Yesterday, teachers throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike to advocate for smaller class sizes, schoolroom supplies, permanent nursing staff, and more in order to create better learning environments for schoolchildren. With nearly 700,000 students, LAUSD is one of the largest school districts in the world. To mitigate the impact of the strike, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to identify, implement, and promote programs and activities for students and their families.
“As a lifelong supporter of working women and men, and as a former Labor Secretary, I stand with my sisters and brothers who are out on the picket line, asking only for what is fair and best for their students,” said Supervisor Solis. “LA County will do what we can to support our teachers, our students, and our parents by identifying learning opportunities for students during the duration of this strike. I urge LAUSD to move quickly to address teachers’ concerns, which would be the best outcome for our students and parents.”
Today’s action directs County departments to identify, create, and publicize educational programs, activities, and resources for LAUSD students and their parents during the strike. For example, the County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will expand their snack program at County parks, and provide an open gym and programming at all six community regional parks from 9am to 4pm on strike days. Additionally, DPR will work with the Los Angeles County Public Library to expand snack programs to County libraries on strike days. The motion also waives admission, parking, and any associated fees for LAUSD students and their custodians from 7am to 3pm on strike days to Descanso Gardens, Arboretum, and South Coast Botanical Garden at Virginia Robinson Garden.
The motion also asks the County’s Chief Executive Office to develop a resource mobilization plan so that LA County can respond appropriately in similar school strike situations in the future.
Non-school options for LAUSD students include:
- All LA County parks will be open with an expanded snack program, and will provide a gym and programming at all six community regional parks.
- Admission, parking, and associated fees will be waived for LAUSD students and their custodians from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on strike days to Descanso Gardens, Arboretum, and South Coast Botanical Garden at Virginia Robinson Garden.
- The Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum will offer free admission and activities between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on strike days.
- The Petersen Automotive Museum will offer free admission to LAUSD students through February 2nd, regardless of whether the strike takes place.
- The L.A. Zoo will offer students free admission on strike days. In addition, the Zoo will offer a “Community Safari Day” program for children between K-5.
- Free fares for LAUSD students from 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on strike days on all LA Metro buses, light-rail, and subway lines.