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Westminster schools to get temporary air conditioning fixes following heat wave
Five Westminster School District campuses soon will see some temporary fixes to their hot classrooms following complaints from teachers and parents about unbearable high temperatures during this month’s heat wave. The Westminster School Board voted Thursday, Sept. 8 to approve the installation of portable air conditioner units at Schroeder and Willmore elementary schools, expected by Thursday, Sept. 15. The board also unanimously approved installing temporary mini-split air conditioning units in classrooms at Clegg Elementary, Stacey Middle and Johnson Middle schools – a process that is expected to take about 13 weeks, according to district spokesman Tony Phan.

Daniel Pearl’s family, journalists rally behind LAUSD magazine adviser facing suspension
Dozens of journalist organizations are calling on the Los Angeles Unified School District to rescind a decision to suspend the adviser of the school’s student-run publication for her refusal to remove the name of an unvaccinated librarian from a student’s article.


New buddy bench installed at Whittier Elementary in Costa Mesa
It’s the first in a number of benches that the Patrick’s Purpose Foundation plans on installing with the Exchange Club of Newport Beach.


Teacher shortage leads Elk Grove Unified to shake up special ed program, worrying parents
Parents and teachers are upset with Elk Grove Unified School District over a sudden change in special education programs that separated dozens of specialists from students who trusted them.


Poway Unified trustees vote to spend $10 million on new AC system for two schools
Poway Unified School District trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to use $10 million of general fund reserves to pay for a new air conditioning system for Rancho Bernardo High School and Bernardo Heights Middle School. The schools, which share an AC system, have been mostly without cool air since school started on Aug. 17. Two rental chiller units have been brought in to assist with the process. To adjust to the sporadic AC, the two schools have been having minimum days.


Wildfires close schools across state, sending more than 90,000 students home
At least 13 California school districts in six counties have closed schools this week because they are either in the path of a wildfire or smoke from a fire has made it unhealthy to hold classes. The school closures have impacted more than 90,500 students in 119 schools, according to Tim Taylor, executive director of the Small School District Association. Seven of those districts are in Riverside County where the Fairview Fire has burned more than 27,000 acres and is only 5% contained.

Los Angeles Unified releases Smarter Balanced test results showing drops in English and math
Los Angeles Unified released standardized test results for the first time since the pandemic began, giving a look into how the last few years have shaped learning in the state. Both English and math scores dropped on the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment test in LAUSD. In English Language Arts, the percentage of LAUSD students who met or exceeded standards decreased in every grade level except for 8th grade, compared to 2018-2019 scores, the results showed. Eighth graders who met or exceeded standards increased by .47 percentage points, to 41.67%.


LAUSD Students Haven't Taken State Tests Since Before The Pandemic. Here Are The New Scores
The Los Angeles Unified School District released results on Friday from the first round of standardized state tests since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The tests, which are aligned with the state's academic standards, had shown some small progress over the past decade. Most students haven’t taken these tests since 2019. This year, fewer LAUSD students met or exceeded state standards:

Two Years Before Online Attack, Auditors Warned Los Angeles Unified About Cybersecurity. How Bad Were The Problems They Found?
In September 2020, cybersecurity auditors convinced Los Angeles Unified School District staff to hand over their passwords, tricked those employees into “execut[ing] malicious codes,” and gained access to a “limited number of Social Security numbers” stored on school district systems. Those security liabilities were documented in a September 2020 report that will help district leaders decipher why the district fell victim to a ransomware attack over the Labor Day holiday


LA Unified online systems recovering after cyberattack
The Los Angeles Unified School District continues to work toward being fully operational after the district was hit with a cyberattack last week. The attack led to a shutdown of the district’s computer systems and caused frustration among students and teachers as they returned to school following Labor Day weekend.

Marin school COVID-19 guidance expected to ease
Marin officials say some guidance regarding COVID-19 in schools might relax slightly, even though the county’s overall rate of infections remains high. Dr. Matt Willis, the county’s public health officer, said the biggest change could come if Marin shortens the recommended isolation time from 10 days to five after a student or school staff member has tested positive for the virus.

California implements later school start time, other states considering
After long-standing research showed the devastating impact of early classes on teens’ health, California’s district middle schools will start no earlier than 8 am; and high schools will start no later than 8:30 am. Rural district schools are exempted from the state mandate.

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