UPDATE 1.13.19: Highland Park Neighborhood Council's Special Newsletter LAUSD Strike Edition
UPDATE 1.12.19: Mayor Garcetti's office released a guide for city resources available in the event of a strike.
As you may have heard, a teacher's strike is expected to begin on January 10, 2019 January 14, 2019. We compiled a quick FAQ to help navigate the complexities of this issue.
How long will the strike last?
There is no way to tell. It can be one day or continue for several weeks. The strike will end when UTLA and LAUSD reach an agreement over their dispute.
Should kids come to school?
This is a complicated question and the answer depends on who you ask.
According to those who attended UTLA meetings, teachers and UTLA prefer that you do not bring your kids into the school but rather to the front of the school to picket and march with their teachers. If the picket lines are strong it sends the signal to the District that we stand with our teachers and support them.
"Yes. Students are expected to attend school every day. Schools will be open and students will participate in instructional programs.... Instruction will be provided by qualified L.A. Unified staff,
which includes certificated and classified staff, qualified substitute employees, or reassigned administrators." (LAUSD Parent Resource Guide; pg 4)
Will STAR and Beyond the Bell continue during the strike?
Yes. Mrs. Gravino has assured the parents that all regularly scheduled school activities will continue as planned.
I have questions about the purpose of the strike and why there is a dispute between the District and the teacher's union.
The two sides differ dramatically on the purported facts. The links below will take you to their individual campaigns where you can make an informed decision on which position you trust.
What options do I have for child care if I choose not to cross the picket line in the event of the strike.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to adequately prepare for a strike due to its last-minute nature and unknown length. Los Angeles Recreation and Parks have offered a few centers to remain on standby if the teacher strike occurs. Those centers will be open from 8am - 4pm, free of charge. You will have to complete an application for your children to attend. Please note: not all centers will be participating. Please see the full list and call the center for complete information.