When the fall semester begins on Aug. 18th in Los Angeles, all instruction in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be distance learning. It’s hard to understand why in light of what we learned at the beginning of the 20th century when tuberculosis was rampant (“Schools Beat Earlier Plagues With Outdoor Classes. We Should, Too,” The New York Times, July 17).
Despite harsh weather, New York City and other cold-weather cities set up open-air classes. Few children or teachers got sick. Yet in Southern California, where the climate is near-perfect year-round, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, will provide only distance instruction when the fall semester begins.
It makes no sense. If students can learn in wintry climate, then why can’t they learn in clement climate? The fact is that the risk of contagion is severely diminished outside.
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