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Friday, April 16, 2021


COVID-19 update: State issues new guidance for indoor performances, private events
State health officials have released updated guidance covering indoor live performances and private events. Both documents break down what’s allowable in each tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, although the governor has said the color-coded tiers used to track county progress could be phased out as early as mid-June if certain criteria are met. In addition, the California Department of Public Health on Thursday released recommendations for fully vaccinated people.


For homeless students at this Santa Ana school, she’s a new lifeline
A young case worker from a nonprofit is helping kids where they go to school. She knows, first-hand, about the challenges they face. Lizbeth Loyola Campos is a case manager with Project Hope Alliance, a nonprofit that works to improve the educational outcomes for homeless children. Because of a new partnership between Project Hope Alliance and the Santa Ana Unified School District, Campos is working at Martin R. Heninger Elementary, a K-through-8 feeder for Santa Ana High. She’s been at Heninger since last month and is slated to work there for at least a year.


Signing day reinvigorates local athletes after the pandemic impacted their sports
Edison High School hosted a signing day event on Wednesday for 29 athletes who have signed or committed to play their sport in college.


SEIU union at Sacramento City Unified sets strike date. Teachers plan sympathy strike
The union representing hundreds of workers in the Sacramento City Unified School District announced a two-day strike, after the union and district officials could not agree on child care, stipends and physical distancing guidelines.


Fremont parents threatening to sue school district if classrooms don’t reopen
A group of frustrated parents is threatening to sue Fremont’s school district if officials don’t meet their demand to reopen schools for in-person learning by April 26.


Three Riverside County school districts win counseling awards
The counseling programs at three Riverside County school districts have won national awards. The winners are the San Jacinto Unified School District, the Alvord Unified School District and the Moreno Valley Unified School District. The trio is among six winners of the Power of Hope award, which is given by the National Postsecondary Institute and Reach Higher Initiative. The honor recognizes programs that use school counselors in leadership roles that weave college and career enrollment strategies across their districts.


Eastvale student creates virtual book club for Corona-Norco youths
An Eastvale student used his time in distance learning to unite kids through a love of reading. In fall, as the coronavirus pandemic continued, Nathan Kaller, an eighth-grader at River Heights Intermediate School in Eastvale, was at home recovering from COVID-19 with his family, attending classes online and feeling disconnected from classmates. So in October, he started a virtual book club with other students, hoping to mentor younger students while providing a volunteer opportunity. Elementary and secondary schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District reopened in March, but the book club continues its weekly online format and has grown district-wide.


New micro-scholarships in San Jose build bank accounts and mindsets for college
Typically, many scholarships and accolades come at the end of the senior year to recognize outstanding performance of top students. Imagine instead a series of “micro-scholarships” for a different purpose targeted toward students at low-income high schools. Spread out like bread crumbs over four years, they would build students’ confidence, their resumés and plans for the future, and would end at graduation with as much as $5,000 in the bank for those who have earned them.


Novato parents sound off about possible bilingual program loss
More than 250 Lynwood Elementary School parents participated in a forum about the fate of the dual immersion program.

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