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Friday, December 17, 2021


Orange County Board of Education to Choose New Member After Resignation
The Orange County Board of Education is set to pick its fifth member this upcoming Tuesday after the resignation of Tim Shaw last month, restoring the board to its full representation before they’re forced to go to a special election. Shaw resigned at the board’s November 3 meeting, saying that he’d been threatened with a lawsuit alleging a conflict of interest due to his position on the board of education and the La Habra City Council, a seat he’s held since 2008.


Capo Unified Board Discusses Potential Bond for Dana Hills Facility Improvements
The Capistrano Unified School District is looking at whether to place a bond on a future ballot to fund needed upgrades to Dana Hills High School, as well as to determine if a majority of voters would even be in favor of such a measure. The CUSD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to consider and research a potential bond measure for the school’s facilities during a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The resolution does not mean the bond will automatically be placed on a future ballot for now; it is merely so the district can move forward on studying the feasibility of a bond.


US schools increase security in response to TikTok posts warning of shooting, bomb threats
School districts across the country were issuing warnings, increasing security and canceling classes Friday in response to vague, anonymous shooting and bomb threats being made on TikTok that officials say are not considered credible. Schools in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York and Pennsylvania will increase their police presence Friday due to the threats while schools in California, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas closed for the day.


Ontario-Montclair school board members failed to report outside income for years
Not a single member of the Ontario-Montclair school board has disclosed her primary source of income in a decade, though at least two board members had jobs within the district’s footprint and seemingly were required by state law to identify their employers, according to a review of financial disclosures.


Several school districts push back vaccine mandate deadlines
Unprepared to add thousands of students to their independent study programs, several large California school districts opted this week to roll back their vaccine mandate deadlines. Los Angeles Unified’s school board voted Tuesday to give students 12 and older until fall 2022 to receive both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. By doing so they scrapped their original deadline of the start of the spring 2021 semester, Jan. 10, and aligned with the state’s vaccine mandate timeline. West Contra Costa Unified board members followed suit Wednesday, voting to push the deadline back from Jan. 3 to Feb.18, while ramping up outreach to get more students vaccinated.


New CDC guidance encourages more testing to limit school quarantines
At a White House briefing on Friday, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said schools should limit quarantines by requiring testing for unvaccinated close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case. It's a practice known as "test to stay." "In the 'test to stay' protocol, there's increased testing of close contacts after a COVID-19 exposure, and that testing needs to be at least twice in the seven-day period after exposure," Walensky explained. "If exposed children meet a certain criteria and continue to test negative, they can stay in school instead of quarantining at home."


Schools receive billions to help heal learning losses
Gregory Franklin keeps a photo on his computer, a reminder of the work ahead and the price already paid. As billions in federal and state dollars stream into school districts nationwide, the outgoing superintendent for the Tustin Unified School District has had many problems to consider.

Southern California schools on alert as rumors of violence fly on TikTok
Schools are taking extra safety measures Friday due to a rise in threats being posted on social media, particularly on TikTok, according to school officials in Ventura County.

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