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Orange County School Board perpetuates false idea about mandatory vaccines for students
The conservative-leaning board plans to discuss on Wednesday a resolution against vaccine passports and holding two summer forums on ethnic studies. A month ago, as many as 200 parents came to a meeting of the Orange County Board of Education to express outrage over what they heard was a mandate to vaccinate their children in schools without their approval. That information was false. Now, a month later, the misinformation is being repeated — this time by the Board of Education.


S.F. schools have nearly $60 million to help struggling students
San Francisco’s school district — flush with nearly $60 million to help students catch up from pandemic-related learning loss — plans to use a large chunk of the federal and state funds to offer expanded summer programming this year and next.


What Teen Vaccines Mean for School Reopenings
Anyone with a 12-to-15-year-old in their life got encouraging news this week when our colleagues reported that the Food and Drug Administration is set to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in this age group by early next week. On Tuesday, Pfizer said it also expected to apply in September for authorization to administer its Covid-19 vaccine to children ages 2 to 11. So what exactly does this vaccine news mean for the next school year?


Vallejo High School shuts down in-person instruction for a week due to positive COVID-19 tests
Two students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 shut down Vallejo High School for the rest of the week barely two weeks after the Vallejo Unified School District opened up its high school campuses for in-person instruction.


Over half of California public school students remain in distance learning
EdSource found that two-thirds of students in district schools with the largest proportions of low-income families were in distance learning, compared with only 43% of students in schools with the fewest low-income families — a disparity that may partly explain a widening learning gap between wealthy and poor students that researchers and teachers suspect the pandemic has enlarged.

Tracking learning modes of California students
Most California students are still in distance learning as of April 30. The trends are based on information provided by 84% of schools to the California Department of Public Health. That includes: 93.9% of public schools, 87.6% of charter schools and 53.1% of private schools.


Hacienda Heights elementary school parents and students protest for clean, safe classrooms
Around 200 parents and students from Wedgeworth Elementary School protested for safer and cleaner classrooms Monday, May 3, at the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District in Hacienda Heights.


Kids and the Covid-19 vaccine: A pediatrician answers safety questions
The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant emergency use authorization next week to Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for teens and children ages 12 to 15. Some 52% of parents said they are likely to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19 when a vaccine becomes available for their age group, according to a poll conducted during the first week of April. That still leaves many parents unsure of what to do, vulnerable to misinformation campaigns on vaccine safety that have spread on social media. What are the facts? We asked Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, to answer questions parents may have.

SoCal hero: Teen launches nonprofit to get books to kids in underserved communities
There’s nothing that 16-year-old Alana Weisberg loves more than getting lost in a fantastic book. Weisberg has made it her mission to share the magic of reading with kids around the world. A little over year ago, the self-proclaimed bookworm realized there was a simple way she could connect her passion for reading to philanthropy. Weisberg launched her own nonprofit, Bookworm Global, to promote literacy for children in underserved communities. Weisberg spends her weekends sorting the thousands of books that are dropped off at her house every week to be donated.

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