Category Archives: Conditions of Children

Conditions of Children

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...

Brief outlines severe impacts of immigration enforcement on students and schools

3 Mar
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Current U.S. immigration enforcement policies have thrust many students “into the center of an excruciatingly difficult situation” and severely impacted schools’ efforts to offer an equitable education to all students, according to a new brief from Harvard University’s Immigration Initiative. “Under Siege: The Disturbing Impact of Immigration Enforcement on the Nation’s Schools” concludes that immigration enforcement is presenting major challenges for students, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and communities. The brief reviewed representative nationwide survey results from more than 3,600 educators...

African American History Month: An interview with Bettye Lusk, CSBA Director-at-Large, African American

28 Feb
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Each February, African American History Month marks a time for celebrating the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S. history. To help mark the month, California School News interviewed Bettye Lusk, CSBA’s Director-at-Large, African American and longtime trustee for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, for her perspectives on her childhood, the importance of educational equity and the path toward greater outcomes for all students. Question: Tell us a little about your background and upbringing. Answer:...

What school boards should know about the new ‘public charge rule’

4 Feb
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On Jan. 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to allow revisions to the “public charge rule” to go into effect while legal challenges to the expansion of this rule proceed through the courts. As a result, the federal government can now enforce the expanded public charge rule. It is important for district and county office of education boards to proactively communicate accurate information to their communities — public education and programs serving students at schools...

School facilities bond measure gains steam; boards can show support with resolution

23 Jan
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With less than two months until the March 3 primary election, new polling shows that 53 percent of likely voters support a critical state bond measure that would provide $15 billion for facilities at California’s preschools, K-12 schools, community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The polling from the Public Policy Institute of California also finds that 36 percent of likely voters oppose Proposition 13 and 10 percent are undecided. The survey results represent a noticeable uptick from November 2019,...