Some schools could reopen this week with L.A. County set to meet threshold Tuesday; parents rally to demand on-campus learning – KTLA Los Angeles

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Some schools is Los Angeles County could resume on-campus learning as early as this week with the county poised to meet a state threshold for reopening, officials said Monday evening.

On Tuesday, public health officials expect the county to reach the state threshold for reopening schools, an adjusted case rate of 25 per 100,000.

This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students grades TK-6 as early as this week, the health department wrote in a statement.

Schools will still have to submit plans outlining their safety protocols to county and state health officials to get permission to reopen.

Further information is expected to be released by public health director Barbara Ferrer in a Tuesday news briefing that will be livestreamed on KTLA.com.

Earlier Monday morning, a caravan of parents and their children descended on downtown L.A. for a demonstration demanding the immediate reopening of schools.

I want my kid to get an education, parent Susanne Jacobson told KTLA. Hes in eighth grade. Hes not ready for high school next year. He hasnt had an education in a year. Distance learning is not working.

A group called Students First Coalition of Los Angeles organized the car rally outside the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration building, where the L.A. County Board of Supervisors has its office. Participants honked and held posters with messages including, Our kids deserve better. Another poster read, Let me go back to school!

Some protesters emphasized the prolonged closures toll on childrens mental health.

Its actually not OK, kids could get mental breakdowns, I hear some kids get depression from it, said Brody Moos, a fourth-grader.

Remy Moos, whos in third-grade, complained of the discomfort of online school.

My eyes are on the screen too much, and it kind of hurts my brain, the student said.

Coalition leaders spoke to reporters during the rally outside the building.

We represent hundreds, if not thousands of schools here in Los Angeles County who have prepared to reopen our schools safely. And we want the opportunity to open our schools now, said Tom Konjoyan, whos head of the Village Christian School in Sun Valley and founded the coalition.

Earlier this month, the group penned an open letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom saying the states phased reopening framework cannot stand, and that all schools should with proper and appropriate mitigation strategies in place be permitted to open immediately.

According to the group, the missive as of Monday afternoon has been signed by more than 1,600 parents, 82 medical practitioners, 145 private school staffers, 42 private school administrators, 28 public school staffers and one public school administrator.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has also pushed for the state to make reopening schools a priority. On Monday morning, he announced the districts first COVID-19 vaccine site for eligible employees. Beutner again asserted that vaccinating all school workers is key.

A clearly articulated plan to provide vaccinations to school staff in the nations second largest school district, combined with the leadership Los Angeles Unified has already shown in preparing its campuses, can be a model for other school districts across the country, Beutner said.

A Calimesa man has been arrested in connection with a brush fire in Riverside County that killed two people and destroyed dozens of homes in 2019, authorities said.

Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez, 38, was arrested Saturday and charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawfully causing a fire resulting in great bodily injury, according to a spokesperson with the Riverside County district attorneys office. After posting $75,000 bond, Ornelas-Velazquez was released Sunday, according to jail records.

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Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after two vehicles collided, sending one of them into a home in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday night.

The incident was reported before midnight near the intersection of West 68th Street and Denver Avenue.

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One of the first federally operated coronavirus vaccination site in the state and in the country opened Tuesday at California State University, Los Angeles.

The center, which will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will have the the capacity to inoculate about 6,000 people daily. Vaccinations are by appointment only and reservations can be made through the state's MyTurn system.

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