Commencement ceremonies in the age of COVID-19 won’t soon be forgotten.
That much was made clear by this week’s news coverage in the Orange County Register and Daily Pilot.
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified was among the districts that held drive-thru celebrations this week. The Register shared galleries of photos from Valencia High, and Yorba Linda High, where seniors posed for pictures with their newly minted diplomas as family and friends snapped photos from car windows and the beds of pickup trucks.
And here are some other school-related stories from the week ending June 12:
The California Department of Education unveiled its highly anticipated guidance for reopening school campuses this week, calling for face coverings, physical distancing and regular symptom screenings for students and staff.
How realistic is social distancing? Can students be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19? How might teachers be affected, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions? Those are some of the underlying questions school districts must answer before reopening, EdSource reports.
The bell tolled one last time for the iconic Pilgrim in Dana Point Harbor. The beloved tall ship, which has served as a floating STEM classroom and history lesson for students and visitors since the 1980s, sank back in March and could not be repaired.
Santa Ana Unified’s school board adopted a resolution this week that requires students to complete a one-year ethnic studies course before receiving their diploma. The mandate starts in 2022-23 with incoming high schoolers, according to the Voice of OC.