LA County Health Director Caught Telling Schools Not to Expect Full Reopening 'Until After the Election'

Brittany M. Hughes | September 11, 2020
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According to audio of a conference call with school administrators and medical staff, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer can be heard saying that she doesn’t expect schools to fully reopen "we are done with the election.”

“We don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least until after the election, in early November,” Ferrer said, according to a recording of the call played on KFI's "John and Ken Show."

“When we look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to be where we are now until we are done with the election,” she later added.

When Fox News reached out to the school district for a comment about why Ferrer chose the election as a goal to reach – as opposed to Halloween, Christmas, or when COVID cases had dropped below a certain benchmark, for example – they were told that "Dr. Ferrer’s comment was related only to timing any expanded school re-openings to allow for enough time from the implementation of changes to assess impact prior to expansions.”

Which, if I may translate from intentionally overcomplicated government speak, means, “We got caught exposing that this is really all about politics, after all.”

As of right now, LA County schools’ 730,000 students are attending school entirely online, creating a slew of problems for parents trying to work from home while helping educate sometimes multiple children at the same time.