Battle Brews Over LA Schools Used as Film Sets While Real Students Are Stuck at Home

Diane Haithman and Jeremy Fuster
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Parents are up in arms about Los Angeles area schools being used as locations for film, TV and commercial production while real kids, especially those with special needs, are not yet allowed on campus due to COVID-19 concerns. Jenny Hontz, communications director for the 4,000-member grassroots organization Speak UP that represents parents with students in Los Angeles Unified School District schools, shined light on the issue last week when she tweeted a photo of child actors on the campus of Kester Elementary/Kester Magnet School in Sherman Oaks for a recent Apple TV production. Although Hontz does not have children who attend Kester, she told TheWrap the photo had been sent to her by an irate Kester parent who happened to see the filming in action. Kester Elementary officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Loads of kids on campus today at Kester Ave. elementary doing a shoot for Apple TV. So it’s unsafe to have kids w/ disabilities on ⁦@LASchools⁩ campuses for vital services & education, but it’s safe to have them working there? ⁦@lapublichealth⁩ ⁦#openschools pic.twitter.com/5BwGxho9ll — Speak UP (@SpeakUpParents) February 3, 2021 Also Read: New Mask and Quarantine Rules Among Changes to LA's COVID Filming...

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