Report: Nearly 1,900 Los Angeles Unified students and staff test positive for COVID-19

For the first week of school in the LAUSD, an L.A.-based advocacy group calculated 1,893 positive COVID-19 cases, 18 of them at just one school in Tarzana.
Sherman Oaks Center For Enriched Studies in Tarzana
On Aug. 24, 2021, KNX visited the Sherman Oaks Center For Enriched Studies in Tarzana. New data compiled by advocacy group Parents Supporting teachers indicates 18 of 1893 cases of COVID-19 reported in the first week of school in the Los Angeles Unified School District were at SOCES. Photo credit Jon Baird/KNX 1070 News Radio

With little data surrounding the number of COVID-19 infections in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a group of parents decided to band together and gather the data into a dashboard for all parents and employees to use.

“We wanted to be able to compare to see how it looks in our community, in other neighborhood schools, districtwide,” Rachel Wagner said.

Wagner is a member of the L.A.-based advocacy group Parents Supporting Teachers. The group formed when parents realized they needed more information about the virus in schools.

The group calculated that 1,893 students and district employees tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of school.

Eighteen of the cases were at the Sherman Oaks Center For Enriched Studies in Tarzana.

A number of SOCES parents who spoke with KNX 1070 said they felt the school was doing everything possible to keep people safe. LAUSD officials have not disputed any of the 1,893 cases reported by PST.

While 1,893 sounds like a lot, it is important to consider that there are around 451,000 students and 60,000 employees in the LAUSD. Even 1,893 cases is still a positivity rate of less than 4/1000. That positivity rate, however, is only true if every student and employee in the district has been tested as required.

"We’re talking about a very, very low infection rate," said LAUSD School Board member Jackie Goldberg. "The fact that we’re testing every week means that we’re catching them quickly."

Goldberg said the district will deal with the situation on a case-by-case basis, and that students and staff who tested positive must test negative before they are allowed back on campus.

Before the Parents Supporting Teachers group began compiling data, the only source of information on cases in LAUSD was the “COVID-19 Testing School Report Card” provided on the district’s website.

The report card is still available, and provides daily updates on the reopening states and COVID-19 testing results for the staff and students participating in on-campus instruction. LAUSD also shares information on the past seven days of testing among the schools.

For the time period between Aug. 2 and Aug. 15, the district shared the following:

LAUSD School report card 8.2 - 8.15
The Los Angeles Unified School District shares report cards, like this one, on its website to share the latest COVID-19 numbers with parents and employees. Data in the graph was compiled between Aug. 2, 2021 and Aug. 15, 2021. Photo credit Los Angeles Unified School District

LAUSD continues to provide access to vaccinations for staff and students ages 12 and up.

To learn more about testing and appointments, click here.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Jon Baird/KNX 1070 News Radio