LA families are suing for COVID-19 school closure
The parents are suing a Los Angeles school district and its teachers’ union, claiming they are creating social distance.
Families have filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and its Teachers Union (UTLA) for continued school closings during the coronavirus pandemic. They claim that their children “suffered emotionally and academically from the inability to be in the classroom”.
The lawsuit states: “There is no reason plaintiffs’ children endure shorter school days with limited class hours and / or two or three days a week on distance learning models on campus, while other similarly located students across California – and even in Los Angeles County – enjoy a full face-to-face study schedule five days a week. LAUSD school children and their families suffer irreparable damage. “
The assault suit is a US premiere, according to Timothy Snowball, a Freedom Foundation attorney who is representing the parents on their case. He said, “The scientific consensus is clear, schools can reopen. Children like our clients in this lawsuit have suffered needlessly from UTLA’s political demands that have absolutely nothing to do with the health and safety of any teacher or student. “
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A mother, identified only by her initials as Plaintiff “CP”, said her five-year-old son had gone back in the midst of school closings, stating, “The whole year has been horrific. All of the distance learning is so awful. She added: “I am a liberal democrat, I am in a union. The moment I was peacefully advocating my child’s education, they called me a white supremacist. About her son: “He didn’t meet his teacher, he never set foot on campus, and all he knows is that zoom. We made it. We responded to it with a great attitude and just every day he had breakdowns and tantrums and didn’t want to do it. He was a somewhat social kid, and it led to a regression where he was not social. “
Snowball said, “The children in this lawsuit were all outgoing children; They were all socially active. They have evolved from socially active, well-adjusted children to, in many cases, isolated, computer-dependent bedrooms. In one instance, one of our client’s children from a theatrical arts program and an open-minded kid went on to commit suicide and was locked in his bedroom that was dependent on his computer. “
“I don’t think they realize that we feel abandoned,” said CP. “Many of us involved in the reopening were the same parents who stood with them in the rain two years ago when they were on strike.”
However, not all parents agree with the lawsuit, especially when the school year is so close to the end of the school year.
Parent Maggie Pulley, whose sixth grader is on the hybrid model at Girls Academic Leadership Academy in Mid-Wilshire, said the district’s plans are not ideal, but “I don’t think a lawsuit should reopen this school year by pushing so few Weeks left is well worth the effort. My main focus is getting kids back to school all day in the fall. I would also like to see the summer school get involved. “
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