Long Beach Unified holds off on applying for in-person classroom waivers

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to allow waivers to offer in-person instruction for a limited number of schools, but the Long Beach Unified School District for now will hold off on applying, said school district spokesman Chris Eftychiou.

The county will allow waivers for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade after the region avoided a post-Labor Day spike in coronavirus cases.

Waivers will be offered for up to 30 schools per week, prioritizing those with the highest number of low-income students who receive free or reduced-price school lunches. 

While Long Beach is not applying for waivers, the district is in the process of establishing in-person instruction for students with disabilities.

The district does not yet have a date for when that program will start, Eftychiou said Wednesday.

The news comes as some parents are pushing for in-person instruction. On Sept. 16, roughly 100 parents and children protested in front of the district office in response to an annulment that the district will stick with distance learning until at least Jan. 28.

City News Service contributed to this report

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].
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