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Children join in the annual Walk to School Day
Darth Vader and a Star Trooper did it. Then McGruff the Crime Dog and Santa Ana police officers participated. Before long, students at McFadden Institute of Technology joined in and everyone was celebrating International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. Students walked alongside the movie characters and Santa Ana police while getting exercise and carrying signs to alert drivers to be safe around schools. The event educates students about staying alert when walking or biking in their neighborhoods and encourages healthy exercise habits among children and families.


Parents sue state alleging Black and Latinx students are harmed by disciplinary practices
Black and Latinx students are disproportionately harmed by the state’s failure to exert oversight and take action against some school district disciplinary practices, including transferring students to alternative and often inferior programs, according to a lawsuit.


Clovis parents urge school board to fight California’s new student vaccination mandate
Clovis Unified parents and community members asked the city’s school board to defy state coronavirus orders Wednesday night, during the first board meeting since Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school children.


Changes to California's youth prison system prove difficult to implement
California sought to reform its juvenile justice system by housing young people closer to their communities in facilities that are intended to replace the youth prisons run by the Department of Juvenile Justice. If Los Angeles County’s experience is any indication, making that shift is more difficult than expected.

As students with disabilities return to classrooms, education department updates guidance
Schools must continue providing high-quality services to students with disabilities, regardless of whether those students are learning at school, at home or a combination of both, according to new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Education. The detailed, 41-page guidance covers everything from mask requirements to parent meetings for individualized education programs, which set academic and developmental goals for students enrolled in special education.


Hundreds of families crowd Stanislaus education office to protest student vaccine mandate
Hundreds of families crowded sidewalks outside the Stanislaus County Office of Education on Wednesday morning to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that eligible students must get vaccinated for COVID-19 pending full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The county education office has no control over the statewide mandate, which on Friday became the first such requirement in the country and applies to public and private schools.


LAUSD participates in Walk to School and Clean Air Day events
Officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District greeted students at Magnolia Elementary School in Central LA during Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6. This year is the 25th National Walk to School Day. About 2,400 events According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, it is registered nationwide. Later, LAUSD Interim Director Megan Riley participated in reading at Sammy Lee Elementary School Medical Health Science Magnet Elementary School. Reading was part of an event celebrating California Clean Air Day, also on Wednesday.


Pasadena youth, police, leaders celebrate National Walk and Bike to School Day
The activity to bring awareness to the barriers preventing families from utilizing more environmentally friendly methods of travel to class.


San Diego's plan to keep schools safe in 'active shooter' event
A return to in-person learning at schools across San Diego County renews the possibility of a violent threat on campuses. Before the pandemic, San Diego County officials were already at work on a new safety plan.


Pfizer asks US to allow COVID shots for kids ages 5 to 11
Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 in what would be a major expansion that could combat an alarming rise in serious infections in youngsters and help schools stay open.

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