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Tuesday, January 12, 2021


COVID-19 update: County seeks local volunteers to help with vaccine distribution
The County of Orange is seeking volunteers who will be able to assist with vaccinations at future distribution sites. Those interested can register through OneOC, which brings nonprofit organizations and companies together to serve the community. County officials say they’re looking to establish two teams of volunteers. Those with medical licenses will be able to assist with vaccine preparation and distribution. Candidates for this role include physicians, nurses, nursing students, dentists, medical assistants, paramedics and EMTs. General support volunteers are also needed to help with logistics, data entry, registration and other necessary functions.


L.A. students must get COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available for them, Beutner says
Once COVID-19 vaccines are available to children, Los Angeles students will have to be immunized before they can return to campus, Supt. Austin Beutner said Monday. Beutner however, did not suggest that campuses remain closed until then. Instead, he said, the state should set standards for reopening all schools, clearly justify the directives, and then require campuses to open when the standards are achieved.


LAUSD, labor leaders say state’s COVID school-reopening plan falls short
Los Angeles Unified School District officials and labor leaders are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to beef up his proposed “Safe Schools for All” reopening plan to reflect the disproportionate impact months of COVID-19-related distance learning has had on students in low income communities.


Charter School Backs Off Push to Reopen After Ultimatum to Teachers
As North County school districts struggle to reopen amid teacher resistance, even an Escondido charter school system with total autonomy pushed back reopening school for in-person instruction after teachers rejected direction to return to the classroom this month. Families of over 5,500 students from transitional kindergarten to high school who attend Classical Academy charter schools in Escondido, Vista and Oceanside were originally given the option to return to school on Jan. 19 until school leaders pulled back on those plans Friday.


Coronavirus Path Forward: Governor wants schools open as soon as it’s safe – when will that be?
This year brings a ray of hope for California parents like Kate Gude, who has watched with mounting worry as her four kids suffer social isolation and reduced instruction time from online learning in Los Gatos schools, where classrooms have been closed because of the pandemic since last March.


Clovis teachers says district is rushing students back to campuses. Will they unionize?
Before the school year started, Clovis Unified School District officials said teachers would have the choice to either return to in-person teaching or continue to work remotely. That position shifted as more students began to return to campuses.


California schools would get more money than ever in Newsom’s budget, but can they open?
His budget would steer $85.8 billion to K-14 schools next year, a sum that’s billions of dollars more than required by law. He’s also calling on legislators to act on $2 billion immediately to help schools reopen next month.


Beach cities school districts delay going back to campus until February
Some South Bay school districts are pushing younger students’ return campuses to next month. Both the Manhattan Beach Unified and Hermosa City school districts will postpone the return to campuses of students in transitional kindergarten through second grade until February. It's a second delay for some districts as holiday surges remain concerning.

Torrance school board pauses in-person instruction, following county’s recommendation, amid coronavirus surge
Torrance Unified School District has stopped in-person instruction for younger students, following Los Angeles County public health officials urging schools to “maximize online and remote instruction until Feb. 1” — amid a devastating coronavirus surge.


UCSD Report Finds Youth Using E-Cigs Three Times As Likely To Be Daily Smokers
An analysis of a national study by UC San Diego researchers published Monday found starting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes before the age of 18 is a major risk factor for people becoming daily cigarette smokers. In the report, published in Monday's online edition of Pediatrics, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science researchers found in 2014 people ages 12 to 24 using e-cigarettes were three times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers in the future.


Newsom’s school reopening plan puts tight deadlines on districts, legislature
The record $89.5 billion education budget Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled Friday includes $2 billion in grants aimed at nudging schools to reopen classrooms for its youngest students by mid-February and $4.6 billion for summer school to address students’ learning. The governor’s push to reopen schools, though, comes as many of the state’s large, urban districts have delayed or scaled back plans for in-person learning amid the state’s worst surge in coronavirus cases since the pandemic initially closed schools almost a year ago.


OC Schools Seek Supplies for Children Experiencing Homelessness
Elida Sanchez, a social services liaison for the McKinney-Vento District within the Santa Ana Unified School District, recently called the family of a student who has been absent from virtual learning for several days. “Good morning, this is Elida Sanchez from Santa Ana Unified School District speaking. How are you? Happy New Year,” said Sanchez. Sanchez and a team within the district help school leaders identify students who are experiencing homelessness, whether they’re staying in a shelter with their families, renting rooms in homes with other families, sleeping in their car, or are on their own.

Key to preventing children’s learning loss — and social regression — during COVID-19 school closures: Support from family and peers, study finds
As researchers around the world attempt to quantify the effect of COVID-19 shutdowns on student learning, a report from England suggests the most important factor is one that usually isn’t measured — the support children receive from the adults and other kids in their lives. The study, drawn from more than 900 in-person visits to schools and day care providers, showed that the students who suffered most weren’t necessarily economically disadvantaged, but rather those who had poor support structures.

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