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Friday, August 14, 2020


COVID-19 update: OC Health Care Agency launches localized COVID-19 data dashboard
OCDE and local school districts continue to track the latest developments related to COVID-19 while following guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency. The OC Healthcare Agency has posted an online dashboard that provides detailed county-level data and a localized look at the number of days our county is meeting COVID-19 health goals.


Charter schools sue California to get full funding for new year
Four charter schools, including one in Huntington Beach and another with a campus in San Bernardino, are suing the California Department of Education and state leaders over a funding formula they say cuts them off from essential state money. The four charters are among a number of schools in California that face financial problems because of what they claim is an unfair formula recently established by the state. Specifically, the schools expect their fall enrollment to exceed what they had in February, yet the state is allocating school funding for the upcoming year based on the February 2020 enrollment numbers.


Back to school in a pandemic: The basics of remote learning
Schooling from home for any family is difficult. It can be even harder if you don’t have a computer or WiFi or relied on free meals at school. Here’s a guide to some of the resources that are available in many Southern California school districts.

What can parents who work outside the home do about remote schooling?
With California schools starting up again virtually, many parents are wondering how they can get back — or stay — at work if their kids can’t physically go back to class. It’s not a one-size-fits-all conundrum. Two-parent households of means might be able to work from home and take turns helping kids navigate distance learning or hire a tutor. A single parent who is an essential worker might find herself with fewer options. Here’s a guide to some of the options.

Strategies for supporting your child’s social and emotional learning from home
Math homework and history reading can mostly be done alone. But social and emotional learning requires interaction. Here’s how parents can help their children during remote schooling.


Fairmont Schools Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Campus in San Juan Capistrano
Fairmont Schools—a private school institution—held a ribbon-cutting for their new location in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, Aug. 6. The campus is at the former Saddleback Valley Christian School location on Oso Road. School officials were greeted by representatives from the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. Fairmont Schools has requested a waiver from local health authorities to open its doors for on-campus instruction to K-6th graders on the first day of school, Aug. 17. The school will also offer virtual learning.


Lessons in litter: Two ocean-focused groups hope to connect with students about beach trash
Judging from the amount of trash left behind along the Southern California coast, lessons about litter still need to be taught to beachgoers. Two ocean-focused groups, the Shark Lab in Long Beach and the Eco-Warrior Foundation based in Laguna Beach, are hoping to connect with students as they head back to school to highlight the harm caused by pollution reaching the ocean, threatening sea creatures and other wildlife that call the coast home.

What distance teaching — and learning — look like at El Camino Real Charter High
Usually, the noise of teenage laughter and conversation is the backdrop to teacher Eric Choi's walk to his classroom. For now, he'll have to get used to the silence as El Camino Real Charter High returns to distance learning to start the fall semester.


The Learning Curve: One School District Stayed Open – and Didn’t Have Problems
Cajon Valley Union School District Superintendent David Miyashiro believes a version of the program he created over the summer could be replicated at schools across California. Miyashiro had been trying to convince the county Health and Human Services Agency to send someone to see the work he’d been doing: namely, keeping his schools running over the summer at roughly 30 percent capacity. On this day, the department finally sent someone.


Ethnic studies mandate for California K-12 students gaining momentum in Legislature
Sensing the timing is now right, the author of a bill that would require all students to take ethnic studies to graduate from high school is pressing Senate leaders to free up the bill and send it to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his signature before the end of August. The governor already has on his desk another bill that would make a course in ethnic studies a prerequisite for a California State University diploma.

TEACHER VOICES Mentoring can bring a personal touch to distance learning
When my San Diego County elementary school pivoted to distance learning as the pandemic swept California in March, the Encinitas Unified School District where I work came up with a surprisingly effective mentorship program where music and art teachers and other school staff members delivered extra help to our students, including English learners. I count my participation as one of my most rewarding experiences in 20 years of teaching.


California slams 'inaccurate and outdated beliefs' of parents suing to reopen schools
California in a legal brief is slamming the “inaccurate and outdated beliefs” of parents who are suing the state to force schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The state fired back after more than a dozen parents filed a lawsuit last month requesting a temporary restraining order on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) order for schools in counties on the state’s watch list to conduct virtual learning.  In an opposition brief, California officials countered the parents, saying they were depending on incorrect beliefs early in the pandemic that COVID-19 had a “minimal effect on children of any age.”

California parents sue Gov. Gavin Newsom to open schools for in-person learning
Parents who are suing the governor of California to allow schools to open for in-person learning said Thursday that their children are suffering academically and psychologically. "The negative effects of keeping schools closed far outweigh the risks of opening them," said Jesse Petrilla, a father of two boys and a plaintiff in the suit filed on July 29.

Researchers warn educators about a precipitous ‘COVID Slide,’ say schools will need to confront widening learning gaps this fall
Education data guru Chris Minnich has some advice for school leaders: You may have spent the spring struggling to get food, hotspots and human connection to students, but right now is the time to plan for how school must be different next year if you’re going to address learning gaps widened by the pandemic. Minnich is CEO of the nonprofit assessment and research organization NWEA, whose recent report predicts dramatic losses from the nation’s school closures. In some grades, students may end up an entire year behind where they would have been academically, absent COVID-19.

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