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Friday, September 11, 2020


Santa Ana school board has no date for the start of in-person instruction
Santa Ana Unified School District leaders have yet to set a day for when students might be returning to its campuses for in-person learning. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Orange County was dropped a tier on the state’s coronavirus tracking system, which in turn set Sept. 22 for when schools should be allowed to start in-person learning, if current positive trends in health conditions continue. But several districts are holding back on setting opening dates to further watch what happens with the spread of the virus. The Santa Ana school board met Tuesday and discussed the updates, but no timetable has been established.


Schools in L.A. County will not be allowed to fully reopen until at least November
No campus in Los Angeles County will be allowed to reopen to all K-12 students until at least November, although schools can begin to offer small in-person classes for children with special needs at no more than 10% of capacity at one time, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday.


Chula Vista Elementary approves COVID-19 testing program for students and staff
Chula Vista Elementary, San Diego County’s fourth-largest school district, will launch a voluntary COVID-19 testing program for students and staff, to help control and monitor the spread of coronavirus. On Wednesday night the Chula Vista School Board unanimously approved a partnership with Irvine-based firm Kahala Biosciences to administer an initial round of antibody tests, then routine COVID-19 testing every two weeks to students and staff who opt into the testing program. The program is free to the district.


First students back at Palo Alto schools for in-person support program
Like many of her peers, Kaliopeta Taufalele, a 17-year-old senior, found it difficult to transition to online school. She skipped classes, turned her online camera off or simply didn’t turn in assignments during the previous school year as her family dealt with the financial impact of the pandemic and struggled to keep the lights on at times. But now Taufalele will go through Zoom classrooms, break-out groups and online assignments like the rest of her peers while at school as part of a new in-person support program that began this week at Palo Alto’s middle and high schools.


LBUSD to continue distance learning through end of January, at least, because of coronavirus
The Long Beach Unified School District will continue with online classes through Jan. 28 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the district’s superintendent announced Thursday, Sept. 10. “One of the hardest things about navigating through this pandemic is that we cannot see its end,” Superintendent Jill Baker said in a video message. “The never-ending feeling is hard on all of us as we try to make decisions in the best interest of our students, while protecting everyone’s health and safety.”


CSU Chancellor announces 23 campuses to remain virtual for spring term
Most California State University classes will continue to be held online for the spring term that begins in January 2021, with fewer students living on campus than normal, Chancellor Timothy P. White said Thursday, in a letter to the 23-campus community.

Gov. Newsom names attorney for dual role as adviser, state education board executive director
Gov. Gavin Newsom has named Brooks Allen, a former civil rights attorney and staff counsel for the State Board of Education, to the dual role of the state board’s next executive director and education policy adviser to the governor.


How Is Distance Learning Going At Sac City Schools? Depends Who You Ask.
Children in the Sacramento City Unified School District started the school year with no clear plan for distance learning during the pandemic, following an impasse between the teachers union and administrators over a contract. As a result, schooling got off to a rocky start for many of the district’s 42,000 students and their families. But parents say the online learning experience varies from school-to-school.

The Kids Are All Right
What do kids want to talk about when it's just them and their thoughts? That's the question NPR's education team has set out to answer with the Student Podcast Challenge since it launched last year. Back then, we aired some of the best podcasts on a Code Switch episode called "Dispatches From The School Yard."


Hundreds of California schools receive waivers for in-person instruction
More than 400 schools across California have received waivers that allow for in-person instruction to begin instead of distance learning. The waiver is only available for grades TK through sixth.

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