Great Public Schools Now Statement on LA Unified School Closures

GPSN Executive Director Dr. Ana F. Ponce Statement on Closure of LA Unified Campuses

March 13, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA)- Great Public Schools Now supports L.A. Unified’s decision to close schools to protect the health of our communities while also continuing to provide critical resources to families including meals and child care.

We are also heartened that students will be able to continue to learn via televised and online lessons. We applaud the district’s decision to keep paying their employees. We support efforts and calls by LAUSD and other Los Angeles leaders to seek state and federal resources to support our public schools, families and students. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 must be a priority to prevent further health risks and societal disruptions.  Although the spread is the primary impact we must also mitigate the multiple known and unknown ripple effects. We need to ensure our families and students are supported in the uncertain economic times ahead. 

Schools are not only centers of learning but also the safety net for many families, especially for low-income and immigrant communities. By continuing to provide critical services to families, the district is ensuring that parents, especially those who don’t have sick leave or the ability to work from home, can know that their children are safe and being cared for while they work. 

GPSN knows that this was a difficult decision for district leadership and thank them for their leadership.

-Dr. Ana F. Ponce,

Executive Director, Great Public Schools Now