Inspired by the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of students from the Anaheim Union High School District spent Monday’s national holiday bettering their campuses and communities.
As the Orange County Register reported, Kennedy High seniors and freshmen made a giant get-well poster for La Palma Intercommunity Hospital visitors, while their counterparts from Anaheim High School painted kindness rocks to leave throughout their neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, Oxford Academy students participated in campus beautification projects, made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a homeless group, and held an e-waste collection drive.
OCDE took delivery of more than 1.7 million N95 masks from the California Department of Public Health. The masks, which offer a greater level of protection against COVID-19, were being made available to school districts and charter schools for students and staff. A smaller shipment of child-size masks is expected as soon as this weekend.
The president of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified school board abruptly ended a meeting early for the second time in two weeks after trying to convince audience members to wear face masks in accordance with state health orders.
A growing number of California families chose to home-school their children during the pandemic, and many are sticking with it. The reasons for doing so are complex and span the socioeconomic and political spectrums, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Local school board meetings, once low-profile and nonpartisan, have become virtual battle zones with heated political rhetoric in the COVID-19 era, the Orange County Register reports.
Each year, students at Laguna Beach High School get a chance to better understand the college experience by hearing directly from recent graduates who have since moved on to higher education. The latest College Unplugged event took place on Jan. 5.