Weekly roundup: Football practice resumes, concerns about vaccination rates, and more

The Beckman High football team was eager to finally participate in its first football practice of the season — even if it was a little light on football.

Title for "In the news"Prep football games that were supposed to kick off this week have instead been pushed back to January by the pandemic. But, as the Orange County Register reported, athletes are now permitted to take part in outdoor conditioning drills. On Wednesday, Beckman players returned to their campus for a practice that featured temperature checks, social distancing and face masks.

“We had four months off between seeing each other and doing an actual workout together,” running back Jett Daviss told the Register. “It’s nice for us to be around each other again.”

And here are some of other education stories from the week ending Aug. 28:

  • Say goodbye to the COVID-19 watchlist. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a new color-coded system for tracking county progress based on new case rates and testing positivity percentages. Orange County will debut in the most restrictive category, but the local health officer says K-12 campuses should be in a position to resume on-site instruction as early as Sept. 8 if OC’s numbers continue trending in the right direction.
  • Teachers took temperatures and offered air hugs to students on the first day of on-site instruction at Fairmont’s Historic Anaheim Campus, which qualified for a waiver to reopen in person.
  • For nearly 15 years, OCDE’s Family & Community Partnerships network has been building relationships between schools, homes and communities. The network’s services, now mostly virtual, have become even more important during the pandemic.

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