POLITICIZING COVID-19

New Lawsuit Against LAUSD Jeopardizes The Health Of Families

If successful, the suit would reduce social distancing and prohibit the district from requiring COVID-19 testing as campuses are reopened.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readApr 13, 2021

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Many LAUSD students reside in low-income communities of color that are disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

- Aannestad Andelin & Corn LLP

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second-largest school district in the country with “nearly 600,000 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12”. Parents for seven of these children are suing the district to loosen the safety procedures as campuses begin to reopen after a year-long shutdown due to COVID-19. If the court rules in their favor, the LAUSD would not be allowed “to enforce mandatory 6-foot distancing provisions” or require “mandatory…student COVID-19 testing provisions”. Without providing any proof that these precautions inflict any harm to their seven children, these four parents want to create conditions that other parents will feel are less safe than what exists with the district’s plans. This could needlessly endanger their children and their families.

My wife and I with our two LAUSD students.

If the LAUSD is blocked from implementing these common-sense precautions, my wife and I will not be able to send our two daughters back to their campuses. To do so would jeopardize the well-being of my wife who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was 23 and for whom contracting COVID-19 could be deadly. Testing and physical distancing will help to ensure that our daughters are not exposed at school and bring the virus home to their mother.

Even with the current plans, we are going to have to wait to send our daughters back to school until after my wife has received the fullest possible protection from the COVID-19 vaccine. Her current treatment is a cancer drug that depletes her immune system and interferes with the body’s ability to respond to the vaccine. Therefore, she had to wait until enough time had passed since her infusion treatment so that the vaccine could work properly. In…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com