More than 130,000 students stopped attending school in Los Angeles due to Omicron

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Around 130,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were absent from school during the first days of returning from winter break, due to the wave of cases of COVID-19, powered by variant Omicron.

Last Tuesday, students and staff in LAUSD, the second largest school district in the United States, were due to return to class.

But the coronavirus pandemic has prevented some 130,000 currently enrolled students from applyingThe Los Angeles Times reported this Friday.

In addition to student absences, have also missed teachers and employees to schools, so office administrators and substitute teachers have had to work in classrooms.

Alberto Carvalho, LAUSD’s new superintendent said at an event Friday that all District schools are open and parents will continue to be informed that Los Angeles schools are safe.

β€œThey are safe places due to the protection measures that exist here. Parents need to understand that, they need to take their children to school.” warned Carvalho in statements collected by the newspaper.

The problems with the return were seen to come after more than 60,000 positive cases were reported among students and employees a day before the return.

LAUSD last week ordered students and staff to take mandatory COVID testing before returning to school after winter break.

As of Monday afternoon, 424,230 students and employees had been tested for COVID-19. The result was not very encouraging, as 65,630 tested positive.

On Tuesday, when schools reopened, 17% of students and 15% of staff tested positive. For Thursday the positives were 15.6% among students and 13.3% for workers.

LAUSD has developed an ambitious coronavirus testing system with more than 500,000 tests required each week.

Los Angeles is experiencing a surge of COVID cases fueled by the Omicron variant, and this Friday the county health authorities reported that 40,535 new cases and 48 deaths were counted on Friday and the day before 45,076 new cases and 45 deaths were counted, and that 4,257 people remain hospitalized for this cause.

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