Nearly a third of public school students in Los Angeles were absent Tuesday on their first day back from winter break, officials said, as the district requires each child to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.
The 68.8 percent of students at Los Angeles Unified School District that did make it to class were forced to stand in long lines as school officials made sure each child had proof of a negative coronavirus test before entering the building.
As of late Tuesday, there was a 15 percent COVID-19 positivity rate among employees and 17 percent for students.
LAUSD will keep on testing students and staff weekly through January as Omicron cases continue to surge in Los Angeles County.
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