Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

CSBA, Education Coalition caution that schools cannot safely reopen with current funding

29 May
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CSBA joined administrators, business officials, educators, classified personnel and parents on Thursday as the Education Coalition urged California’s lawmakers to adopt a 2020–21 budget that provides sufficient funding to safely reopen schools this fall. Among other severe cuts, the May Revision slashes 10 percent from the Local Control Funding Formula. The budget further lacks specific and sufficient funding to enact COVID-19 mitigation strategies in schools, such as purchasing the necessary personal protective equipment, testing, screening and deep cleaning, as well...

National guidance provides considerations to jumpstart high school athletics

27 May
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When student athletes return to campus in the fall, neither classrooms nor extracurricular activities will look the same. Under new guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations, social distancing must be taken into account, and high-contact sports may not return for some time. “Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities” — developed by the 15-member NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee — provides a possible three-phase progression for reopening participation in athletics. The committee is composed...

A Conversation With: Debbie Raucher

26 May
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John Burton Advocates for Youth, named for the former member of the California State Assembly and President Pro Tem of the State Senate, works to improve the quality of life for California’s foster, former foster and homeless youth through three areas: housing, health and education. As the organization’s education director, Debbie Raucher oversees all of the nonprofit’s programs related to education — the majority of which focus on supporting transition-age foster youth and those who have experienced homelessness to ensure...

President’s Message: Building a bridge across the digital divide

19 May
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In this space last month, I commended the tireless work of trustees, administrators, teachers, classified staff and others for truly rising to the challenge and finding creative ways to teach and serve students on a massive scale and in relatively short order. And while much of the focus has been appropriately placed on the need for distance learning, what deserves equal attention is whether schools and their students have the resources to implement distance learning effectively and equitably. According to...

Focus on outreach, health and data can help schools limit COVID-19 impacts

17 Apr
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Education leaders and researchers alike have identified troubling projected outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread school closures: the large number of children who may “fall through the cracks” without their usual support systems and those students whose educational deficits may grow. Schools, however, can limit these adverse impacts on students’ well-being and academic progress by emphasizing family connections, promoting physical and behavioral health, and leveraging existing data to target and tailor supports. That message was conveyed by speakers across...

CDE webinar shares insights, practices for special education during school closures

7 Apr
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Of the myriad important issues facing California’s local educational agencies in their abrupt switch to distance learning, questions around serving students with special needs have come to the forefront. As LEAs address a number of legal issues, both the state and federal education departments have said that they do not want regulations to stand in the way of good faith efforts to provide distance learning to students with disabilities. To offer a look at some of the practices and strategies...

Study finds schools increasingly rely on and benefit from anonymous school safety tip lines

23 Mar
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More than half of U.S. public middle and high schools operate a tip line aimed at increasing student safety, and more than three in four principals reported that tip lines made them more aware of overall safety issues at their schools, according to recent survey results. The study, “Tip Lines for School Safety: A National Portrait of Tip Line Use,” was conducted by RTI International with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. Findings were based on responses from a...

Resource suite for schools and families during COVID-19 closures

20 Mar
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Student health and well-being Suggestions for educators on addressing the social and emotional needs of students from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Materials for schools and districts to support for their students and community around COVID-19 and pandemics from the National Association of School Psychiatrists Resources for COVID-19 from the California Association of School Psychologists Pandemic flu checklist: K-12 school administrators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Countering coronavirus stigma and racism: Tips for teachers and other educators from the...

Coronavirus update: California officials to provide ongoing guidance to LEAs dealing with COVID-19 closures

19 Mar
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State education and health officials convened March 18 for a webinar meant to ease some concerns held by county and district leaders surrounding the long-term, widespread school closures caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, more than 98 percent of the state’s 6.2 million public school students remain out of school due to the rapidly evolving pandemic. During the webinar, officials from the Governor’s Office, California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Health and...

Governor issues executive order ensuring state funding for coronavirus-related school closures

16 Mar
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Early on the evening on March 13, 2020, Gov. Newsom issued an executive order addressing some of the unresolved questions prompted by coronavirus-related school closures. The order ensures that districts will receive state funding as normal and will not lose Average Daily Attendance (ADA) revenue when closing schools to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order requires that school districts and county offices of education use this funding to support distance learning and high-quality educational opportunities, offer school meals...