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COVID-19 update: Health officials confirm first Omicron case in Orange County
The Orange County Health Care Agency on Friday reported the first known Omicron case in the county. The HCA said an adult male resident of Orange County tested positive for infection caused by the Omicron variant of COVID-19 following domestic travel outside of California. The individual is fully vaccinated and has experienced mild illness, according to the HCA, which is following up on any close contacts.


S.F. school district still on the hook for board recall election costs after proposal for city to pay defeated
The San Francisco Unified School District will have to foot the bill for the school board recall election after an effort to have the city cover the cost failed to get enough votes to pass.


How to do online learning well? A district in California’s Central Valley has some answers
On a morning this fall at Washington Elementary, a young boy, sitting at a table with five of his peers, held a tablet while he built a digital snowman — a cool proposition given the 85-degree heat just outside his air-conditioned classroom.


How TK can help students learning English as a second language
As California expands transitional kindergarten, English learner advocates are urging school districts to prioritize children learning English as a second language. California is expanding transitional kindergarten, or TK, over four years, to eventually offer all 4-year-olds a free year of preschool before kindergarten. Previously, transitional kindergarten was only offered to children who turn 5 in the fall, between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.


LA Archdiocese sues LAUSD over denial of federal funds for low-income Catholic school students
The petition seeks a court order directing the district to “engage in timely and meaningful consultations with (the archdiocese) regarding the process by which the (archdiocese) schools’ Title I allocation was calculated.”


Schools embrace social and emotional learning to help 'overwhelmed' students
Like kids in so many cities and towns around the globe, the youngsters in Michigan's Van Buren Intermediate School District have been through a lot these past few years. A relentless pandemic that continues to disrupt classrooms, sicken friends and loved ones, and has left some district families jobless and homeless. In a school year that was supposed to be a return to normal but has proven anything but, the district has launched an educational program based on a key component of modern psychology — cognitive behavior therapy.

First Sacramento-region omicron outbreak reported at West Sacramento high school
On Thursday, River City High School in West Sacramento reported the first known outbreak of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the region, according to Yolo County health officials. The outbreak involves six people, five of whom are students at the high school. Four of those students shared a class period. While two of the individuals with COVID-19 were fully vaccinated, both did not have a booster shot. The other four people were unvaccinated, Yolo County health officer Dr. Aimee Sisson said.


Community members come forward following postponement of Carmel Unified School District board meeting
Tracy Henderson, the Carmel parent at the focal point of the postponed Carmel Unified School District board meeting Wednesday night, says she was within her rights to attend the meeting and voice her public comments without wearing a mask, citing an undisclosed medical exemption from the California Department of Public Health indoor mask mandate that went into effect the day of the meeting.

Budget decisions loom for Oakland Unified, which faces a $40 million shortfall in coming year
Facing a major budget deficit and pressure from the county, Oakland Unified School District leaders will have tough budget decisions to make in January that could result in layoffs at the district’s central office, and reduced school-site budgets. A decline in enrollment and lower attendance rates this year have contributed to a deficit anticipated to be between $40 and $50 million for the 2022-2023 school year, or roughly 6% of the district’s nearly $700 million budget.

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