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The Times podcast: The Omicron kids

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Alhambra High School students head off for the day after the final bell rang on Monday, Jan. 3.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
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Just when it seemed schools and parents and teachers were figuring out how to do in-person learning again, Omicron hit.

The highly contagious variant really blew up while schools were on winter break in California. So when schools reopened and students returned, there were problems.

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Today, we hear from a parent and high school students who are trying to navigate their teenage years while worrying about COVID-19.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times audio engineer Mario Diaz, and L.A. Times education reporter Melissa Gomez

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Melissa Kaplan, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editors are Lauren Raab and Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.
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