The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union continues to force students to wear masks at school despite the expiration of the March 11 county mask mandate.
California has lifted the statewide mandate.
However, the union insisted that students must wear masks because of the bargain they reached with the county.
The district said in a statement that it was still “working with labor partners and other stakeholders” to move away from mandatory masking.
“Los Angeles Unified needs to recognize where we are in our district and with the health of our school community,” the district said in a statement. “The science that currently informs on-ramps in protective protocols that have ensured the well-being of our students and workforce needs to inform off-ramps as well as improve health conditions.”
Please see the following conversation with Los Angeles Unified Medical Director and Health Partners: https://t.co/mCFHRG2406 (2/2)
– Los Angeles Unified (@LASchools) March 12, 2022
The Los Angeles Daily News reports, “Before noon, United Teachers met in Los Angeles to discuss health-and-safety protocols at the request of the district, according to the district teachers’ union. The district cannot raise its indoor masking mandate without bargaining with UTLA, with which it has an agreement.
“UTLA did not issue a counter-proposal today, but a follow-up session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16,” UTLA said in a statement after the meeting.
Wrote Nick Melvin, vice president of the school board Twitter That masking is still needed.
This is not a clear update. What it should have said is that indoor masking is still needed but they are working on it. Disappointing around and I will continue to support getting aligned with the county guidelines as soon as possible. https://t.co/FkqOrcuOqu
– নিকnickmelvoin March 12, 2022
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