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Friday, April 2, 2021


Let’s Be Kind Month begins in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach
Kindness begins at home — a message that Costa Mesa High School junior Rebekah Robeck takes to heart and, now, has taken to the cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Rebekah Robeck, 16, started her nonprofit Let’s Be Kind in 2018 when she attended Costa Mesa Middle School.


Alison Collins' lawsuit comes amid S.F. school district crisis. The real losers could be the students
San Francisco’s school district was already juggling a difficult classroom reopening, a departing superintendent, tattered finances and bitter leadership battles when one school board member sued the public agency and her fellow commissioners this week, magnifying the crisis. The federal lawsuit filed by school board member Alison Collins is a rare legal challenge by an elected official against peers and a public agency, with taxpayers on the hook for attorney costs and most of any settlement or damages that could be awarded in the case that stems from a thread of tweets.


Day camps, paying teens to study: Summer school looks different. Will it help kids catch up?
Limited in-person instruction has led to higher absences, more disruptions and widespread signs of reduced learning, especially for the most disadvantaged students. But with new federal money to support reopening buildings and extended learning, districts and cities are hustling to spur academic, social and emotional recovery this summer. New plans include free full day camps at schools, academic lessons shared across states, elaborate experiential projects, and internships for older students.


Promising Pfizer Results for Child Coronavirus Vaccines
A clinical trial found the vaccine was highly effective in adolescents, potentially good news for schools returning to normal this fall.


Redlands Unified sets dates to reopen middle and high schools
Redlands Unified secondary schools will return to in-person learning this month, the Board of Education unanimously decided at a meeting on Thursday, April 1. Middle school and special needs high school students will return to campuses April 12 and the remainder of high school students will return April 19. School district officials say a new schedule will give students more face-to-face time with teachers.


Amid pandemic, infants especially need quality child care, reformers say
Children are born ready to learn. In the first year of life, the brain doubles, with about 90% of brain growth happening before kindergarten. However, only 1 in 3 eligible children under 5 years old take part in California’s publicly funded early learning and care programs. To make matters worse this year, 3 out of 4 California parents with children under 5 are worried their education and development will suffer because of the pandemic, according to a recent survey.


United Way, Valero help Harbor Area youth organizations provide learning stations for students
Elementary, middle and even some high schools across the South Bay and elsewhere have begun the long-awaited return to in-person learning. But the return has been tempered by the need to keep education partly virtual for the time being. And that means some parents who struggled over the past year of online-only learning to manage work obligations without access to consistent childcare may have to keep doing so.

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