Weekly roundup: Orange County schools endure Omicron storm, and more

From surging case rates to the distribution of at-home testing kits, COVID-19 and its Omicron variant continued to dominate education news coverage. Here’s a look at stories from the week ending Friday, Jan. 7:

  • OC schools continued to take a number of steps to reduce on-campus transmission, from enforcing state mask mandates and quarantine protocols to tracking, reporting and communicating new cases.
  • Meanwhile, state and county health officials issued new guidance on quarantines, isolation and so-called “Mega Events.”
  • Calls to teach ethnic studies and concerns over critical race theory made for a tumultuous year for Orange County school boards, the Voice of OC reported.
  • And in case you missed it, Dr. Al Mijares, who leads OCDE as Orange County’s superintendent of schools, made the OC Register’s roundup of the 125 top local influencers of 2021.

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