Rally goers demand that LAUSD schools not reopen until more safety measures in place

Students, parents, educators and community members rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 20, to demand that schools not reopen amid the pandemic until stronger safety measures are in place. The event featured a mid-morning car caravan rally that began outside the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and ended at the Ronald Reagan State Building.

Participants demanded access to COVID-19 vaccines for all school employees, smaller class sizes to ensure social distancing, and proper sanitation and personal protective equipment before schools reopen. They also want communities in every zip code served by the Los Angeles Unified School District to advance out of the purple tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system before in-person classes resume. Rally goers also demanded immediate investments to improve ongoing distance learning.

The event was organized by Students Deserve, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, East Side Padres Contra Privatization, Reclaim Our Schools Los Angeles and United Teachers Los Angeles.

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