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Thursday, September 17, 2020


3 things to know about COVID-19 testing for students and school employees
Did you know there are more than 50 COVID-19 testing sites up and running in Orange County, and that educators can get tested for free, even if they’re asymptomatic? As a number of schools across Orange County finalize their plans to welcome back students, we recently checked in with the Orange County Health Care Agency for a quick rundown of what staff, students and families should know about COVID-19 testing. Here’s what we learned.


Garden Grove Unified reverses plans for returning to in-person instruction
Garden Grove Unified School District has reversed its reopening plans for starting in-person instruction next month. Orange County’s third largest district announced at its board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 15, that it will no longer plan on returning students to campuses in October. In a statement on behalf of the board and Superintendent Gabriela Mafi, the district said that “more parents than expected” want to continue with distance learning and parents want more specific information about reopening plans before a transition is scheduled.

Newport-Mesa group with teachers and parents are urging district to delay reopening plans for safety concerns
A group that includes teachers and parents in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District contends the district’s reopening plan is lacking necessary safety protocols as it prepares for in-class instruction. Newport-Mesa officials announced Friday the district’s schools would begin modified in-person learning on Sept. 29 for students in transitional kindergarten through the second grade and in special education classes, on Oct. 1 for students in grades three through six and on Oct. 12 for students in grades seven through 12.


As protests over systemic racism persist, schools find themselves in the middle
As protests over systemic racism persist, schools find themselves in the middle Teachers say the new civil rights movement seeks a fuller and more nuanced view of race in classrooms at a time when Sacramento-area schools are caught between Black Lives Matter protests and institutions struggling to adapt to the issues raised by the protests.

Schools are about to reopen. Many teachers, parents want to stay home
The Rocklin Teachers Professional Association announced Wednesday it was filing the grievance against the Rocklin Unified School District after the district announced plans to reopen its hybrid model next Monday.


For School Outbreaks, It’s When, Not If
That inevitability can feel frightening. But a case at your child’s school does not mean you should panic. And a classroom in quarantine, or a school forced to switch to remote learning, does not necessarily mean a district has failed. In fact, if your school is following an established pandemic procedure, it might mean things are working as planned. Here are a few questions and suggestions to help you calibrate your concern and weigh contingencies, based on our conversations with epidemiologists and public health experts.


San Jose Unified extends distance learning through December
The San Jose Unified School District on Wednesday announced it is extending distance learning through the end of the year, a decision officials say was influenced in part by COVID-19 case counts and inadequate testing and contact tracing. “This has been one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make as a district because we know in-person instruction is the best way to serve our students, and we are deeply disappointed that the conditions in our community do not allow us to safely bring our students back to school campuses at this time,” said Superintendent Nancy Albarrán in a letter.


Families face the demands of online and hybrid learning
In a continuing series, EdSource will be tracking families throughout the state — from the mountains of far Northern California to the urban hubs of San Diego and Los Angeles to the farm fields of the Central Valley and everywhere in between. We’ll find out what’s working, what’s not and how students and their families feel about the state of our K-12 public education system as it adapts to these tumultuous times.


Teachers contend with stress as distance learning endures
After a two-week sprint to set up her online classroom, a weekend spent in 100-degree lines and coming home to yet another argument between her three children, Lorraine Quinones shut her bedroom door, threw herself onto her bed and sobbed into her pillow.


County Explores ‘Learning Hubs’ As Option For Distance Learning Program
San Diego County will consider options for a child care/education program to help employees who have school-age children with distance learning, a supervisor's spokesperson said Wednesday. Supervisor Kristin Gaspar has proposed "learning hubs," that would "use city-owned spaces to provide community learning in partnership with community-based providers," according to her office.


'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids
There are more than 4 million public, private and charter school teachers in the United States. The typical teacher is a woman in her early 40s. Over the summer, NPR and Ipsos surveyed a national sample of teachers, and we found that about half had children under 18 at home. Of those, 57% agreed with the statement: "I cannot properly do my job from home while also taking care of my children."

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