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Tuesday, October 19, 2021


OCDE bullying prevention program promotes inclusivity and the power of ‘One’
More than 1 out of every 5 students will be bullied this year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. And while experts have reported that bullying decreased when schools were closed due to the pandemic, many say the return to school will almost certainly change that trend. With October recognized nationally as National Bullying Prevention Month, we reached out to OCDE’s Bullying Prevention team, who has been working to spread messages of unity, kindness and inclusion as students adapt to in-person instruction and new social situations on campuses throughout Orange County.


Vaccine mandate prompts school walkouts throughout OC, state
Some crowds were big, but some school districts said absences were normal for a Monday.


Parents in California protest student COVID-19 vaccine mandate, keep kids home
Groups of parents and children kept out of school in protest lined the sidewalk outside Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa on Monday, part of statewide demonstrations against California’s vaccination mandate for K-12 students.

Confronted with losing their jobs, 99% of LAUSD teachers meet COVID-19 vaccine requirements
Faced with getting a COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs, thousands of hesitant Los Angeles school-district employees opted for a last-minute jab, allowing them to access schools and offices on Monday.

Hundreds gather in Huntington Beach as part of statewide school walkout
Parents and children gathered at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach Monday morning to protest the state's school vaccine mandates for children. Ocean View School District reported no increase in staff absences Monday. But student absences were up 9.27% from the previous Monday, district public information manager Trish Montgomery said.


Placentia-Yorba Linda School Board May Ban Critical Race Theory After State Mandates Ethnic Studies
Ethnic studies will be taught in high schools across Orange County in the next four years, along with the rest of high schools throughout the state. Earlier this month, California became the first state to require high school students to take a semester-long ethnic studies course after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation mandating the course as a requirement beginning with the graduating class of 2029-30.


Stanford study finds why writing a letter to a teacher can turn around the lives of some students
Formerly incarcerated students who wrote letters to their teachers — describing their hopes and dreams, asking for a second chance — were less than half as likely as their peers to return to jail, a Stanford University study found. Researchers spent two years working with about 50 students in Oakland Unified who had spent time in the county’s juvenile justice system but had not yet returned to their regular schools.

Students, staff at mostly rural districts part of one-day vaccine protest
Thousands of California school staff and students didn’t attend school Monday in protest of a state order that requires all K-12 students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by July. Social media posts calling for a “school walkout” began circulating a few weeks ago. Some posts urged parents not to call their children in sick but rather to tell the school attendance office that their children were being kept out of school to protest the vaccine mandate.


Hacienda La Puente Unified puts unvaccinated school employees on unpaid leave
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District on Monday, Oct. 18, followed through on a Sept. 23 board of education edict that said all employees — including teachers — must be COVID-19 vaccinated by Oct. 15, by placing those who did not comply on unpaid leave. Dozens of protesters made their feelings known in front of the district office in Hacienda Heights.


Not on the menu: Halal, kosher options limited in California school lunches
While the state is the first to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, California schools aren’t required to provide meals that adhere to students’ religious or cultural beliefs. This has an especially big impact on Muslim students.

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