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Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Google doodle honors OC civil rights icon who helped end school segregation
An Orange County civil rights pioneer who helped bring an end to forced segregation in California’s education system and paved the way for school integration across the United States is the subject of a Google doodle tribute. In the 1940s, Felicitas Mendez and her husband Gonzalo successfully fought for the right to enroll their children in a Westminster public school. Late Monday, her likeness appeared as an animated image on Google’s homepage in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which spans Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.


Newport-Mesa district sets dates for return to in-class instruction
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has decided its youngest students will transition back into some in-person instruction by the end of this month. Transitional kindergarten through second-grade students and students in special education classes, regardless of grade level, will begin modified in-person instruction Sept. 29, the school board recently voted. Students in grades three through six will start modified in-person instruction on Oct. 1, with students in grades seven through 12 following on Oct. 12.


LAUSD will require a negative COVID-19 test when it opens
All 80 school districts in Los Angeles County are closed to the general student population until at least November. But when the time comes, a coronavirus test will be a crucial part of the reopening process in the state’s largest school district.


How the first day went in a reopened Sacramento school
How the first day went in a reopened Sacramento school There were temperature checks for students and desks spread out. Hallways marked so students would only walk in one direction, cutting down on congestion. Everyone was in masks.


SF schools still closed, but city gives 800 kids a place to learn as parents cheer: 'A big, big relief'
Shashona Holmon couldn’t stop smiling as she dropped off her daughter Brooklynn at the Merced Heights Playground on Monday morning. For the first time in six months, Brooklynn Holmon, 9, left home to learn. They didn’t go to school. Instead they headed to their first day at a learning hub, a safe space for families struggling without child care since schools shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus.


School Closures Cut a Critical Line to Dental Care for Poor Students
Programs that allowed hygienists to visit schools to look for cavities and tooth decay have been suspended because of the pandemic. Students from low-income families may be hit the hardest.


Long Beach to offer socially distanced after-school program
The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Administration announced Monday, Sept. 14, that it will offer an after-school program for children ages 5 to 10 beginning in October. The Nature Detectives program will be located at the El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., and will have a small staff-to-attendee ratio and implement other enhanced safety protocols, city officials said.


Fearing distance learning, many parents opt for preschool instead of kindergarten
Many California parents are opting out of kindergarten this year, due to concerns about whether distance learning or attending school for the first time with strangers in masks will be good for children. Liz Coleman, an attorney who lives in Novato, in Marin County, north of San Francisco, agonized for weeks over whether to enroll her 5-year-old daughter Katie in kindergarten or keep her in the child care center she has been attending since she was a baby, first in a program for infants and toddlers, then in a preschool program for 3-5 year-olds.


State says schools can offer small learning pods. What Stanislaus districts are doing
Schools may work with cohorts, or pods, of no more than 14 children and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment in which all stay together for all activities including meals and breaks and avoid contact with people outside of their group.


LAUSD rolls out coronavirus testing, contact tracing program
The Los Angeles Unified School District has launched its highly anticipated COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program, an initiative which officials say is the first of its kind in the nation and one which they believe will facilitate a safer return to campus. After months of planning, the district has completed the trial phase of its program and will now test all employees currently working at LAUSD schools and their children, who will be placed in onsite childcare programs this week, officials announced Monday, Sept. 14.


Anneliese Schools reopen to students with state waiver
Anneliese Schools of Laguna Beach recently reopened two campuses to students after obtaining waivers from state and county health officials. The waivers were approved Sept. 6 by the California Department of Public Health to the elation of parents who have helped guide their children through distancing learning since March. Anneliese’s administration reopened classrooms in phases over three days last week, using an extensive list of state-approved protocols aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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