Letters to the Editor: L.A. teachers will go back to the classroom when they're vaccinated

Cynthia Medrano, a college counselor at LAUSD Charter High School Alliance Marine in the Sun Valley, works from her Woodland Hills home. (Los Angeles times)
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To the Editor: The Times Editorial Board misrepresents the state of online learning in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is very misleading to quote statistics based on a survey conducted in part by the anti-union Educators for Excellence.
The very next day, buried in another article, you reported the results of a survey of United Teachers employees in Los Angeles: about three-quarters of them want to continue learning online.
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Teachers must be vaccinated before we can resume classes. The situation is so bad that even the 9-year-old daughter of the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has coronavirus. Germany had students in class when it had an eighth of the US death rate; Schools were closed again when there were 22,000 COVID-19 deaths nationwide.
It will definitely not be enough to simply change course in schools once we have left the worst transition level. If we want to save lives, we should consider reopening schools as soon as our transmission rate matches that in Germany or when teachers are vaccinated.
Curt Coutin, Long Beach
The author is a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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