About one-third of LAUSD students absent this week

One-third of Los Angeles Unified students have been absent from school, on average, over the first three days of second semester.

The nation’s second-largest district, which welcomed students back to campuses on Tuesday, reported on Thursday, Jan. 13, that the average attendance rate for the first week of school was 66.8%, based on preliminary data.

While tens of thousands of students and staff members have been out because they tested positive for the coronavirus, some families may have chosen to keep their children home due to concerns about the current surge in COVID-19 cases.