By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved an agreement Thursday with the teachers union to return to in-person instruction in April.

United Teachers Los Angeles will still have to ratify the deal, a move that could come next week.

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According to the agreement, preschools, elementary schools and services for students with learning differences and disabilities to reopen by mid-April and secondary schools will reopen for in-person instruction by the end of April.

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The agreement also provides for a hybrid model, combining online and in-person instruction, with students remaining in small, stable cohorts while on campus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, all students and staff will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their return to campus with weekly COVID testing once they return, masks and social distancing will be required at all times, social-emotional support will be provided to students, teachers will be provided with additional professional development and meals will be provided for students at schools.

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If approved, the contract will be in effect through June 30.