Masks yesterday, masks tomorrow, masks forever.
California is going to ignore the CDC guidelines on school reopenings.and require students and teachers to wear masks. It’s an open question though as to whether the state is insane or whether it’s dealing with even more insane teachers’ unions.
United Teachers Los Angeles, which forced schools to stay closed, reached a deal in which the teachers might finally agree to return to work in exchange for mandatory masks and tests… with an easy trigger for more virtue instruction that is almost entirely useless.
Parents tried to protest that back in the spring.
Outraged parents rallied outside the Los Angeles Unified headquarters Sunday, pushing for inclusion in negotiations for this fall’s school reopening.
Demonstrators said LAUSD, the country’s second-largest school district, should follow COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the L.A. County Health Department — instead of the teachers’ union.
United Teachers Los Angeles is demanding that mask-wearing and physical distancing continues in the fall.
You know how that went. UTLA, as usual, got everything it wanted.
The district will conduct COVID-19 testing every two weeks while in the yellow tier, students and staff will be screened for symptoms prior to entering school sites, the use of MERV 13 filters on ventilation systems will continue and masks will be required.
Does UTLA actually care about COVID-19? Only insofar as it can be used for leverage.
Politicians meet even the most insane teachers’ unions demands in order to make it as hard as possible for them to claim that doing their job is too dangerous and closing down schools again.
This just encourages the unions to escalate to even more insane demands.
The arms race between politicians trying to keep schools open because parents will lynch them if they don’t and unions trying to shut down schools on the thinnest of pretexts forces every possible miserable and insane health theater measure on students.
This is the sick, sad state of the public education system. Too bad there isn’t a vaccine against teachers’ unions.