Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday that the district’s 2020-2021 academic year will begin Aug. 18, but it is unclear how those courses will be held.

Online summer classes will begin in mid-June, according to a post by Beutner on Twitter.

“The transition to online learning is our moonshot. It’s that important and that difficult,” Beutner said. “And like the astronauts on the Eagle, we’ll all benefit from the learning when all are safely back home, or in the case of our students, safely back in the classroom.”

Beutner said almost all LAUSD educators have completed training for teaching online and about half have signed up for additional 30-hour training, which begins Monday.

“We’ve connected almost all of our secondary school students, providing them with a device and internet access, and in another week or 10 days, we will reach that goal for elementary school students. The emphasis now is to help teachers take their talents online,” Beutner said.

The superintendent also posted the district is working with the UCLA to plan for a “safe reopening,” but there is no timeline as to when LAUSD will have students return to its facilities.

LAUSD has been providing classes online since mid-March.

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