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Friday, March 26, 2021


COVID-19 update: California to dramatically expand vaccine eligibility in April
All Californians who are at least 50 years old will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination starting April 1, and two weeks later every adult in the state will be encouraged to schedule an appointment, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.


LAUSD anticipates $5.2B in COVID relief aid
LAUSD is anticipating a one-time windfall of up to about $5.2 billion in COVID-19 relief aid from the state and federal government to help students recover from learning losses and to deal with the trauma they’ve experienced.


The Learning Curve: What We Know About San Diego Unified’s Reopening Plans
After more than a year out of the classroom, San Diego Unified students now have just 18 days before they return. Principals and district administrators are scrambling to tally survey results from parents and figure out exactly how much schooling they will be able to provide to how many students and for how many days per week.


Judge denies S.F.’s request to order schools to reopen to all students
A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the city’s request for an emergency court order requiring the school district to bring all students in all grades back by the end of April. Judge Ethan Schulman wrote in his ruling that the request was made pointless by several recent developments, including the approval of a plan to bring younger students, as well as more vulnerable older students, back to classrooms.

Some Oakland schools won't reopen as planned after teachers opt not to return early
More than a dozen Oakland elementary schools and preschools will not reopen as planned Tuesday after the majority, if not all, teachers at the sites opted not to return until required to do so in mid-April, despite an $800 incentive and prioritized vaccinations.


COVID: Schools are partially reopening, parents say not enough
Public school parents around the Bay Area complain their school reopening plans are starting too late and offer too little in-person instruction time.


Fresno Unified students on track to return to campuses in April and in-person graduations
“While this is an exciting time, there will be some bumps along the way as we reopen schools.”


What 3-foot social distance means for reopening of California schools
New state and federal Covid safety guidelines that reduce the recommended minimum distance between students from 6 feet to 3 feet should make it easier for California schools to return students to classrooms full time, but most districts are not likely to make the change until the fall. Instead, many district officials contacted by EdSource expressed reluctance to make changes to instructional models this school year because most have either reopened or plan to reopen campuses in the next few weeks.


Kern HSD announces plan to offer in-person instruction to all grades by end of April
The Kern High School District made a big announcement Thursday: It aims to drastically ramp up its reopening plans by bringing back all grade levels by April 28.


Torrance Unified middle, high school students begin in-person learning, El Segundo High holds in-person orientation
South Bay high school students have begun trickling back to campuses, including those from the region’s largest district. Torrance Unified School District welcomed both high school and middle school students back to campus on Thursday, March 25, for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced education to go virtual about a year ago, while El Segundo High School had its first day of on-campus orientation — with the first day of actual in-person learning set for Tuesday.


Biden Says Schools Are On Track To Open As Promised, But Will Kids Go?
During his first news conference, President Biden said Thursday that his administration is on track to keep a promise he made to the nation's parents and caregivers: to reopen the majority of elementary and middle schools for full-time, in-person learning within his first 100 days in office. Newly released federal data suggest the president may indeed be on track — but that reopening the nation's schools doesn't mean all students will quickly return to classrooms. Here's a look at the numbers from a nationally representative sample of roughly 7,000 schools:


STEM Science Festival Offers Spanish Language Content
At first, you might think, "Ewww, slime," but you might change your mind if you learn more about it. For science, technology, engineering and math, often referred to as STEM, educator Socorro Sperati, slime is the perfect gateway to get young minds interested in science. "Did you know that slime is science! It is a great way for kids to learn about STEM and how molecules turn into monomers and polymers," Sperati explained as she played with slime in her hands. "You can do it all with ingredients you find at home.”

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