Photos: Las Virgenes kids are among first in L.A. to return to school during pandemic

Nathan Marzouk raises his hand during class with kindergarten teacher Ursula Dysthe at Lupin Hill Elementary School.
Nathan Marzouk raises his hand in kindergarten teacher Ursula Dysthe’s class at Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas. So far, private schools in Los Angeles County have dominated the waiver application process to reopen.
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About 2,000 Los Angeles County public-school children returned to classrooms Monday, when Las Virgenes, a small district in the Calabasas area, reopened campuses to transitional kindergarten through second-grade classes under county-approved waivers amid surging coronavirus infections.

Kindergarten teacher Ursula Dysthe watches as students submit homework at Lupin Hill Elementary.
Kindergarten teacher Ursula Dysthe watches as students submit homework at Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas. It was one of the first elementary schools to reopen in L.A. County under a waiver.
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Carlo Ramos, night custodian at Lupin Hill Elementary School, disinfects playground equipment.
Carlo Ramos, night custodian at Lupin Hill Elementary School, uses an electrostatic spray to disinfect playground equipment at the Calabasas school.
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Jennifer Klein leads a line of masked students along a pathway at Lupin Hill Elementary.
Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Klein leads students at Lupin Hill Elementary.
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Carlo Ramos, disinfectant in a pack on his back, uses a spray gun in the school library.
Custodian Carlo Ramos disinfects couches in the school library.
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Instructors and children stretch their arms wide in a classroom.
Lupin Hill teacher Jennifer Klein, right, assistant Susan Silic and students stretch their arms wide.
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Students wearing backpacks, including a young girl in face mask and shield, sit crosslegged outside school.
Students wait for their parents to pick them up after morning classes at Lupin Hill Elementary School.
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Dan Stepenosky holds his arms wide at the door of a kindergarten class.
Las Virgenes schools Supt. Dan Stepenosky gives an air hug to greet kindergarteners in Jennifer Klein’s class at Lupin Hill Elementary School.
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David Contreras uses a spray gun in a bathroom at the school.
David Contreras, plant manager at Lupin Hill Elementary School, uses an electrostatic solution to disinfect a bathroom.
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Principal Scott Foli talks with kindergarten student Williams Afaghi.
Scott Foli, principal of Lupin Hill Elementary, checks the hands of kindergartener Williams Afaghi.
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Teacher Jennifer Klein, in mask and cat ears, forms a heart with her hands for students.
Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Klein forms a heart with her hands for students in her class.
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Guadalupe Duran aims solution from a spray gun at a desk.
Guadalupe Duran sprays an electrostatic solution in a room at Lupin Hill Elementary School.
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