How can parents navigate school reopenings? Ask L.A. Times reporters


More than a year after schools transitioned to virtual instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of California’s public and charter schools are allowed to return to in-person instruction. Each district has different rules for the return to class and a different timeline for doing so. It’s a confusing time for many parents and students who may wonder whether to return to class at all while the different speeds of reopening increase inequities along language, race and geographic fault lines.

L.A. Times reporters Howard Blume, Paloma Esquivel and Sonja Sharp are covering the transition and reporting on the various models for instruction, safety and results.

On Thursday, the education reporters joined columnist Sandy Banks, for a live discussion about the reopening of L.A. schools, hybrid programs, coronavirus concerns and other key issues. They also answered reader questions.


You can watch this free virtual event on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Here is some of our recent reporting on the return to school.

California policymakers are pushing for schools to reopen. But there’s no consensus among parents and caregivers about whether students should return.

March 10, 2021

In-person schooling looks very different from neighborhood to neighborhood, especially at the elementary school level.

April 18, 2021

Some 1.1 million students in California are English learners. Experts say schools must make immediate and swift interventions to salvage their education.

April 4, 2021

Experts say many of those reentering high school this spring aren’t so much returning to campus as reverting to a previous form.

April 26, 2021


For children in kindergarten and transitional kindergarten, school itself is terra incognita. April is the first time many have been in a classroom.

April 19, 2021