• Matt Esnayra

434 LBUSD teachers call out sick as COVID cases surge in Long Beach

Hundreds of Long Beach Unified School District teachers were out Wednesday as the COVID-19 Omicron variant surges across Los Angeles county.

Schools out for winter:

434 of the 3,400 LBUSD teachers were absent on Wednesday; that's nearly 13% of personnel called out sick. On Monday, 496 teachers called out ill; LBUSD spokesperson Chris Eftychiou told the Modern Times, "Fortunately, we've been able to maintain staffing with substitute teachers, and when necessary, having other certificated staff, including administrators, fill in for teachers."

  • Mr.Eftychiou told the Post that only 80.2% of the district's student body returned for in-person teaching.

  • The district opened a new testing clinic at Cabrillo High School specifically for students and staff. LBUSD is also receiving "supplemental, at-home tests from the state."

  • Since Jan. 3rd, 369 of the approximately 3,400 teachers called in for a substitute.

Help is on the way:

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to allow schools more versatility for staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic. The executive order would give extra hours to substitute teachers and rehire recently retired teachers for a short stretch. The order expires at the end of March, per the AP.

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