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VIDEO: Native American Heritage Month forum shares personal stories, insight and historic perspectives
A virtual forum presented by OCDE on Tuesday shared the personal stories, insight and historical perspectives of six distinguished Native American scholars and leaders. In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares hosted the latest in a series of online colloquiums reflecting the theme “Know My Name, Face and Story.” The 90-minute event celebrated the histories, cultures and contributions of the first peoples of Orange County and the United States while exploring how educational systems can more purposely meet the needs of Indigenous students.


San Diego school district wants to create an in-person option for unvaccinated students
The Alpine Union School District is working on a way that students who don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine can still continue learning in person, even if vaccines are required by the state for in-person school attendance.


Catalytic converters stolen off 43 Riverside Unified buses
Catalytic converters were stolen over the Thanksgiving holiday off 43 school buses that transport Riverside Unified School District students — most with special needs — upsetting the transportation schedule, a district official said.


California school counselor of the year urges college applicants to get past fears
Fresno high school counselor inspires students with his own life story as a young immigrant and garners statewide prize.

Fewer California families opt to open private home schools this year
During the height of the pandemic, a record 35,000 families had filed an affidavit with the state to open a private home school, but the numbers are far lower this year, according to California Department of Education records. So far this school year, 25,109 families have filed a homeschool affidavit to operate a school with five or fewer students – the number the state Department of Education says is likely to be a home school. That is 4,000 fewer than by the same time last year when more than 29,000 families had filed the paperwork.

75% of Sacramento City Unified’s students miss vaccination deadline
Only a quarter of Sacramento City Unified School District’s middle and high school students have turned in proof they had received at least one Covid-19 vaccine by today — the district’s deadline to meet its vaccine mandate. The district of nearly 48,000 students joins Culver City Unified, West Contra Costa Unified, Oakland Unified, Piedmont Unified, San Diego Unified and Los Angeles Unified in requiring vaccines for eligible students and staff ahead of the state mandate that begins next summer.

Supply shortages complicate challenges of school lunch programs
Widespread supply chain shortages have hit school lunch programs, too, causing school staffs to order in bulk further in advance, substitute ingredients, order more fruit and vegetables and scramble to find hamburgers and other student favorites. Plus, higher prices for paper products and food are putting pressure on lunch budgets. High schools in Alhambra Unified had to cut back on their food bar offerings of ramen, pho, Korean tacos, Mexican street tacos and other items. Vivien Watts, the 16,000-student district’s executive director of food and nutrition services, said she’s not confident she can consistently find the ingredients.


California lawmakers hold hearing on chronic school absenteeism during pandemic
State lawmakers held an oversight hearing Tuesday on learning loss and a drop in enrollment at California schools. California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond testified at the hearing as schools across the state face chronic absenteeism and significant dips in enrollment.

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