Teachers’ union calls on L.A. Unified to close schools due to coronavirus; board to hold emergency meeting

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Assistant Plant Manager Tracy Westfield cleans John Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times )

Assistant Plant Manager Tracy Westfield cleans John Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park on March 10, 2020. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times )

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The L.A. teachers union is calling on the nation’s second-largest school district to close all its schools as quickly as possible to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The Los Angeles Unified School Board is scheduled to meet Friday morning in emergency session for a status report from L.A. Unified Supt. Austin Beutner.

Based on the experience of other countries, a “proactive approach” is necessary, said Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles.

The school system has resisted shutting down campuses so far but is preparing for that step. No case of the virus has been linked to an L.A. public school at this time.

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