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Get ready for the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 15

At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, millions of Californians are expected to drop, cover and hold on during the Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in the state. All K-12 schools and districts in Orange County are encouraged to participate in the exercise, responding just as they would during an actual seismic event. [...]
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With more scorching temperatures ahead, OC health officials offer tips for keeping your cool

Here we go again. Temperatures in some Orange County communities are expected to approach triple-digits this week, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly for more sensitive populations. “During extremely hot weather it is important to check on those who are at high risk to make sure they are staying cool,” says County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler. “The people at highest risk during extreme heat include seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease, and young children.” [...]
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Answers to frequently asked questions about California school vaccination laws

This summer, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new vaccine law, Senate Bill 277, which states that parents of students who attend public or private schools can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on a personal belief exemption. However, current vaccine laws that went into effect in 2014 are still in place for the 2015-16 school year. [...]
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Three-day Safe Schools Conference features 48 workshops focusing on trends and best practices

More than local 500 educators, school workers and law enforcement representatives will gather in Costa Mesa this week to address critical school safety and security issues during the sixth annual Safe Schools Conference. Presented by former state Secretary of Education Dave Long in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the three-day conference will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Hilton Orange County. [...]
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‘Return-to-Learn’ post-concussion training for OC schools coming in August

Each year, thousands of children sustain concussions, but the path to recovery doesn’t always end after the initial treatment. For students returning to school after a traumatic brain injury, the experience of learning and engaging in academic activities that require concentration may actually cause concussion symptoms to reappear – or worsen. [...]
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California Department of Education develops drought response best practices for schools

California is now in its fourth straight year of below average rainfall and this past winter was one of the warmest on record. The snow pack in the Sierra Nevada has a water content of only five percent of the historic average, the lowest since 1950. This has placed California firmly in one of the worst droughts in the state's recorded history. Everyone, including schools, are encouraged to do their part to conserve water. [...]