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‘Slow down,’ parents, local school officials declare, as Trump urges full reopening

With President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatening to withhold funding from schools that won’t reopen fully in the fall, it pitted his administration squarely against current guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — as well as California’s school leaders, local health officials in Los Angeles County and many local school administrators. It also leaves many parents and educators confused and uncertain. “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, sch...
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Community colleges struggle with students’ food needs as pandemic increases demand

By Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource With reduced work hours and a baby on the way, Maraya Bermudez stocks up on groceries for the week at the food pantry on her community college campus. She frequented the Fullerton College food pantry sparingly during the school year, but she now goes every week to pick up bags that often include rice, beans, vegetables, fruits, milk and snacks. A former foster youth, she has also been eligible for debit cards from her college that she can use for groceries and ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Community, Orange County, University Of California, Cal State Fullerton, WIC, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Cabrillo College, Los Angeles County, Assembly, CSU


Assembly bill would shield school districts from coronavirus lawsuits

A new education bill — which State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach — introduced this week seeks to limit liability related to the coronavirus for school districts this fall. O’Donnell, who chairs the Education Committee in the California Assembly and is a high school history teacher, said his bill will help protect districts from COVID-19-related lawsuits as they try to reopen this fall. Many school districts, under the guidance from the state and their respective counties, will t...
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USC backs off plan for fall in-person classes, citing coronavirus spike

The Tommy Trojan statue is seen on the USC campus. (2019 photo by Reed Saxon/Associated Press) LOS ANGELES — Reversing course from an announcement made one month ago, USC officials now say undergraduate fall courses will primarily remain online during the fall semester. “Public health guidelines continue to change, and Los Angeles County has yet to approve our plans for returning to full campus operations,” according to a joint letter released Wednesday night by USC Provost Charles F. Zukoski ...
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Defendant in Southern California semen-tainted flute case agrees to plead guilty

An international music program founder who allegedly distributed semen-tainted flutes to schools in Orange and Los Angeles counties and traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minors is expected to plead guilty to federal and state charges in October. John Edward Zeretzke, 61, of Ventura, who formed Flutes Across the World in 2009 and has worked with thousands of children across the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of production of child pornography and six sta...
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LAUSD remains undecided about schools reopening this fall

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 29, that no decision has been made about students returning to school facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the academic year starts Aug. 18, but he said officials are working on a plan. Beutner’s statements were presented along with a survey from LAUSD that showed 59% of families said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school for the fall semester, while 21% said they are uncertain and 20...
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Hundreds of schools vulnerable to outbreaks because of vaccine reluctance, data suggests

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014 led California lawmakers to tighten up vaccine requirements, eliminating personal and religious exemptions for school attendance.. Doses of the MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccine and the Tdap for whooping cough at the Health Care Agency, Orange County in Santa Ana. (File photo by Michael Goulding, Orange County Register/SCNG) That law took effect in 2016, but the state’s most recent vaccination data — from the 2018-19 school year — show t...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Cdc, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Healthcare, MMR, Vaccinations, Bill, Disneyland


L.A. County school districts’ hybrid learning plans align with state guidelines

Los Angeles County school district plans for the next academic year appear to fall within new guidelines released by California education officials on Monday, June 8, which anticipated that at least some students will continue to learn from home amid the ongoing pandemic. The “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools” guide is intended to serve as a guide for discussion on reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year, decisions for which will be mad...
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National Merit Scholarship announces college-sponsored awards to LA County high school seniors

  Socially distant driveway graduation greeting on Saturday, May 23, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)   The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced today its first of two lists of high school seniors who have been awarded college-sponsored scholarships. The second group will be announced on July 13. Corporate-sponsored merit scholarships winners were announced on April 22. These awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study ...
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Masks, social distancing, smaller classes on tap for California’s 2020-21 school year

The novel coronavirus pandemic will shape what the 2020-21 California public school year looks like, when it begins in a little more than two months. “We’ve learned from the experience of (the 1918 flu) pandemic,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said during an online press event Wednesday morning, May 27. “We know that we can flatten the curve by doing a few simple things,” like social distancing, hand washing and using face coverings. “California is rising to meet that ...
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National Merit Scholarship awards 2020 scholarships to high school students in Los Angeles County

  Cap of a 2019 graduate in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)   The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of high school students in Los Angeles County who are either recipients of corporate-sponsored scholarships or $2,500 scholarships in 2020. Nationwide, high school students competed for a share of 7,600 scholarships worth more than $30 million. Corporate-sponsored merit scholarships winners were announced on April 22. These a...
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Five high school students from LA County named U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2020

  A decorated 2019 graduation cap. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)   Five students in Los Angeles County have been named as United States Presidential Scholars. The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Thursday. The 56th class of Presidential Scholars included 10 students from California. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was created in 1964 and has recognized more than 7,600 high school students in the country. The program was expand...
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Chorus grows among L.A. County school leaders for more reopening support

School leaders in Los Angeles County joined a growing chorus for more state and federal assistance Thursday, May 21, asserting that public school systems will struggle to safely reopen schools this fall without adequate funding. The appeals came in response to an announcement by state Superintendent Tony Thurmond that most California schools would reopen in August or September with public health modifications, ranging from face masks to staggered playtime and smaller class sizes, but need federa...
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Remote learning is that much harder for LA County special education students

Since California announced the closure of public schools more than a month ago, the process of moving to remote learning has been vexing for both parents and educators –  but particularly those of children with disabilities. Despite the threat of litigation and the myriad challenges of translating special education services to virtual platforms, many Los Angeles County school districts have carried on implementing distance learning for all students. “To not provide any education because we’re wo...
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Coronavirus curtails police and fire explorer programs in Southern California

Israel Anaya-Morales felt fortunate to keep his job at In-N-Out in Signal Hill. But, like most Californians, his life changed drastically following the emergence of coronavirus this spring. The Cal State Fullerton student’s routine shifted from shuttling between work, classes and volunteer opportunities to finding himself restless at home in between shifts and digital lectures amidst the global crisis. The 20-year-old lieutenant in the Long Beach Police Department’s Explorer Post is one of hundr...
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Remote learning exposes racial and economic divide in LA County, say USC researchers

LOS ANGELES — When schools moved from classrooms to computers at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a learning gap immediately opened between middle class families and low-income and minority families, USC researchers said Monday, asserting that this setback afflicts 25,000 families. Stay-at-home mandates to minimize spread of the coronavirus forced 1.5 million K-12 students in Los Angeles County to online classes, according to a USC statement citing analysis by Hernan Galperin, associate profe...
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Coronavirus sheds light on how many Southern Californians still lack internet access

Jessica Lopez’s struggle to afford home internet service has always been inconvenient, making it tough for her 6-year-old daughter to do school assignments or for Lopez to complete online forms occasionally required by her employers at the Hilton of Anaheim. Now the coronavirus pandemic has moved her daughter’s kindergarten entirely online and shuttered her hotel, eliminating her job busing tables. And Lopez said her lack of internet access is forcing some tough decisions. Though she’s trying to...
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L.A. County superintendent recommends campus closures through end of school year

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo recommended Wednesday, April 1 that school campuses remain closed through the end of the academic year. Duardo’s recommendation followed a similar recommendations in recent days by Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond to plan for remote learning through the 2019-20 school year as the coronavirus epidemic unfolds across California. Extending a school closure is a local decision that will be made by each individual s...
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Legendary San Pedro football coach dies after testing positive for coronavirus

Mary Star of the Sea High School’s long-retired, legendary football coach Joe Radisich, Sr., died Wednesday night, March 25, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, according to his son. He was 84. His son, longshoreman and former Los Angeles harbor Commissioner Joe Radisich, Jr., said his father  became ill about a week ago and already was battling a number of other health problems. He was admitted to Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital, in San Pedro, for what was believed to b...
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As LAUSD refines remote learning, Gov. Newsom says coronavirus closures may last through school year

Los Angeles Unified School District parents and educators may need to be ready for a very long spell of home schooling. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that most California schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year because of the new coronavirus outbreak. “I would plan and assume it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” said Newsom, a father of four, in a press conference. “I don’t want to mislead you, to six-plus million k...
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Newsom says schools likely to be closed for the rest of the school year for coronavirus

Public schools across California are likely to be closed for the remainder of the school year in response to increasing spread of coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference Thursday afternoon. “I would plan and assume it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” said Newsom, a father of four. “I don’t want to mislead you, to six-plus million kids in our system and their families, they need to make some plans at a time when a lot of plan...
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LAUSD will open family hubs to serve students amid schools closure

Los Angeles Unified officials were working on launching 40 family resource centers to serve the legion of students who are now at home in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The decision is expected to assist thousands of low-income students in the district, which includes roughly 900 campuses, thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of students — 18,000 of whom who are unhoused, living in cars and shelters with their parents. In addition, the district is working on ...
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Coronavirus forces LA community colleges to go online

Los Angeles Community College District is shifting all courses online across its nine campuses beginning March 18, in response to the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez said the action was “out of an abundance of caution and out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” The action comes as health officials reported Los Angeles County’s first novel coronavirus-r...
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Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona moves to online-only classes

Western University of Health Sciences announced on Wednesday, March 11, that it would begin transitioning to online-only classes and lectures due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak and has directed students to stay away from campus until further notice. The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University’s largest college, was the first to move to online-only classes Wednesday in Pomona and at its campus in Lebanon, Oregon. Also at the Pomona campus, the colleges ...
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This is what LAUSD is doing as the coronavirus spreads

Los Angeles Unified employees disinfected “high-touch” areas and restricted out-of-state travel by staff but otherwise continued to operate schools normally as public health officials on Monday announced Los Angeles County’s first new coronavirus case in which the patient had no history of exposure. The school district warned of possible future school closures. Plant Manager David Muro, uses disinfectant to clean high touch areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Wilber Charter f...
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Delta sued again over jet fuel dumped on LA-area schools

LOS ANGELES — Delta Air Lines is facing a lawsuit from three students at Pioneer High School in Whittier who claim they experienced symptoms such as emotional distress, skin irritation, dizziness, and nausea from jet fuel dumped on their school by a Delta airplane. The lawsuit was filed on Friday at the Spring Street Courthouse. It is the second lawsuit filed against the airline after Delta Flight 89 released thousands of gallons of jet fuel over parts of Los Angeles County, prompting hazardous-...
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Alhambra’s Mark Keppel High wins L.A. County Academic Decathlon; Alhambra High is second

Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra was named on Friday, Feb. 6, the winner of the Los Angeles County Academic Decathlon and will take part in the statewide competition in March. The Mark Keppel team scored 53,704 points out of a possible 60,000 in the competition. The school finished second in last year’s county competition. Alhambra High School, which finished in 18th place last year’s event, made a major improvement this year, placing second with 49,469 points. LA County Superintendent of S...
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SoCal students face disappointment, uncertainty after virus outbreak cancels study-abroad sessions in China

Grant Richardson’s dad Phillip watches a press conference on the novel coronavirus at home in Newport Coast on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Grant Richardson, a Pepperdine University sophomore, was forced to return from his semester abroad in Shanghai due to the novel coronavirus that forced Pepperdine to suspend its program there. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) Grant Richardson, a Pepperdine University sophomore, was forced to return from his semester abroad in Shanghai due ...
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These San Fernando Valley schools just earned ‘Distinguished’ honors

San Fernando Valley public schools have more than just holiday cheer and a break to celebrate at the end of the year this year. Twelve Los Angeles Unified School District campuses in the 818, and several from Glendale, Burbank and the Santa Clarita Valley, were deemed a Distinguised School by the state Department of Education. Bottom line: They are doing their homework, in all kinds of ways. More than 100 elementary schools in Los Angeles County and 35 in Orange County were among 323 learning in...
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LAUSD San Fernando Valley classrooms, campuses, set to re-open for students Monday after Tick, Basin fires

Los Angeles Unified School District campuses and classes in the San Fernando Valley will re-open on Monday, days after a swarm of fires in and around north Los Angeles County filled the air with smoke for days. Local schools had closed Friday after a swarm of fires flared up in the area the day before — notably the Tick Fire in Canyon Country and the Basin fire in the Sepulveda Basin in Van Nuys. District officials said Sunday that outside activities may be limited throughout the week, depending...
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