Previous Week
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Next Week
Wednesday, May 13, 2020


Student filmmakers honored in contest that highlights mental health, suicide prevention
Dozens of mental health videos produced by students from Orange County schools have earned regional honors in the Directing Change Program and Film Contest, and four have been selected to advance to a statewide round of judging. Established in 2013, the contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and supports statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, and promote the mental health and wellness of students.


Read My Lips: Newport Beach teenagers launch nonprofit mask service
The Dastgheib and Dietrick sisters have been developing masks for the deaf community that have a clear window in the mouth area.


Fresno-area high school seniors can ‘graduate twice’ as schools work around coronavirus
Fresno Unified high school seniors will get a chance to “graduate twice - virtually and in person,” Superintendent Bob Nelson said this week in an online forum. School officials have said traditional commencement ceremonies in June are not possible in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered schools and businesses in March. But Fresno-area schools are working on plans to honor graduating seniors in a series of virtual celebrations and have promised a traditional commencement in the future.


Student anxiety, depression increasing during school closures, survey finds
School closures were intended to keep students safe during the pandemic, but for many, it has ushered in a different set of dangers: anxiety, depression and other serious mental health conditions. School counselors, psychologists and social workers have been trying to help students virtually since campuses closed, listening to their struggles and offering advice on how to navigate the complex difficulties they’re facing. But what students need most right now — in-person support — is impossible to deliver, they said.

Democrats ask for $12 billion for special education in next coronavirus bill
Fearing that special education students will fall substantially behind their peers as a result of prolonged school closures and distance learning, a group of Democratic U.S. Senators is asking for almost $12 billion in the next federal coronavirus aid bill to be earmarked for those students.

First in nation, California State University to close campuses for in-person instruction this fall
Exceptions will be made for labs and nursing classes, but they will have restrictions.


'How Can I Help You?' Schools Try To Reach Students Struggling With Mental Health During Coronavirus
Even before the pandemic, thousands of Los Angeles Unified students were depending on the district for mental health support. And it's clear that the need for those services during the coronavirus crisis is huge — and growing. With school campuses closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, districts like LAUSD now have to provide students mental health services remotely. But without face-to-face interaction with counselors or teachers, who are often the first to see signs of students in crisis, effectively connecting with struggling students has proven challenging.

If LA's Kids Keep Skipping Routine Vaccinations, We Might Have More Than A COVID-19 Outbreak To Worry About
Fewer Los Angeles kids have been vaccinated against diseases like measles and whooping cough since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In January and February, the number of immunizations in L.A. County were about the same as in 2019. In March, kids ages 0 to 18 received 55% of the number of vaccine doses as the previous year. By April, it was down to 39%.


Sacramento Students Might Earn An Easier ‘A’ Under Distance Learning
It may soon be easier for students to get an “A’ in Sacramento City Unified School District’s distance learning model, but administrators say a more relaxed grading structure will motivate students.  In general, the district’s changes make it so that no student can receive a lower grade, even if they do not participate in distance learning. But students who do log on will have the opportunity to raise grades.


Saturday classes? July start? Schools mull ways to make up lost time
When students return to school after a lengthy pandemic-induced absence, the consensus is they will have lost significant academic ground. Still unresolved for governments and educators are the questions of how — or even whether — teachers should try to make up for lost learning.

Dr. Fauci Warns Schools May Not Be Ready to Reopen in August; Says Any Hopes for Coronavirus Treatments by Fall May Be ‘Bridge Too Far’
All roads back to work and back to school run through [coronavirus] testing,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander at a Tuesday committee hearing that featured the testimony of several public-health officials in addressing issues around the nation safely getting back to jobs and classrooms. Questions surrounding the reopening of college campuses and K-12 school districts arose time and again during Tuesday’s hearing, which featured Dr. Anthony Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Admiral Brett Giroir, testing czar at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

DISCLAIMER: This Internet site contains hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for your convenience. The Orange County Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links to particular items in hypertext are not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.