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Monday, April 12, 2021


Dr. John (Jack) Bedell, former OC Board of Education trustee and longtime professor, dies at 78
Dr. John (Jack) Bedell, a longtime professor who leveraged his signature charm, wit and humor to build relationships and find consensus during his 16 years on the Orange County Board of Education, has died. He was 78. A beloved and highly respected faculty member at Cal State Fullerton for more than 40 years, Bedell served as a professor of sociology and chaired the department for several years.

Six tips for kindergarten readiness
While the second week in April is dedicated nationally to celebrating the Week of the Young Child, OCDE’s Early Learning team works year-round to provide research-based professional learning opportunities, coaching, technical assistance and educational incentives for Orange County early learning and care programs.


Anaheim Elementary district to bring students back to campus part-time on Monday
One of Orange County’s largest school districts will bring students back to campuses starting Monday, April 12, as part of a shift from online-only to hybrid learning. The district, which serves about 16,000 students and has about 2,000 employees, will reopen with a hybrid model: pre-K to second grade students will learn on campus for four hours two days a week, with half of each class coming Monday/Wednesday and the other half Tuesday/Thursday; grades 3 through 6 will follow suit a week later; special education students will return full-time.


California school unions seeking extra pay, child care help as classes reopen
School employees are seeking extra pay, safety measures and child care assistance to offset the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.


San Francisco students poised to return to classrooms after year at home
Students will re-enter San Francisco classrooms on Monday after more than a year of distance learning and less than eight weeks before the end of the school year.


Students crushed by stress, depression are back in class. Here’s how schools are meeting their needs
A youth mental-health crisis was percolating for years. Rates of anxiety and depression had been on the rise. In 2017, suicide became the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 through 24. Then came COVID-19. Americans of all ages say the pandemic has ta ken a significant toll on their mental health, but the trend has been especially pronounced among young people.


California's community colleges at critical crossroads as more students opt not to attend
Enrollment at California's community colleges has plummeted during the pandemic creating uncertainty for some colleges. Online classes, job loss and child care are among the reasons students have not enrolled.


KHSD opens campuses to seniors for their final year of high school
Monday represents a long-awaited day for the Kern High School District: General education students will begin to arrive on campus for in-person learning for the first time since the district shuttered its campuses when the pandemic began last March.


How parents can support their kids as they transition to in-person learning
LAUSD students head back to campus in waves that start Tuesday. And they're certainly not alone. Wondering how to support your children as they transition to in-person learning? We talked to a few health and educational experts with tips to offer.


Why So Many Asian Americans Are Learning Remotely
Asian American students are far more likely to be learning remotely than members of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. As of February 2021, almost 7 in 10 Asian American K-12 students were still learning online only, according to the U.S. Education Department's latest school survey. That's 12 points higher than Hispanic students, 15 points higher than Black students, and 45 points higher than white students.

LAUSD Outlines Recommended Plans For Extended School Year
One extra week of class in August, one less week of winter break. That’s the plan Los Angeles Unified School District leaders will recommend later this week for extending the 2021-22 academic year. In his weekly video update, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday that a longer school year will help LAUSD students and teachers make up for some of the classroom time lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.


San Diego School Officials Say Few COVID-19 Cases Coming From Sports
As school districts across San Diego County begin resuming in-person learning, other states are seeing surges in COVID-19 cases among student athletes. San Diego Unified School District is set to resume in-person instruction on Monday, but school sports have been in full swing for two months. Jorge Palacios, the athletic director at Mission Bay High School, said his school has only had one positive COVID-19 case so far among student athletes.


Many Sacramento Students Are Choosing To Continue Learning At Home Despite School Openings
Just over half of families who responded to the Sacramento City Unified School District opted to send their kids back this month. But there’s wide variation — by grade level and along racial lines — when it comes to who will be attending in-person. While 59% of kindergartners will learn in-person starting in April, most high school seniors are sticking with distance-learning.

As Students Return To Classrooms, One Group Is Noticeably Still Learning at Home: Asian Americans
When Elk Grove Unified School District announced it would be starting a hybrid model of schooling this month, with some in-classroom and some remote-class days, parent Winnie Tam Hung says it was a no-brainer: Her two elementary-school aged children would be staying home.  “I’m hesitant because of all this rise in anti-Asian violence,” Hung said. “I experienced a lot of racial bullying as a kid, given this current climate I’m very hesitant about being out in public with my children and sending my children back to school.”


LAUSD set to welcome back students after extended campus closures
For the first time in more than a year, some Los Angeles Unified schools will reopen for in-person classes this week, amid rigorous safety standards and upgraded campus sanitation measures, although many parents are opting to keep their kids learning from home. The new safety standards at schools include free coronavirus testing for students and staff on site each week at all 61 elementary schools and 11 early education enters set to open in stages starting this week. Remaining elementary schools and early education centers will open the week of April 19, and middle and high schools will open the week of April 26.

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