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3 things to know about homeless education services in Orange County
According to the latest certified data from the California Department of Education, about 6 percent — or approximately 25,400 students in Orange County — were identified as youth who do not have permanent homes. And while it’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has produced financial challenges for many people across the world, the public health crisis continues to pose unique risks for youth and families experiencing homelessness.

Native American Heritage Month forum to share personal stories, insight and historic perspectives
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.


$600,000 donation brings help for homeless at Huntington Beach High
Even at a school where the dominant images seem to be of affluence and privilege, Huntington Beach High, homelessness is a real problem. Though the school includes some of the nation’s wealthier ZIP codes, some of Huntington Beach High’s 3,000 students live at motels, in trailers parked in a relative’s driveway or RV’s that settle overnight in a Walmart parking lot. Their families rent space in garages, cram into living rooms or bedrooms in apartments with other families. Some sleep in cars. Some couch surf.

Status Update: Mentors needed to guide 300 high school students
Mentors are needed to help high school students prepare for life beyond graduation. Orange County United Way is seeking volunteers to help with its Class of 2022 Campaign, mentoring 300 high school seniors from Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. “This year, even though school is back in person, the need for additional support for graduating seniors is still great,” OC United Way said in a statement. “This past year, 2,700 Orange County high school students did not graduate.”

Former players show support for Mater Dei, Rollinson after report of hazing that left football player with brain injury
Mater Dei was a day away from a CIF Southern Section Division I championship game showdown with Servite and a shot at a third national title in five years. But a game that had sold out within a matter of hours this week will be played against the backdrop of growing calls for Bruce Rollinson’s and Mater Dei principal Frances Clare’s firings following an Orange County Register report detailing the coach and school’s handling of a violent hazing incident earlier this year. A current Mater Dei player punched a teammate, 50 pounds lighter than him, three times in the face during a hazing ritual called Bodies on Feb. 4 while other Monarchs players shouted racial epithets at the smaller player, according to two videos of the altercation obtained by the Register.


Girls Inc. of Orange County helps make college accessible for local girls
Beckman High School senior Iris Shen admits without the help of Girls Inc. of Orange County’s Grad Lab program, she might have turned in her college applications a little late. “They kept me on time because when I started with the program everyone at my school was already going to teachers for their essays, and I was like, ‘Oh I didn’t start my essay yet,’” said Shen. “Having Girls Inc. and College Bound giving me deadlines, it kept me on track.” The College Bound program at Girls Inc. of Orange County is designed to reach local girls at all points on their road to higher education.


More OC School Boards Oppose Student Vaccine Mandates
Local school boards are increasingly pushing back against an expected vaccine mandate for students after waves of parents have been protesting the mandate since it was announced last month. Earlier this month, the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on a resolution for the state to reconsider requiring students to be vaccinated to go to classrooms. “I’m not necessarily anti-vax. I believe in people being able to make the right decisions about themselves and their children. We have other safety measures in place,” said Trustee Jack Souders. “They’re already wearing masks in the classroom.”


How new ‘learning centers’ allow some Placer County parents to avoid school vaccine mandate
Weeks after COVID-19 vaccine mandates were announced for California children, some parents began looking for alternate ways to educate their children. Liberty Learning, a faith-based alternative K-12 learning center in Roseville, will open on Jan. 10. It is one of the latest programs to pop up amid parent frustration over the state of public schools in California, along with opposition to mandates for vaccines and masks in the classroom.


With new math approach, San Diego Unified moves away from regular standardized testing
The traditional ways of teaching math have not been working, San Diego Unified officials say. Years ago the district surveyed students and found that many of them couldn’t explain what their answers meant or why they were learning the math concepts.

How did COVID affect school districts’ bottom lines?
Most school districts ended last school year with surpluses, largely thanks to federal and state COVID aid, according to preliminary year-end financial reports analyzed by the San Diego County Office of Education.


No chicken patties for lunch? Southern California schools grapple with supply-chain shortages
Supply chain issues are forcing Southern California school districts to reimagine their menus to compensate for current and expected shortages of popular food items. Hamburgers. Chicken patties. These and other lunchtime staples have been increasingly difficult to come by lately. With labor shortages worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, the food production and distribution industries are hurting, and bottlenecks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are delaying the offloading of all sorts of cargo. As one San Bernardino County district puts it, with longtime vendors burdened with requests from multiple school systems, demand for certain items is currently higher than supply.


What to know about Sacramento city schools' COVID-19 vaccine requirement
The Sacramento City Unified School District joined a handful of California school districts — including Los Angeles and San Diego, the state’s two largest — in announcing a vaccine mandate last month.


Court Temporarily Halts San Diego Unified’s Vaccine Mandate Over Religion Challenge
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a last-minute injunction Sunday temporarily preventing the San Diego Unified School District‘s COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in December. The court said the injunction would be in place until the school district removes an exemption for pregnant students. The exemption is allowed even though the vaccines have been shown to be safe for pregnancy. Judge Sandra Segal Ikuta noted in the order that the district treats students “seeking relief from the vaccination mandate for secular reasons more favorably than students seeking relief for religious reasons.”

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