Weekly roundup: OC Artists of the Year, distance learning considerations, and more

The Orange County Register has announced the top student artists recognized through its Orange County High School Artist of the Year program, which, like most of us, hit a few hurdles in recent months.

This year’s winners, by category, are:

As you can see, the Register has profiled all seven of the top honorees. But it’s worth noting that the 2020 edition almost didn’t happen. Even before the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person interviews and performances, the program was nearly derailed by a shortage of funding in the fall.

The newspaper says Chapman University stepped in and agreed to be a partner moving forward, and Laguna College of Art and Design has expanded its support with awards and scholarships for contest winners.

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

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered 19 counties to suspend indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and other businesses for at least three weeks. Our running digest of COVID-19 news also has information on the extended deadline for families to apply for food and grocery benefits.
  • The 2020 census count is underway, and the Orange County Department of Education has curated a batch of resources to help teachers and community leaders spread the word.
  • Survey results show a fifth of Los Angeles Unified School District parents say they’re not ready to return their kids to in-person instruction, and more than a third of the district’s employees are against returning as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
  • It’s still unclear what campuses in California will look like in the fall. But some schools in China, Belgium, the Netherlands, and some remote parts of the United States may offer a glimpse of our future, EdSource reports.

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