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COVID-19 update: State health officials issue new guidance for large events
New guidance from the California Department of Public Health will lower the threshold for what’s considered a “Mega Event,” a designation that triggers added safety protocols. Starting Jan. 15, a Mega Event will be defined as a gathering or activity that draws more than 500 attendees indoors or 5,000 attendees outdoors, according to CDPH guidance posted on Dec. 31. The older definition, which expires on Jan. 14, set the bar at more than 1,000 guests for indoor events and 10,000 or more outdoor attendees.


COVID-19 case rates climb in students and teachers across local districts, mirroring county
Cases have jumped significantly in coastal O.C. school districts in just the first week since many returned to classes after winter break.

Omicron stresses schools across California to the limit as they fight to stay open
With students returning from winter break, schools across California are fighting to stay open amid severe staffing shortages, high student absences and infection rates fueled by the record-breaking surge of the Omicron variant.


School Absences, Anger in OC as Hunt for COVID-19 Tests Turns Up Fruitless For Many
Kids are increasingly staying home from school in some Orange County neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic, with one school district seeing absences nearly six times higher than usual for elementary students. It also comes as a holiday COVID-19 surge has residents in a desperate and often fruitless or costly scramble to find tests so they can return to work or warn exposed loved ones.


Surge and sickout: 20% of S.F. educators absent as district struggles to supervise classrooms
Nearly 900 San Francisco teachers and aides were not in their classrooms Thursday, a significant increase in absences over the previous day, deepening a crisis that’s been unfolding since Monday.


California education issues to watch in 2022 — and predictions of what will happen
The 2021-22 school year was supposed to have been a rebound to normalcy, with Covid in the rearview mirror. Instead, midway through, the year has been “shock and overload,” with teachers and administrators “working harder and losing ground,” as Mike Kirst, former president of the State Board of Education, put it. Not for everyone in every school, but the overall picture ahead is equally dreary. Students are struggling, teachers are tired, and many parents are disgruntled.

High Covid rates, staff shortages and confusing legislation challenge schools' reopenings
California’s schools are reopening after the holiday break amid a sharp spike in Covid cases and test scarcity, but some school officials are concerned that outbreaks and staffing shortages will make it difficult to stay open in the coming weeks.


Sacramento City schools superintendent discusses district response to COVID-19 surge, update on vaccine mandate
Over 40,000 students returned to Sacramento City Unified schools this week amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases. The first day of school saw at least 500 students quarantining after reporting positive test results during the holiday break. Hilary McLean, a spokesperson for SCUSD, said more than 1,200 of about 18,000 COVID-19 tests conducted between Jan. 3 to Jan. 5 across the district came back positive — almost 7% positivity rate among students and staff.


Marin eases COVID rule on school event spectators
After barring all spectators from indoor school events this week for COVID-19 safety reasons, Marin officials said Thursday they would allow up to 50 parents to attend games and performances.

Orange County receives less than half of COVID-19 tests for students from state
The Los Alamitos School District and the Capistrano Unified School District will be handing out free COVID-19 at-home tests kits for some of their students tomorrow. However, it's not as much as they had hoped. The California Dept. of Public Health delivered less than half of the nearly 457,000 at-home COVID-19 testing kits promised to the Orange County Dept. of Education, which is tasked with distributing the tests to school districts and charter schools countywide. Orange County Dept. of Education spokeswoman Nichole Pichardo told Spectrum News that the county on Wednesday only received 191,376 antigen test kits – 42% of what was expected.

Oakland teachers plan ‘sickout’ protest as omicron cases surge
A group of Oakland teachers and staff are planning to call in sick on Friday to bring attention to their safety demands as students return to school in the midst of another COVID surge. The action, which has not been authorized by the Oakland Education Association teachers’ union, follows similar demonstrations from teachers around the country who are protesting conditions in their schools. Teachers said the goal of their sickout is to compel OUSD leadership to meet with them and address their safety concerns.

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