As we mentioned in our previous story about the SEIU Local 99 strike, which is keeping local LAUSD schools closed yesterday, today, and tomorrow, a number of city departments and other organizations are stepping in to help fill the gap for parents. Yesterday, we passed along links to LAUSD’s free Grab and Go food distribution, which handed out six meals to students to tide them over for three days, along with extended programming and hours for some LA Rec and Parks locations, and free admission offered by the LA Zoo, Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. Today, on day two of the school closures, we offer a few additional opportunities and resources for affected families:
Child Care – Free supervision is available at several specific LAUSD, LA County, and LA City sites (including both Wilton Place Elementary and Los Angeles High School in our area). See the full list and interactive map here.
Financial Assistance – Teachers and families facing uncertainty can contact the Jewish Free Loan Association about 0% loans (up to $7,500 with one qualified guarantor and up to $15,000 with two qualified guarantors) to cover basic living expenses, including rent, food, utilities, child care, and other emergency expenses.
Japanese American Museum – Free weekday admission to all Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students and their chaperones for the duration of the LAUSD staff and teacher strike. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursdays from 12 p.m.–8 p.m. Guided tours not included. There must be at least one adult present for every ten students visiting together as a group. Groups of more than ten individuals should make a reservation by emailing [email protected] or calling 213.830.5601.
Other Museums & Attractions – The Hammer Museum, MOCA, Broad, California African American Museum, California Science Center, and Griffith Park’s Travel Town are always free.
Petersen Museum – Free general admission to all LAUSD students under 17 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the strike. Tickets only available onsite at any ticket counter.