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Friday, September 18, 2020


COVID-19 update: Health officials want you to get a flu shot, too
The OC Health Care Agency wants you to get a flu shot. County health officials said Thursday that they’re looking to prevent the potentially devastating “double whammy” of influenza and COVID-19 cases on health systems by making sure residents have early and easy access to the flu vaccine.


Orange Unified announces starting dates for in-person instruction
The Orange Unified School District will begin in-person instruction for its students starting Sept. 28. The return to in-person instruction will happen in phases, with pre-K and some first-graders starting Sept. 28. Students will trickle back by grade level until the final group of high schoolers start Oct. 20. Orange Unified School District Superintendent Gunn Marie Hansen explained the reopening plan in a letter sent Wednesday, Sept. 16, to district families.

School clothes to be distributed to Anaheim kids
On Sept. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Angels Baseball Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs on Anaheim-Cypress will distribute school clothes to kids in our community. Kids will be provided pants, polos, socks, shoes and undergarments, as well as a Junior Angels Kids Club backpack and Angels gear and face coverings.


A dramatically diminished L.A. school police force under proposed cuts
Two months after a divided Los Angeles Unified school board slashed funding for its police department by more than a third, the contours of a dramatically diminished force emerged this week. Under a plan presented to the board on Tuesday, police officers would be removed from school campuses and weekend patrols meant to protect schools from vandalism would be eliminated, among other cuts.


LAUSD campuses with low enrollment get additional relief to save teachers
In the face of mounting pressure from parents and staff for Los Angeles Unified to suspend its annual practice of shuffling teachers around classrooms based on student enrollment, the superintendent announced on Thursday, Sept. 17, that the district will provide additional relief to schools this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Campuses slated to lose teachers due to low enrollment might still lose a position or two, but the district hopes to soften the blow by allowing schools to use carryover funds from last year to save some positions. 


Sacramento City Unified suddenly has a budget surplus. Will a state takeover be delayed?
The district is still in trouble down the road and will likely go insolvent. Mike Fine, chief executive officer at state's Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team, said it’s not a matter of if, but when.


SF private schools inch closer to reopening, but public schools may not return until January
If The San Francisco School, a private school which serves 285 preschoolers through eighth-graders in the Portola district, passes the inspection, it will be one of the first schools in the city to bring children in grades K-5 back to classrooms. It will be even harder for the city’s 118 traditional public schools, district officials said. Many buildings are old, with small classrooms and outdated ventilation systems or windows that don’t open. There are questions surrounding busing students as well as the need to negotiate agreements with the teachers union and other labor groups.


For California’s new head of special education, ‘nothing is insurmountable’
Special education in California may face vast challenges — funding shortfalls, teacher shortages and distance learning, to name a few — but Heather Calomese is undeterred. Calomese, the state’s newly appointed director of special education, has an ambitious vision to improve equity and outcomes for the state’s 800,000 students enrolled in special education.


General Shafter School is the first Kern County public school to open its doors for in-person instruction
If you close your eyes, Celeste Gonzalez’s kindergarten classroom sounds like a traditional kindergarten class. The General Shafter School teacher is conducting a lesson about counting numbers. Principal Sandra Johnson is gently reminding a student how to hold a pencil. Another student proudly announces “I’m done!” as he finishes his work page.


Conejo Valley, Moorpark school districts agree to apply for elementary school waivers
Two Ventura County public school districts took action Tuesday to apply for a waiver allowing for in-person learning. School boards for Moorpark and Conejo Valley unified school districts both unanimously voted to apply for an elementary school waiver at their respective meetings.


With Day Cares Shut And School Online, LA's Working Moms Are Carrying The Child Care Load
On June 23 at 1:35 p.m., Delilah Ballesteros finally sent an email she'd been thinking about for weeks. It starts: "After many prayers, I have decided that I won't be returning to work this school year." The recipient was the principal of Holy Trinity Elementary School in Atwater Village, where she taught fourth and fifth grade. "That was a hard decision to admit, 'OK, I'm a stay at home mom now,' because that's not what I wanted to be," Ballesteros said. "I wanted to be a working mom, but that's what my family needs right now."


Judge dismisses Perry’s retaliation lawsuit against Laguna Beach USD
A California federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by a Laguna Beach Unified school board member who claimed she was retaliated against by fellow school leaders, according to court records. U.S. District Court Judge James Selna dismissed with prejudice the complaint filed by Board member Dee Perry in December 2019. Selna had given Perry’s attorney three opportunities to amend her complaint to provide additional details of how she was mistreated. Those attempts were unsuccessful.


Experts Predict A Big Increase In High School Dropouts Is On The Horizon
During a year of unprecedented educational upheaval, experts are fearing that kids are going to start leaving school and not coming back.

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