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COVID-19 update: CIF Southern Section announces two-season calendar set to start in December
OCDE and local school districts continue to track the latest developments related to the COVID-19 respiratory illness while following guidance from the Orange County Health Care Agency, the California Department of Public Health and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below is our running digest, with newer stories posted at the top.


CIF Southern Section revised high school sports calendar for 2020-21
The CIF Southern Section released its revised sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year on Monday, July 20. Instead of the sports seasons being broken up into three seasons that run from August to June, there will be two seasons (Fall and Spring) that run from mid-December to late June.

More Orange County districts cancel plans for in-person graduation
Districts across Orange County are canceling their plan to hold in-person graduation ceremonies in July or August, as the state continues to restrict large gatherings and the coronavirus has been spreading faster locally. In a recent statement, the Orange Unified School District said its graduation ceremonies at Fred Kelly Stadium planned for the end of July will not happen. Laguna Beach Unified School District had planned to hold an in-person graduation event on July 27. But officials canceled the plan because of the current restrictions from the state.


When will Bay Area schools reopen for in-person instruction? Here are the criteria California counties must meet
A new order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday will require most districts across the state to begin the school year with remote learning until certain thresholds are met in each county. Here’s what we know about how schools will be allowed to reopen in the fall. Counties must be off the state watch list for 14 days. Here are the criteria that put a county on the watch list:


What went into decision to delay California’s high school sports? CIF executive director discusses
Ron Nocetti said the biggest challenge has been the seemingly endless change. It’s been that way for the California Interscholastic Federation’s executive director since the coronavirus wiped out the state basketball championships in mid-March. The latest change was a doozy as the CIF — the state’s governing body for high school athletics — announced Monday that it was postponing fall sports until winter and combining winter and spring sports in hopes of finally finding daylight from the coronavirus’ lingering darkness.


California districts can seek waiver for elementary schools from ban on in-school instruction
Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t mention it in his hour-long press conference on Friday, but new state guidelines banning in-school instruction in counties on a monitoring list for coronavirus infections includes a waiver provision that could exempt elementary schools. On Friday, hours after Newsom released his guidelines, Santa Clara County’s superintendent of public schools and the director of public health sent out a letter inviting public and private school officials to apply for the waiver.

California high school sports put on hold until at least December
High School fall sports will be put on hold in California as coronavirus cases surge and most districts opt to continue distance learning, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Monday. Though it is up to each of the CIF’s 10 regional “sections” to decide when to start and end their sports seasons, most sections likely won’t start their sports programs until December or January, according to a CIF news release. Most will likely move to a two-season system combining winter and spring sports into the same season.


LAUSD expanding community-centered education model districtwide
The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Monday, July 20, that it’s continuing an effort to put local leaders at the heart of education in each of the 40 communities which it serves. “This transition to the community is an important one which will take time to fully realize,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner, in his weekly address on Monday. “But all involved are convinced it’s the right direction and the early signs are quite encouraging.”


For California Child Care Workers, Inequality Is Baked Into The System
The child care workforce is mostly made up of women of color who aren't paid very much — a little over $10 an hour on average nationally, according to one study. But California child care providers could be on the verge of getting help in their fight for higher wages. This week, balloting is wrapping up in a month-long vote to unionize child care workers. If the state's providers vote to join the union, Child Care Providers United, it will mark a significant turning point in decades of trying to organize child care workers — and in efforts overall to change a system rooted in inequality.


San Diego Teachers, Parents, Students Brace For More Remote Learning
Teachers, students and parents across San Diego County are preparing to start the new school year from home. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom rolled out new school guidelines which means all local public and private schools will be prohibited from reopening unless more is done to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Remote learning has been a major challenge for parents who are juggling working from home and at the same time dealing with their kids' online schooling.


When It Comes To Screens, Kids Need A Guide — Not A Disciplinarian
There's an experiment Sonia Livingstone had always dreamed of doing. She's a social psychologist at the London School of Economics who researches children and media. And her dream experiment was this: "Let's turn off the outside world and see how it is if you've only got the technology." During the pandemic, it kind of happened.

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