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Public, faith-based schools in Los Angeles call for return to in-person learning

Students at St. Paul School in Los Angeles pose for a picture during Catholic Schools Week in 2018.

A group of public, private, and faith-based school officials, as well as physicians and parents, are arguing for a return to in-person learning in Los Angeles schools after seven months of only virtual instruction.

The Students First coalition argues that safe in-person learning is possible during the coronavirus pandemic with proper protocols in place. The group also argues that keeping schools closed disenfranchises the poor and treats schools differently than other businesses, like restaurants and day cares, which have been allowed to reopen.

“We are urging our County Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Health to put Students First by creating a pathway to safely reopen schools,” the group said in a statement.

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