Culver City Unified cancels classes next week amid COVID surge

The Culver City Unified School District announced on Friday, Jan. 14, that all classes have been canceled next week due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

In a message to parents, district officials cited the “ongoing rapid spread of the Omicron variant” in opting to cancel three days worth of classes. District classes were previously canceled Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday, and Tuesday was a pre-planned “non-pupil” day.

Classes will now be canceled Wednesday through Friday.

“This cancellation is in effect for all CCUSD programs, including the Office of Child Development, K-12 schools and Culver City Adult School,” according to the district.

Officials said the three canceled days “will be made up at a date to be determined later.”

Across town, one-third of Los Angeles Unified students have been absent from school, on average, over the first three days of second semester.

The nation’s second-largest district, which welcomed students back to campuses on Tuesday, reported on Thursday, Jan. 13, that the average attendance rate for the first week of school was 66.8%, based on preliminary data.

While tens of thousands of students and staff members have been out because they tested positive for the coronavirus, some families may have chosen to keep their children home due to concerns about the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

L.A. Unified had 71,000 active coronavirus cases among students and staff on Wednesday, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard. As of Wednesday, its seven-day test-positivity rate was 12.7%. Countywide, the seven-day test-positivity rate is about 21%.

This week, the winter coronavirus surge, fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant, raged on unabated, as officials urged residents to take safety precautions and hoped the spike is reaching it peak.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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