Gladys Alvarez, a fifth grade teacher at Manchester Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, talks to her students via Zoom during a meet-and-greet on Wednesday. <span class=(Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/UZcw4q9rf.87yX4xye8l0Q–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQ3MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/yYCcWma7vbRNRORLdHtk.g–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/a41aef7ab645afa54a3bd1bd832aa814″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/UZcw4q9rf.87yX4xye8l0Q–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQ3MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/yYCcWma7vbRNRORLdHtk.g–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/a41aef7ab645afa54a3bd1bd832aa814″/
Gladys Alvarez, a fifth grade teacher at Manchester Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, talks to her students via Zoom during a meet-and-greet on Wednesday. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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Xavier Reyes, cofounder of Alta Public Schools, shows what a classroom would look like at Academia Moderna, a charter school, when the Huntington Park campus is allowed to reopen. <span class=(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)” src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/WAXbhzIEm6xUXIu7eoZQQw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQ3MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/Sz8LdC2W1c6LuvQzbJ3NgA–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/99594ae15b9f32c46a698c216d779f26″ data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/WAXbhzIEm6xUXIu7eoZQQw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTQ3MA–/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/Sz8LdC2W1c6LuvQzbJ3NgA–~B/aD01NjA7dz04NDA7c209MTthcHBpZD15dGFjaHlvbg–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/99594ae15b9f32c46a698c216d779f26″/
Xavier Reyes, cofounder of Alta Public Schools, shows what a classroom would look like at Academia Moderna, a charter school, when the Huntington Park campus is allowed to reopen. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

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