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Garden Grove moves to streamline access to mental health support
Garden Grove Unified has announced a new partnership aimed at increasing access to mental health services for the district’s approximately 41,000 students, along with their families and employees. Officials say they’re working with Care Solace, which offers a 24/7 concierge service and easy-to-use web platform to guide users through the process of finding individualized mental health resources and providers.


Middle and high school students at Capistrano Unified not likely to fully return to campuses
Middle and high school students at Orange County’s largest school district will likely not return to campus full-time when classes resume in the fall. Instead, some 26,700 students of Capistrano Unified School District will likely have two options: learn remotely full-time or attend classes on campus two and a half days a week, with the rest of their instruction done online.

Capistrano Unified plans to lay off 88 employees
Facing a potential $35 million cut in funding from the state for the next fiscal year, Capistrano Unified School District officials expect to lay off 88 of its nearly 4,500 employees. The district is proposing to eliminate 57 preschool instructional assistant positions as well as 10 preschool teachers. Other positions affected include staff providing mental and behavioral health services.


Huntington Beach Parents Continue to Fight Perry Elementary Closure
Huntington Beach parents are still fighting to reverse the closure of a school serving their district’s highest concentration of Latino and English-learning students, whose lives parents say will be upended once forced to transfer and commute elsewhere. Dozens gathered outside Joseph R. Perry Elementary School on Tuesday for a protest where children held up signs reading “Save my school” and demonstrators marched around the surrounding neighborhood.

Black Student Union Members from Garden Grove High Find Their Voice and Purpose
When Sanaii Agu was in seventh grade, she and her family made the move from Long Beach to Orange County where the differences between communities were too large to ignore. Agu went from living in a city that was diverse to an area where she and her older sister Heavyn were the only two Black girls at their middle school. Although Orange County has its own diverse neighborhoods in Santa Ana, Westminster and other cities, it was a culture shock to come to an area where only two percent of the population is Black.


LAUSD rejects proposal to defund school police, fails to agree on reforms
The Los Angeles school board reached a stalemate on the future of school police Tuesday, after a proposal to eliminate the department failed to pass alongside less aggressive bids for reform. The impasse came after hours of passionate public comment and vigorous debate among the Board of Education, weeks after activists began calling to defund the Los Angeles School Police Department and use the budget for socio-emotional needs of Black students — a demand backed by the teachers union.


San Francisco school board votes to cut ties with SFPD — armed cops out of schools
The San Francisco Unified School District will no longer partner with or fund the San Francisco Police Department, following an overwhelming vote on a resolution today by the city’s Board of Education. “It’s been a long time coming,” President Mark Sanchez said at Tuesday’s meeting.


Corona-Norco teachers protest early return to campus
About 100 Corona-Norco teachers took part in a coronavirus-era drive-by demonstration at school district headquarters Tuesday, June 23, to show displeasure with last week’s school board decision to return to campuses in August. Teachers — some of them parents of schoolchildren — gathered at the Corona-Norco Teachers Association office in Norco in late afternoon, then went to the Corona-Norco Unified School District office, where they slowly drove by in cars decorated with messages and held signs out the windows.


There’s a new lesson in California preschools — no sharing
Walk into a California preschool during the coronavirus pandemic, and you might see children playing alone inside their own hula hoop. Gone are family-style meals and snacks where children serve themselves. And no more sharing toys.

Child care changes in California during the pandemic
Child care programs are reopening in California with significant changes to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. These are some of the changes detailed in federal, state and county health and safety guidelines. Child care providers are expected to meet these guidelines to the extent feasible.


Masks on buses, fewer kids in class, no rallies. Modesto board gets schools update
Modesto City Schools staff sketched for board members Monday evening how the school year might look when it begins in August. But given how quickly the COVID-19 landscape still is changing, the picture they drew is more likely the equivalent of a single frame in an animated short. Changes will be evident even before students set foot on school grounds. Kids will be social-distanced “when possible” on buses, and will be required to wear masks and sanitize their hands as they board.


San Diego Teachers Reflect On Returning To The Classroom During The Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has posed enormous new challenges for teachers and their students. Now the San Diego Unified School District has announced it will start the new school year by giving parents the choice: send their child back to school, keep them at home to continue distance learning or a hybrid of the two.


What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns
When Arizona schools shut down in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Tatiana Laimit, a nurse in Phoenix, knew she needed a backup plan. Laimit is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl and had recently relocated to the area. She didn't have any friends or family nearby to ask for help. It was past 8 on a Friday night when she shot off an email to her local YMCA to ask if they were providing emergency care for the children of front-line workers. "And immediately [someone] responded and let me know, 'Yes.' "


State budget deal: Marin schools must reopen classrooms or risk funding
A new state budget agreement offers more money to Marin and California schools than was projected, but requires students return to in-classroom learning — except for specific coronavirus-related triggers. The details, contained in a budget trailer bill released late Monday night, reinforce Marin County’s plan announced last week to return to full five-day in-classroom instruction when the fall term starts in late August.

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