My first reaction when I heard L.A. schools won’t be open this fall? Tears. Lots of them

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Hamilton High School on Los Angeles' Westside is among the Los Angeles Unified School District schools whose campuses will not open Aug. 18. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Hamilton High School on Los Angeles’ Westside is among the Los Angeles Unified School District schools whose campuses will not open Aug. 18. (Los Angeles Times)

I’ll admit, I cried a bit when I heard that Los Angeles Unified School District students won’t be returning to their campuses next month. Instead, students will start the new school year they way the ended the last one — online and at home.

Like many parents, I’ve anxiously watched the calendar and the COVID-19 case numbers. In April, as California took its early victory lap for flattening the curve, I’d hoped my two kids could return to school full time in the fall. In June, as cases began to rise with reopening, I figured they’d have a couple days a week in the classroom and a couple days a week of distance learning.

Now, as coronavirus diagnoses and hospitalizations surge in L.A. County

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