Weekly roundup: Daylight Saving Time ends, fire crews gain ground, substitute teachers wanted, and more

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, so be sure to set those clocks back one hour — lest you find yourself starting school and work 60 minutes early on Monday.

Title for "In the news"OK, so adjusting clocks isn’t quite as urgent as it used to be with smartphones and Wi-Fi-connected toasters and all, but the time shift is also a good reminder to change out the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.

That’s our PSA for the day, and here are some of the education stories we’ve been following this week:

  • A number of local districts temporarily closed campuses this week in response to the wind-driven Silverado and Blue Ridge fires that raged through parts of Orange County. The OCDE Newsroom posted a running digest to track newer developments.
  • Dr. Jim Elsasser, who’s been superintendent of Claremont Unified for nearly a decade after working in Anaheim and Los Alamitos, has been announced as the next superintendent of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. His projected start date is Jan. 4.
  • Dozens of school districts across the state are asking voters to approve facilities bond measures totaling approximately $13 billion. As EdSource reports, districts would be able to use some of these dollars to make their campuses safer when in-person instruction fully resumes.
  • With COVID-19 infections rising in L.A. County, campuses in Los Angeles Unified — the nation’s second largest school system — aren’t likely to reopen before January, school board members told The Los Angeles Times.
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