By City News Service
An estimated 600,000 students in the nation's second- largest school district will return to their classrooms Tuesday, as Los Angeles Unified School District classes start the 2013-2014 term.
And the district wants to remind parents -- and motorists -- of the midsummer startup.
The district plans to open 15 new on-campus health clinics this week, in what it calls "high-priority areas." Funding for the "school-based wellness centers" comes in part for the Los Angeles Trust For Children's Health.
The on-campus clinics include primary health care, mental health and behavioral and dental services. The district also plans to assist families in enrolling their children in health insurance plans.
The district has a firm anti-bullying policy, as well as safety and emergency plans for each campus. More than 400 LAUSD police officers and 1,000 campus security aids work at its schools.
"Students must feel safe on campus to achieve their best in the classroom," said district Superintendent John Deasy.
The district asked parents to follow six rules this year:
- learn school rules for students and parents
- learn the emergency plans for each campus, which are posted at http://parentemergencyinformation.lausd.net/
- update children's emergency contact cards at their school
- know each child's exact schedule at school
- obey traffic rules and traffic monitors at schools
- make sure all students entering seventh grade have had "T-dap" booster shots for pertussis, also known as whooping cough. LAUSD is offering such shots at clinics across the district, details are available at www.lausd.org .