but all faculty and staff will have to be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID tests when school starts.
Bryant’s books feature Black teenagers in love, the kind of positive stories about Black kids that she wanted to read growing up but couldn’t find.