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Friday, December 10, 2021


Southern California authorities and parents struggle with surge in unfounded school shooting threats
Students at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands became concerned when a classmate stopped talking to people for several days. Some noticed he went silent shortly after a 15-year-old in Michigan shot and killed four students at his school in late November. The students contacted authorities on Dec. 3 and said they feared the Inland Empire teen might be planning to harm people. When police interviewed the boy, he told them his odd behavior was part of what he called a “social experiment.” He said he did not intend to hurt anyone. Investigators determined he did not have access to weapons and did not present a threat to others.

JSerra High students gather holiday gifts for Marine families
Seniors at JSerra Catholic High School and U.S. Marines on Thursday formed a holiday assembly line, handing along crates and boxes packed with Christmas presents from the school’s main entrance to the cab of a 25-foot truck. The donated gifts, totaling close to $77,000, were then delivered to Marine families at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms as part of JSerra’s annual Operation Christmas Love campaign. The presents were given by families, school clubs, sports teams and classrooms, with each group adopting a Marine family, and in some cases more than one.


The Learning Curve: San Diego Unified Schools Are Leaving Millions on the Table
In California, teachers spend an average of $664 each year to provide supplies for their classrooms, according to one study. It might come as an unpleasant surprise to those educators that San Diego Unified schools left more than $4 million on the table last year that could have gone to supplies and more, according to a document obtained by Voice of San Diego. The unspent funds were classified as Title I money, which comes from the federal government and is used to help schools with higher concentrations of poverty. The money often goes to critical positions like school counselors or after-school tutors. It can also go to supplies.


Thousands of California students still lack proof of vaccination despite deadlines
Several large California school districts are facing a potential crisis at the end of the semester: Thousands of their students remain unvaccinated or have yet to provide proof of vaccination, despite looming deadlines. Among those districts is West Contra Costa Unified School District, as well as those in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Oakland. As of Wednesday, for example, only 33% of the West Contra Costa district’s students aged 12 and older had verified that they received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, which is required to continue in-person education.

Los Angeles Unified names Miami's Alberto Carvalho as next superintendent
California’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, has a new leader. Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools since 2008, will be L.A. Unified’s next superintendent, the district’s board of education announced Thursday following a closed session meeting. The board voted unanimously to hire him. Salary and other terms are still being negotiated. A contract is expected to be voted on next week.


LAUSD Wants To Push Student Vaccination Deadline To Next Fall
Los Angeles Unified School District officials have apparently conceded they won’t be able to prevent unvaccinated students from attending on-campus classes in January. In a press release sent Friday, LAUSD officials announced they intend to suspend enforcement of the district’s COVID vaccination mandate for students 12 and older until Fall 2022. Any delay would technically require school board approval; the board will discuss the policy change at its meeting next Tuesday.


Newsom: Schools should ‘fine-tune’ vaccine mandates to keep kids in school
Los Angeles Unified School District should adjust its vaccine mandate so the 34,000 students at risk of not meeting the January inoculation deadline won’t be kicked out of the classroom and back into online learning. That was the implication behind comments Gov. Gavin Newsom made in a Wednesday appearance on “Good Morning America” to promote his new children’s book. The governor also stressed that his first-in-the-nation student COVID-19 vaccine mandate — which isn’t set to go into effect until next year at the earliest and is more lenient than some district mandates — “includes personal exemptions, not just religious and/or medical exemptions, so there’s plenty of latitude for families to make decisions.”


Four things to know about Alberto Carvalho, Los Angeles Unified’s new superintendent
Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade’s long-time, charismatic and controversial schools chief, was selected Thursday by the Los Angeles Unified school board as its next superintendent. An advocate of school choice, nontraditional schools and known champion of undocumented student rights, Carvalho, 57, has run Miami’s schools for more than a decade. Here are four things to know about the man set to head up the nation’s second largest district:

More Marin schools adding pandemic support centers
At least three additional Marin school districts plan to set up centers over the next few months to help students with the isolation and stress of the pandemic. San Rafael City Schools will open centers at Terra Linda High School and San Rafael High School in January, said Christina Perrino, district spokesperson.

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