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Tuesday, March 23, 2021


VIDEO: A new online toolbox is helping local students buffer the negative effects of the pandemic
Physical distancing and economic hardship have exponentially increased the mental health needs of children and teens in Orange County. To help local students and families buffer the effects of the pandemic, the Orange County Department of Education has partnered with CHOC and the nonprofit Western Youth Services to develop the RESET Toolbox. The free, online mental health toolbox is packed with self-paced trainings, apps and resources designed to build resilience and minimize anxiety in children and teens.


California changes course again, will allow bands, drumline
In the third revision since issuing updated youth sports guidance last week, California health officials said Monday that bands and drumlines were allowed to participate alongside their student-athlete peers. “Band, drumline, choir and drama are low-contact activities,” the California Department of Public Health wrote in an update to its Youth Sports Q&A. Those activities can resume while following the guidelines for low-contact youth recreational activities, CDPH said.


Rural California schools have been open for months. It’s taken a learning curve
As schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere debate the particulars of bringing students and teachers back to classrooms after a year of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous public school campuses have been open for months in rural Northern California.


OC Board of Education, Superintendent Spend $3 Million in Legal Battle to Pick Their Own Lawyers
The Orange County Board of Education and Department of Education agreed to separate their legal teams after spending over three million dollars in taxpayer money arguing the issue in court. The settlement is an end to one of the long standing battles between the board and Superintendent Al Mijares, who have clashed repeatedly over the last three years, but as both are elected by the public neither can get rid of the other except at the ballot box.


Citing COVID protocols as barrier, San Jose Unified won’t offer indoor sports for now
California’s requirements for indoor sports during the COVID-19 pandemic will keep students sidelined in one of the Bay Area’s largest school districts.


California students’ aid requests show decline
A long and steady increase in the number of California students seeking financial aid came to an abrupt end this year, and while it’s too soon to know exactly why 25,000 fewer students filled out federal aid forms than last year, all signs point to the pandemic.


Coaches, mentors at California schools key to helping keep recent immigrant students during pandemic
Fernanda Salazar, 19, struggled to learn English after moving from Guatemala to Los Angeles about three years ago. She was finally feeling like she was able to communicate freely with classmates and teachers when the pandemic hit and learning became a mix of new school schedules, video calls, and virtual connections.

California community colleges to offer limited expansion of fall in-person classes, chancellor says
leges are likely to offer more in-person instruction and activities this fall, while many classes will still be offered remotely. That is the message that Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the chancellor of the state’s 116 community college system, delivered to its Board of Governors at its meeting Monday. The colleges together serve over 2 million full- or part-time students, making it by far the largest higher education system in the United States.


Turlock Unified middle and high schools will open on Monday. Will others join?
Stanislaus County school districts prepare for reopening with or without the county hitting the red tier, in part due to a San Diego lawsuit.


Montebello Unified makes it easier for seniors struggling with the pandemic to graduate
Just like a year ago — and for the same reason, the pandemic — Montebello Unified School District high school seniors will find it easier to graduate. The district’s Board of Education on Wednesday, March 17 on a 5-0 vote reduced the number of units required to graduate from 220 to 180.


Homeschooling Doubled During The Pandemic, U.S. Census Survey Finds
In a year when so much about schooling has changed, add this to the list: A significant increase in the number of households where students were homeschooled. That's according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, an online survey that asks questions about how the pandemic is changing life in U.S. homes. When the survey began, the week of April 23-May 5, 2020, 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling. By the fall, that number had spiked: 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling in the Sept. 30-Oct. 12 survey.


LAUSD TLAUSD Targets April 12 Reopening Start, Will Offer Vaccines to Families
Los Angeles Unified campuses are expected to begin reopening April 12, Superintendent Austin Beutner announced Monday, and the district soon will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to family members who remain hesitant to return their kids to the classroom.

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