Previous Week
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Next Week
Tuesday, November 23, 2021


Here’s what parents need to know about fentanyl
Fatal drug overdoses have surged in recent years, driven by the explosion of a synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. What makes fentanyl so dangerous is its potency — and the fact that many of its victims have no idea they’re even taking fentanyl. “A lot of it is accidental,” says Stephen Lambert, coordinator of prevention education in OCDE’s Student Achievement and Wellness Unit. “Young people believe they’re misusing medications like oxycodone or pain relievers, or anxiety medications like Xanax, but in fact they’re counterfeit pills tainted by fentanyl.”

New speakers added: Virtual forum to explore Native American histories, cultures
A virtual forum presented by the Orange County Department of Education will celebrate the deep histories, dynamic cultures and enduring contributions of Native Americans and explore how educational systems can more purposely meet the needs of Indigenous students. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares will host the latest in a series of online colloquiums based on the theme “Know My Name, Face and Story” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30.


About 44,000 LAUSD students miss first vaccine deadline and risk losing in-person classes
Close to 80% of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are on track to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, school district officials announced Monday.


Southern California schools rethink Thanksgiving lessons
A viral video that showed a math teacher hopping around her classroom in a mock Native American headdress spread outrage not just in Southern California, but across the country.


Benefits of early math experiences add up
While literacy is often seen as a cornerstone to scholastic achievement, and many parents devote a lot of time and energy into nurturing their small child’s love of reading, studies show that mathematical reasoning ability may be even more crucial as a building block for success in school and beyond. That’s why experts say more attention should be paid to early numeracy in childhood. When children understand early math concepts before they enter kindergarten, research shows, they perform better on math and reading tests in later years. But many children enter kindergarten already behind in math, at least partly because some parents lack confidence in their own math skills.

Thurmond wants more gender-neutral bathrooms in schools
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond would like to increase the number of gender-neutral bathrooms on California school campuses. The superintendent announced last week that he will form a committee comprised of students, school staff and community organizations to make recommendations about how to best expand gender-neutral bathrooms in schools.

Two California schools win national honors for academic achievement
Two schools in California, one in Marin County and one in Shasta County, were honored as national “distinguished schools” for their students’ academic improvements and achievement. Hall Middle School in Larkspur-Corte Madera School District in Marin and West Valley High School in Anderson Union High School District in Shasta County were honored under the National Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Scripps Ranch High student asks appeals court for injunction against vaccine mandate
A 16-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student and her parents who sued to block the San Diego Unified School District's COVID-19 vaccine mandate are asking an appeals court to issue an injunction blocking the requirement by next Monday when students will need to have taken their first vaccine dose. The suit filed last month in San Diego federal court on behalf of the family — identified as John, Jane and Jill Doe in the complaint — stated that the high school junior's religious beliefs — specifically her opposition to abortion — prohibit her from getting the vaccine.


Parents are scrambling after schools suddenly cancel class over staffing and burnout
Two weeks' notice: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina voted on Oct. 28 to close schools on Nov. 12 for a "day of kindness, community and connection." Five days' notice: On the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 17, Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan announced that schools would be closed the following Monday and Tuesday, extending Thanksgiving break for a full week. The district cited rising COVID-19 cases and staff shortages.


The pandemic exposed the severity of academic divide along race and class: New 2021 data on math and reading progress reveal it’s only gotten worse
Despite promises to focus on the growing racial and income divide among the nation’s students, new fall testing data show academic gaps have worsened, falling heaviest on some of the most vulnerable children. While education researchers have sounded the alarm for more than a year — that pandemic learning hurts low-income students and students of color most severely — recent scores suggest education solutions cannot come fast enough.

LAUSD: 79% of students have met deadline for first dose of COVID vaccine
Roughly 79% of eligible Los Angeles Unified students have met the district's deadline to receive their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, the district announced Monday, but officials said they hope the percentage will increase as more students load information into the district's electronic reporting system. Under the district's vaccine mandate, students aged 12 and up were required to receive their first dose by Sunday, and their second by Dec. 19.

DISCLAIMER: This Internet site contains hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links are provided for your convenience. The Orange County Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links to particular items in hypertext are not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.