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COVID-19 update: Governor announces phased-in vaccination requirement for K-12 students 
Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a phased approach for requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 students, laying out a timeline that begins when federal officials grant full approval for doses to younger age groups. At a morning news conference, Newsom said the first phase of the mandate calls for students in grades seven through 12 who attend public or private schools in person to be vaccinated at the start of a new semester. But the requirement won’t kick in until after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifts its emergency use authorization and issues full and final approval to vaccines for children 12 to 15.

New book documents the bond between two families during OC school desegregation fight
A new book is set to tell the story of how two immigrant families intersected on the path to desegregating public schools in Orange County and across California. “The Kindness of Color” is written and self-published by Janice Munemitsu, whose rich family history is intertwined with one of the state’s most far-reaching court cases, Mendez, et al v. Westminster. Noting that next year marks the 75th anniversary of its resolution, the author said she wanted to commemorate the groundbreaking case in the first book of its kind for high school students and adults.


Where did all the school buses go? Some parents want them back
Like roadside diners and picket fences, yellow school buses evoke a warm sense of Americana. But those buses are becoming rarities, as fewer Orange County school districts offer busing. And those that still do offer bus rides generally charge hundreds of dollars for the service. Getting kids to and from school may seem part and parcel to public education. However, California neither obliges nor bankrolls school busing except in special cases, such as for children with learning disabilities.

School vaccine mandate cranks up strong feelings in Orange County
Some parents say it's about time. Others are outraged. Still others are afraid for the youngest kids.


Clovis parents won’t be able to watch school board meetings live online. Here’s why
Clovis Unified parents who have been watching school board meetings online will now have to attend meetings in person if they want to participate.


Inside one California school's approach to reading as a 'civil right'
For Richmond’s Nystrom Elementary School, students’ longstanding struggle with reading is not only an academic issue but one about civil rights. The Bay Area school began the year with a proclamation that acknowledges that systemic racism has led to disproportionate outcomes in reading skills for children of color for generations. It asserts that every student is capable of reading and that it’s the school’s responsibility to ensure every child leaves Nystrom a skilled reader.

California to require Covid vaccine for all students, Newsom says
All California students and school staff will be required to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as January 2022, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. The mandate, the nation’s first, applies to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade in public, charter and private schools, and all school employees. It goes into effect in the first semester, either Jan. 1 or July 1, following the Federal Drug Administration’s full approval of the Covid vaccine for each age group.


School districts raise pay for substitute teachers amid dire shortage
School districts in Kern County are working to lure substitute teachers with higher pay and bonuses during a year with a shallow pool of teachers and historic demand.


With wellness centers, here's how Ventura County schools are addressing students' mental health
Despite the fanfare and celebration around Ventura County students coming back to campuses for in-person learning this school year, administrators are keenly aware it's not quite "back to normal."


California parents cheer and jeer vaccine mandate for kids
Parents in California on Friday had mixed reactions to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for schoolchildren after they gain final federal approval.

LA teachers approve COVID-19-related agreement
Some 97% of United Teachers of Los Angeles members voting approved an agreement with the LA Unified School District to extend COVID-19 safety protocols and support for online learning, union officials announced. The balloting took place Thursday through Saturday, and 15,791 ballots were cast, union officials said. There were 15,344 yes votes and 447 no votes, the union announced Saturday.

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