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Santa Ana Unified will open campuses for summer school
Santa Ana Unified will open campus­­­es for up to 25,000 students this summer, with most school classrooms having as few as 10 students to one teacher and high school classes limited to 20 students per teacher. The on-campus reopening of the district – the largest in Orange County to have remained strictly online all year – signals what Santa Ana schools could look like in the fall, with fewer students in classrooms and a combination of in-person and online learning, district officials said.

Orange County teacher wins first-ever ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ home giveaway
Laura Trammell had a hunch that she’d do well if she got a chance to play “Wheel of Fortune,” and she wasn’t shy about saying so. “I had told my husband for years and years,” the sixth-grade teacher from Mission Viejo said. “I told him, ‘You get me on that show and I will win us some money.’” On the episode that aired Tuesday, Trammell did that and a whole lot more, winning the first honest-to-goodness house that “Wheel Of Fortune” has given away in its 46-year history. Trammell says she was treated like a rock star by her class at Melinda Heights Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Wednesday.

UCI Health partners with Anaheim high schools to get 16-and-olders vaccinated
UCI Health Family Health Center in Anaheim is partnering with the Anaheim Union High School District to offer vaccinations to older students and their families, now that the state allows everyone 16 and older to be inoculated.


Huntington Beach middle school parents protest lack of full-time classroom instruction
Huntington Beach City School District does not plan to bring back middle school students full time this school year.

Parents worry children are falling behind but approve of Newsom’s handling of education, poll finds
More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic closed school campuses statewide, vast majorities of California adults and public school parents believe their children have fallen behind academically.


Ethnic Studies Class Debate Continues in OC as Los Alamitos School District Presents Course Textbook
Parents, teachers and students in Orange County continue debating over whether or not school districts should teach U.S. history through perspectives from people of color through ethnic studies courses. The debate over an already approved ethnic studies elective class sparked again in public comments at a Los Alamitos Unified School District Board meeting on Tuesday, when board members were presented with potential teaching materials for the course.


Capo Unified Plans to Reopen Campuses Full-Time Next School Year
Teachers union members were consulted when coming up with the reopening plan, which would bring all students back to CUSD campuses full-time for the following school year, slated to begin Aug. 17. The reopening plan, if approved, would follow all guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), including requiring masks for students. The district would work to reduce class sizes at schools.


S.F. schools seek reopening consultant a year after the board shot down the idea
San Francisco schools are looking for outside experts to help guide the process to reopen schools in August, which will include navigating changing health guidelines, parent feedback and labor negotiations.


Supreme Court wary of giving schools broad power to punish students' off-campus speech
A majority of Supreme Court justices Wednesday appeared wary of giving schools broad power to discipline off-campus student speech, but also worried about tying principals' hands when it comes to bullying, harassment and cheating. In nearly two hours of oral arguments, the nation's highest court heard the case of a high school student who was punished when she published a profanity-laden social media post after failing to make the school's varsity cheerleading team.


Poll: Californians like how governor handled school closures
Despite concerns about students falling behind and not returning to classrooms full time in the fall, a poll out Wednesday found a majority of Californians like how Gov. Gavin Newsom has handled school closures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Policy Institute of California poll showed 57% of adults and 64% of public school parents approve of Newsom’s handling of K-12 education.


Mental health, equity should be schools’ focus as students return, report says
To help students readjust to life after the pandemic, schools should use their Covid-relief funding windfall to imbue mental health, equity and relationships into every aspect of the school day, according to a sweeping new report released Thursday.

Biden's plan for families could bolster California's push for early education, care
President Joe Biden’s relief plan for families, which he rolled out in Wednesday’s address to a joint session of Congress, may well be a transformative move for children, early childhood advocates say, taking a historic step toward establishing a seamless system of early education and care.


No excuse for drive-through commencement ceremonies, Modesto students, parents say
Lack of an in-person graduation plan at Modesto’s Sylvan Union is not sitting well with at least several students and their families, who see no good reason to be stripped of another rite of passage. One dad says it reduces an important step in kids’ lives to the level of “getting your Big Mac at McDonald’s.”


At Supreme Court, Mean Girls Meet 1st Amendment
Even Supreme Court advocates can look at a case before the court with their own teenage years in mind. And lawyer Gregory Garre sums up Wednesday's case this way: "Mean girls meet the First Amendment.” More than a half-century ago, the court, in a 7-to-2 vote, ruled that students do have free speech rights at school, unless the speech is disruptive. Now, the justices are being asked to clarify whether, in the internet age, schools can punish students for off-campus speech.


Fourth through sixth graders return to school in El Monte City School District
For most of the students, it was the first time in more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic started that they have been at school for classes.


Parents help students with safe back to school transition
As schools reopen across Southern California, some students are feeling anxious about going back. Parents, teachers and local officials are tasked with making sure they feel safe while at school. Practicing how to stop the spread is key to transitioning back to school. Dr. Blanca Orellana, who works at the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at UCLA, said students feel anxious about returning and need to know their safety is a priority.

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