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Orange County schools make adjustments during heat wave
The heat wave has made learning difficult for some students in Orange County, particularly for those whose classrooms lack air conditioning. Many classrooms in Westminster School District, have hit 90 degrees recently. Teachers shuffle students into cooled rooms for brief respites, among other measures, to alleviate the misery. On Friday, Sept. 9, the district is taking another step: It’s allowing students to leave school earlier than normal to avoid the mid-day heat. Many districts in Orange County — including Santa Ana, Cypress, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Newport Mesa, and Placentia-Yorba Linda school districts — reported that their classrooms have air conditioners and are staying cool through the scorchers.


Hot, angry parents continue to hammer LAUSD for shade and even cool water for kids
Reclaim Our Schools has called for improvements including: reducing pavement at 10 additional schools each year through 2040 beyond the district’s existing commitments, making all schools 50% green space, using electric-powered school buses and installing EV chargers at every school.

L.A. student journalists reported on an unvaccinated librarian. Now their advisor faces suspension
In November, the student-run news website of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Lake Balboa published a story naming a faculty member who had refused to comply with the district’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.


California school launches investigation; students sent outside for lunch in heat wave
Two staff members at a Northern California junior high school have been placed on administrative leave after students there were sent outside to eat lunch Tuesday as a lengthy heat wave created dangerous conditions throughout the region.


More than 10,000 backpacks given away at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools events
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools recently partnered with various community groups to hold four backpack giveaways across the county, distributing more than 10,000 backpacks to students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. “These backpack giveaways are a great way to help our students have a successful start to the school year,” Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County superintendent of schools, said in a news release.


Is your school prepared to fend off a cyberattack? LAUSD’s situation is a cautionary tale
Some school districts are better prepared than others for potential cyberattack. Ultimately, experts urge having detailed plans in place to deal with such attacks.


Fresno Unified has a new graduation requirement: Class on ‘race, ethnicity and indigeneity’
Starting with incoming freshmen in the fall of 2023, students in Fresno Unified will be required to complete one 10-credit, two-semester-long ethnic studies course to graduate. FUSD defines ethnic studies as “a critical and interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity” — distinct from the field of history in the way it specifically looks at how race and racism “have been, and continue to be” powerful social, cultural and political forces.


Mask mandates often remain for low-income preschoolers
Some of the nation’s poorest pre-K students are the last still under mask mandates, affecting enrollment, as the New York Times reported. At Head Start preschools and child care centers for low-income families, education programs the federal government directly oversees, mandatory masking is still on the books for teachers and children as young as 2 years old. This may be helping fuel declining enrollment and staff shortages, some say. Many parents don’t want their toddlers to be masked, worried that masking could hinder socialization, a set of skills long neglected during the pandemic.


LAUSD not out of woods with cyberattack, security experts say
LAUSD said it hasn't received a ransom demand or evidence that key info was stolen -- but some experts say the worst may still come.


Free college 2.0: To lure students, community colleges add new perks
Free college isn’t a new idea in California. But some community colleges, facing declining enrollment, are waiving fees for more students than ever, and adding on perks like free textbooks, meals and transportation.


Local teens give school garden a lift
The sisters wanted to do something for the high school across the street, a small gesture for community, and a nod to the educators who teach them each day. Camila and Sarah Balanta could see the run-down area at Orange County Educational Arts Academy on their way to school at the Orange County School of the Arts. Last spring, they decided to do something about it as Camila was ending her freshman year and Sarah was preparing to graduate. But they needed help, applying to the Dragon Kim foundation for enough money to purchase materials and a bit of organizational help.

Activists demand LAUSD add green space to schools
As the sun bore down on the blacktop Wednesday, a group of parents, educators and community members gathered outside the playground of a Boyle Heights elementary school to protest the lack of shade, water and green space on LA Unified School District campuses. Like many other schoolyards around the city, just 5% of Lorena Street Elementary is green space, according to the district’s Greening Index. The rest is concrete and asphalt.

La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Offer Free Child Care to Employees
The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District has long offered a significant benefit to its full-time staff: child care at no cost for staff with children in the district. As the nation’s hiring challenges continue, the district is putting added emphasis on this benefit to attract staff for various positions, including paraprofessionals, child nutrition, and transportation staff.

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