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Wednesday, January 13, 2021


COVID-19 update: County health officer opens vaccine distribution to residents 65 and older
County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau announced Tuesday that all Orange County residents age 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Priority had been given to health care workers and seniors 75 years of age and older under the OC Health Care Agency’s phased approach. But the decision was made to drop the age requirement by 10 years after health officials examined data showing alarming fatality rates among older adults who contracted the coronavirus.


5 ways parents and teachers are explaining the U.S. Capitol riot to kids
The Los Angeles Times asked parents, guardians and teachers how they are explaining the events of the day to their children and students. Below are some of the responses we received, including explanations that showcased common concerns and others that had a unique approach.

Thousands sign petition demanding resignation of O.C. school board member who was at Capitol rally
More than 6,600 people have signed a petition demanding resignation of Leandra Blades of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education, who attended the Jan. 6 Trump rally.


LAUSD board paves way to sue state over school-reopening proposal amid pandemic
The Los Angeles Unified school board has given the green light for the district to sue the state over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s school-reopening proposal or to take legal action to recoup money for meals it’s been providing to the community since the coronavirus pandemic hit last March.


Chicago school system locks out some teachers, withholds pay for not returning to in-person instruction
The public school district reopened doors to the first groups of students since the spring, but some educators refused to return to buildings amid coronavirus fears.


Big district superintendents, Newsom advisers remain at odds on back to school plan
After a meeting Monday with top advisers of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, superintendents of two of the largest school districts in California said nothing had changed: Their districts won’t pursue $2 billion in state funding in return for committing by Feb. 1 to send younger students back to school when Covid infection rates fall.

California’s ’cradle-to-career’ data system in line to receive $15 million for next phase
Ending speculation as to how much California will invest in building an ambitious “cradle-to-career” data system, Gov. Gavin Newson is proposing to spend $15 million for the next phase of creating a data system that will shed light on effective strategies contributing to student success and to provide useful tools to students trying to plan their education careers.

After dropping SAT and ACT, University of California urged not to add new admissions test
Instead, committee recommends that UC explore giving students the option to submit Smarter Balanced scores.


Amid Surges, Teachers Line Up For Their Vaccines
Don Brown has been driving a school bus for more than 20 years in the Chicago area. And for all that time, he's noticed one odd student habit. As they climb aboard his bus, "when they get to the top step, they always cough," he says. "This was even before the pandemic! Or, when they get ready to get off, they say, 'Bye, bus driver!' and they cough.” Because of this, Brown says, he hopes he'll be getting the vaccine, "as soon as I can.”


San Diego Unified School District Resumes COVID-19 Testing Program With Plans To Expand
San Diego Unified School District resumed its COVID-19 testing Tuesday as a small number of students and educators head back to school after the winter holiday. Superintendent Cindy Marten and teachers union president Kisha Borden visited Penn Elementary in the Paradise Hills neighborhood today where they received their first COVID-19 tests of the new year. While campuses remain largely closed, a few high-needs students are receiving on-campus instruction. In partnership with UC San Diego, the school district is making sure all students and staff who are regularly on campus are getting tested once every two weeks.


Los Angeles school board could sue California over Newsom reopening plan
The Los Angeles Unified school board voted Tuesday to authorize the district to sue California over Gov. Gavin Newsom's new school reopening plan, escalating tension between the country's second largest school district and the governor. Following a closed session on Tuesday, the school board announced that it had unanimously "authorized the initiation of litigation against the State of California, state entities and public officials related to California's Safe Schools for All framework."

State Superintendent urges schools to use CARES Act dollars for student's mental health
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond says social isolation and the effects of COVID-19 have upended education in the California school system and is urging schools to use money allocated to them to invest in their student's mental health.  Thurmond said school districts' have $2 billion in CARES Act money to invest in the mental health and well-being of students and teachers.

Caught in a financial ‘triple squeeze,’ districts could see annual costs of $2,500 per student to address pandemic-related learning loss
Getting students to where they’d be academically if the pandemic hadn’t occurred could cost schools an average of $12,000 to $13,500 per student over the next five years, according to a new estimate that assumes most will need some additional learning time. Conducted by Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit consulting firm that works with districts on financial issues, the projections account for the kind of “high-dosage” tutoring needed for students who have fallen the furthest behind and hiring more staff devoted to schoolwide social-emotional learning efforts.

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