Parents Supporting Teachers, an LA-based advocacy group, said that after repeated requests to create a comprehensive database of positive COVID-19 cases across LA’s school districts was ignored, they created one on their own.
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The group has compiled each individual school’s COVID data into one comprehensive dashboard, so parents have a clear picture of what’s happening in the district.
Advocates are also calling on the district to notify all members of individual classrooms and the entire school when a student tests positive.
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“You can’t adequately determine what a close contact is, so the entire class needs to be notified so parents can make a decision that feels good and safe for them,” Jenna Schwartz, co-founder of Parents Supporting Teachers, said.
Schwartz said that the group would like to see a better, more cohesive policy on how students will learn while in quarantine since, as she noted, take home packets don’t work for every student.
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District officials have not yet responded to a request for comment.