Please watch this video I posted this morning on my Facebook Page from the steps of City Hall where thousands of teachers & supporters were gathered behind me preparing to march to the UTLA headquarters on this first day of the Los Angeles Unified School District strike.
As I pointed out in the video, we know the teachers need better pay, more money for counselors, nurses and librarians, plus a reduction in standardized testing and promises of smaller class sizes. LAUSD has been clear they do not have the funds to meet all of the demands. But status quo hasn't been working for a long time. Here’s to a quick and just negotiation.
While we don’t know how long the strike may last, I want to be sure to make you aware of the resources and services being offered at this time.
The Los Angeles Police Department deployed officers to each of the 369 elementary schools throughout the City beginning at 7:00 a.m. this morning. LAUSD Police will have responsibility for middle and high schools. We are working very closely with the LAUSD Police, California Highway Patrol, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as City Fire.
A special note to LAUSD parents:
During the strike, the City will keep 32 recreation centers open for extended hours (in CD5, Pointsettia Park has room for up to 100 students) with additional staffing, lunch, and programming focused on elementary-aged children, such as arts and crafts and sports/fitness activities, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on regular school days. Parents planning to take their children to one of these sites must complete this registration form (también en español) and submit it at the recreation center upon arrival. Free lunch for children will be provided at these centers.
Metro and L.A. City DASH and Commuter Express will work to ease transportation concerns for families for the duration of a strike by offering free rides to L.A. Unified students with school ID from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
LAPD is coordinating with the Department of Recreation and Parks, public libraries, and other City departments to make sure added security is available during the event of a strike.
Mayor Garcetti has encouraged City Departments to provide flexibility to affected employees, urging general managers to work closely with staff to better understand and accommodate workers’ child care needs. The Mayor’s Office has contacted some of L.A.’s largest private-sector employers to urge the preparation of similar plans.
Public libraries will offer additional staffing, learning resources — such as STEAM exercises and educational workshops — and programming focused on middle and high school-aged Angelenos. Also, in or near our district please note that several museums have waived their admission fees during the strike.
La Brea Tar Pits - Free admission for all LA Unified students and LA Unified chaperones. On-site, grade-appropriate, self-guided activities and lesson plans for pick-up at both museums by chaperones upon arrival. (Monday - Friday)
Petersen Automotive Museum - Free admission for all middle or high school students with LA Unified ID. A sign-in sheet will be available for elementary school students with no ID. The Petersen’s Discovery Center will offer crafts daily during the event of a strike. A parent or guardian must be present with students age 13 and under. (Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Museum of Tolerance - Free admission for all LA Unified middle and high school students. (Monday - Thursday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, 10:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.)
More information about resources and services can be found at LAMayor.org/StudentsAndFamilies and by dialing 311.
Para más información sobre recursos y servicios, visite la página LAMayor.org/EstudiantesyFamilias o llame al 311.
Councilmember Paul Koretz