Mayor Garcetti: City will support L.A. families affected by strike

During the event of a strike, recreation centers, libraries, and public transportation will be available to students affected by a walkout.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti said today that City recreation centers and libraries, as well as Metro and L.A. City DASH and Commuter Express, will provide additional support for L.A. Unified families during the event of a strike — offering places with adult supervision, lunch, resources, and free transportation to students until an agreement is reached to end a potential teacher walkout.

During the event of a strike, the City will keep 32 recreation centers open for extended hours — with additional staffing, lunch, and programming focused on elementary-aged children, such as arts and crafts and sports/fitness activities, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on regular school days. Parents planning to take their children to one of these sites must complete this registration form (también en español) and submit it at the recreation center upon arrival. Free lunch for children will be provided at these centers. Postmates will fund meals for students at two recreation center sites.

Public libraries will offer additional staffing, learning resources — such as STEAM exercises and educational workshops — and programming focused on middle and high school-aged Angelenos. 

Metro and L.A. City DASH and Commuter Express will work to ease transportation concerns for families for the duration of a strike by offering free rides to L.A. Unified students with school ID from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

LAPD is coordinating with the Department of Recreation and Parks, public libraries, and other City departments to make sure added security is available during the event of a strike. 

Mayor Garcetti has encouraged City Departments to provide flexibility to affected employees, urging general managers to work closely with staff to better understand and accommodate workers’ child care needs. The Mayor’s Office has contacted some of L.A.’s largest private-sector employers to urge preparation of similar plans.  

More information about resources and services can be found at LAMayor.org/StudentsAndFamilies and by dialing 311.

Para más información sobre recursos y servicios, visite la página LAMayor.org/EstudiantesyFamilias o llame al 311.