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Monday, March 29, 2021

OCDE NEWSROOM

How 11 OC middle and high schools earned their ‘distinguished’ designation
Last week, the California Department of Education announced the selection of 11 Orange County campuses as California Distinguished Schools. The recognition has long been considered the top honor for public schools in the state, and 2021 is no exception.
https://newsroom.ocde.us/how-11-oc-middle-and-high-schools-earned-their-distinguished-designation/

COVID-19 update: State releases guidance for graduation ceremonies
The California Department of Public Health has released new guidance for upcoming commencement and graduation ceremonies. Face coverings, spacing and protocols for entering and exiting venues are all covered in the guidance, which is designed to help students, families and educators celebrate academic milestones while preventing the spread of COVID-19. There are also alternative recommendations for accommodating large audiences, including drive-in ceremonies and streaming video.
https://newsroom.ocde.us/coronavirus-update/

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

‘Swiss cheese model’ of precautions allows schools to open safely despite coronavirus, experts say
If we knew then what we know now, schools wouldn’t have closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic — or at least, not for very long, said George Rutherford, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UC San Francisco. “We were working on the playbook for Influenza A — the first things to close are elementary schools because children are huge amplifiers,” Rutherford said. “But that’s just not the case here.”
https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/28/swiss-cheese-model-of-precautions-allows-schools-to-open-safely-despite-coronavirus-experts-say/

Santa Ana Unified wins historic award for restoring, preserving 114-year-old building
The Santa Ana Unified School District recently was recognized for restoring and preserving a historic building that once helped power the Red Car railway system in Orange County. The city’s Historic Resources Commission awarded the district the 2020 Historic Preservation Award for its work on what once was the Pacific Electric Sub-Station No. 14. Today, the building that sits on the campus of Garfield Elementary serves as a wellness center, offering classes and resources to students and parents.
https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/29/santa-ana-unified-wins-historic-award-for-restoring-preserving-114-year-old-building/

LOS ANGELES TIMES

DAILY PILOT
Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar students raise $137,000 to ‘crush cancer’
The Newport Beach team won the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Students of the Year competition.
https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/story/2021-03-26/newport-harbor-and-corona-del-mar-students-raise-137-000-to-crush-cancer

LAUSD goes to great lengths to show schools are safe to reopen. But it’s a tough sell
A personal reckoning is playing out in hundreds of thousands of homes across the nation’s second-largest school district, where families find themselves in a mind-twisting situation.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-29/lausd-schools-safe-reopening-tough-sell

SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE

Judge orders CA school districts to pay back oversight fees totaling $1 million
Six school districts that profited from one of California’s largest cases of charter school fraud must repay $1 million to the state, a judge ruled Friday. They collected fees from A3 charter schools but failed to oversee the schools.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2021-03-27/judge-orders-school-districts-to-pay-back-oversight-fees-totaling-1-million

VOICE OF SAN DIEGO

One North County School Managed to Open and (Mostly) Stay Open
For several months, roughly 700 students have shown up to Bear Valley Middle School in Escondido twice a week for in-person learning. As others figure out how to slowly bring students back, schools like Bear Valley offer insight into how it could work.
https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/one-north-county-school-managed-to-open-and-mostly-stay-open/

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

S.F. and Oakland families, eager for normalcy, find disarray in school reopening
Five-year-old Megan was thrilled at the prospect of heading back into her Oakland classroom this week to meet with her kindergarten teacher in person. Instead, Megan will encounter a stranger on Tuesday.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/S-F-and-Oakland-schools-reopening-amid-confusion-16057376.php

NEW YORK TIMES

As Pandemic Upends Teaching, Fewer Students Want to Pursue It
Disruptions to education during the pandemic are turning people away from a profession that was already struggling to attract new recruits.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/27/us/covid-school-teaching.html

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

Berkeley middle schoolers organize latest march against hate toward Asian Americans
More than 1,000 people gathered Sunday for a rally and a march organized by middle school students to protest racism against the Asian American community, spurred on by the young people to denounce hatred and a recent spate of violent attacks.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/03/28/berkeley-middle-schoolers-organize-latest-march-against-hate-toward-asian-americans/

Most Oakland elementary schools will reopen next week; here’s the plan.
As part of an agreement approved by both the Oakland Unified School District and its teachers union, most elementary schools will reopen their classrooms next week, though some won’t. Students will be returning to campuses in phases, with those in pre-kindergarten through second grade and those struggling with distance learning or who have special learning needs being the first to arrive, on Tuesday.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/03/26/most-oakland-elementary-schools-will-open-next-week-but-not-all-heres-the-plan-to-return-kids-to-classrooms/

PRESS-TELEGRAM LONG BEACH

Long Beach elementary school teachers prepare to welcome students back to campus
While anxiety about the change — with new responsibilities, such as mask-wearing and social distancing — was a common theme, teachers said any concerns they have are outweighed by the benefits the kids will receive from being able to learn in the classroom.
https://www.presstelegram.com/2021/03/28/long-beach-elementary-school-teachers-prepare-to-welcome-students-back-to-campus/

FRESNO BEE

Will my child be held back? How Fresno schools will address Fs and learning loss
Although parents worry about learning loss and how those grades will impact their children, Fresno and Central Unified officials are not considering retention, or holding students back a grade.
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education-lab/article250157395.html

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

Pasadena Unified middle and high schoolers return to campus on April 20
Pasadena Unified’s middle and high school campuses will reopen for in-person learning on April 20 after the district struck a deal with its teachers union on Friday, March 26, according to a district news release.
https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/03/26/pasadena-unified-middle-and-high-schoolers-return-on-april-20/

KPCC

Everything We Know About LAUSD's Plan To Reopen Schools In April
Brace yourselves, students and parents. Your L.A. Unified School District campus may be reopening in April for the first time in potentially 13 months, but the place won't be quite the same. You may be prepared for the now-familiar COVID-19 countermeasures — face mask requirements, social-distancing warning signs, hand sanitizer stations.
https://laist.com/2021/03/26/lausd_reopening_plan_faq_return_to_campus_public_schools.php

NPR

After A Year Of Remote Classes, Teachers Are Meeting Students For The First Time
As students walked into Jahdai Jeffords' classroom for the first time, he greeted them with an assignment: "Say something!” Jeffords, who teaches Spanish and Latin American studies at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., had been teaching remotely since March 2020. When school opened back up almost a year later on February 15th, he had never met, or in some cases, even seen many of the students he had been teaching.
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/27/981562837/after-a-year-of-remote-classes-teachers-are-meeting-students-for-the-first-time


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