Weekly roundup: More OC schools are back in session, a life-saving addition to school IDs, and more

Students in Buena Park, Fullerton, Santa Ana and Tustin headed back to school this week, and more districts are set to reopen next week. In case you missed it, we’ve got the start dates for every district in Orange County.


As part of its back-to-school coverage, the Orange County Register posted a photo gallery from Tustin Unified’s first day, along with a quick rundown of new principal assignments.

The newspaper also wrote about the merging of two Santa Ana schools into a single pre-K-8 campus with a dual-immersion focus and profiled Dana Hills High School’s new principal with a Q&A.

Meanwhile, EdSource reported that some California high schools are leveraging summer bridge programs to help incoming freshmen successfully make the transition from middle school.

And here are a few more education stories from the week ending Aug. 16:

  • Irvine students explored a replica mine and zip-lined during a STEAM camp offered through the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s summer enrichment program. More than 500 STEAM classes serving 10,000 students were offered this summer.
  • As California districts try to pull together instructional materials tied to new science standards, a nationwide project led by philanthropists, state leaders and curriculum writers is offering to assist teachers and students by providing free, open-source materials.

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