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OC Board of Education revises untrue statement, deletes reference to county health official
Orange County Board of Education members have revised a statement that contained falsehoods about the county’s public health director, Dr. Clayton Chau, to a statement that Board President Ken Williams described as “softer.” During an evening meeting Wednesday, May 5, board members removed language that left open the possibility that Chau wants to order mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for students without their parent’s consent — despite the fact that Chau has emphatically denied suggesting such a move and that such a requirement would not be legal.


Citing parental rights, O.C. Board of Education weighs in against nonexistent vaccine mandates
As Orange County wrestles with vaccine hesitancy, the Orange County Board of Education on Wednesday night approved a statement and resolution against mandatory vaccinations and digital vaccine passports. The O.C. Board of Education doesn’t determine much of anything for Orange County schools. Board members, who are elected to four-year terms, approve charter schools and hear interdistrict transfer and expulsion appeals. The board also approves the annual budget of the Orange County Department of Education, which is distinct from the board.


Sacramento parents have a new school option: Virtual academies for kids who want to stay home
The pandemic sent thousands of public school students in the Sacramento region home. And some will choose to stay there in the fall, even as schools prepare for more robust in-person instruction.


Should California allow distance learning in fall? Lawmakers, educators at odds
Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, have been emphatic that public schools in California must reopen for full-time, in-person learning this fall. But that push has inspired a new debate in Sacramento: Should they create an exception for students who prefer to stay remote or who learn better outside the classroom?


Signs of an improving pandemic outlook may be emerging for younger Americans.
The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is expected to be approved next week for children 12 to 15, and the federal government says more than half of K-8 schools are open full-time for in-person learning.


County board threatens to close Bullis Charter School if it doesn’t fix lack of diversity
Santa Clara County Board of Education trustees are threatening to shut down Bullis Charter School unless it “cures” its diversity problems and better reflects the demographics of the Los Altos School District.


Long Beach Unified plans live high school graduations in June
Long Beach Unified School District will return to live high school graduation ceremonies this year.


Calbright College once again faces opposition that seeks to shut it down
Calbright College, California's online-only community college, fights for survival amid opposition from some lawmakers and a pending audit.


El Monte City School District opens two pop-up COVID-19 vaccine sites
Veronica Ortiz, the principal at Shirpser School in El Monte, knows how important it is to build trust in the community. That was part of the reason she was so excited to have her school host a free pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site which was open to walk-up appointments on Wednesday. “Some of our families don’t have the medical coverage, don’t have immigration status, but they trust the school system,” Ortiz said. “They’ll come here. We’re not a stranger. We’re a familiar entity. We’re a partner. We’ve worked together.”


21 Students at East Bay School Test Positive for COVID-19 After Off-Campus Event
An East Bay high school is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak after the school says a number of students attended an off-campus gathering. The Las Lomas High School principal confirms that 21 students have tested positive over the past three weeks. "It apparently was a single event," Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen said. "That’s what our contact tracing is showing, and, unfortunately, they weren’t following those precautions that should have been followed.”

San Rafael school district to expand classroom schedules
Students in the San Rafael City Schools district will return to classrooms at close to pre-pandemic levels by next week under agreements between faculty unions and the administration.

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