Weekly roundup: An OC prep football preview, reactions to the state’s public health order, and more

News blocksWith the Delta variant surging, most of this week’s education news understandably centered on COVID-19 protocols, including the new public health order requiring school staff to verify they’re vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested regularly.

But on a lighter note, high school football is coming back, and the Orange County Register published its annual prep preview, featuring a preseason ranking of the county’s top 25 squads. The newspaper also offered a look at the top 150 impact players coming into the new season.

And here are some of the stories we’ve been tracking this week:

  • In Orange County, reactions to the state health order ran the gamut, according to the Register. While some parents called it a necessary step to protect students, others assailed the order as an example of government overreach.
  • Meanwhile, the Voice of OC notes that COVID-19 vaccine verifications are becoming more common across Orange County. In addition to school staff, the state requires state employees and workers in the health care sector to show proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing.
  • Some colleges and universities are also requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination before students can attend in-person classes. But there are fresh concerns over fake CDC cards for those who refuse to get the shot.
  • A petition seeking to nix the “Colonists” as Anaheim High School’s official symbol and mascot has collected more than 5,100 signatures, with some saying the name is insensitive to indigenous populations.
  • And finally, Spectrum News 1 reported on the four clean-energy electric buses that were recently added to the Anaheim Elementary School District’s transportation fleet. The acquisition was made possible by a grant from the California Energy Commission, and four more electric buses are coming to the district in the fall.

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