Weekly roundup: Santa Ana to hold graduations at Angel Stadium, signing day a time for celebration, and more

The Santa Ana Unified School District announced that it’s partnering with Angel Stadium to host all of its commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021 at the Anaheim ballpark.

Graphic with Angel Stadium and SAUSD logo
Santa Ana Unified plans to hold its district graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021 at Angel Stadium.

“This is part of the ongoing effort to make this experience the most memorable and inclusive for our students and families,” the district said in a news release.

Santa Ana’s graduations are set to take place in the Big A around the second week of June. More information, including the specific dates and times of each ceremony, will be released at a later date.

And here are some of the other stories we’ve been following this week:

  • After a year of COVID-era restrictions on youth sports, signing day was cause for celebration for Orange County student-athletes who will be taking their talents to the collegiate level.
  • With Orange County in the less-restrictive orange tier, the 16,000-student Anaheim Elementary School District became the latest OC district to resume in-person instruction, reopening its campuses on Monday, April 12.
  • Each year around this time, OCDE and VSA Orange County team up to spotlight the artistic achievements of individuals with disabilities. The 2021 VSA Festival, which will be held virtually for the second year in a row, will reflect the theme “Be Brave, Be Kind, Be You.”
  • Orange County continues to mourn the loss of Dr. John (Jack) Bedell, a longtime professor who leveraged his signature charm, wit and humor to build relationships and find consensus during his 16 years on the OC Board of Education. Bedell died April 7 at age 78.
  • Orange County high schoolers are encouraged to build inclusive communities while playing popular online games during a series of upcoming gaming nights organized by the North America Scholastic Esports Federation.
  • Two Orange County districts have been recognized by the state for the work of their school attendance review boards, or SARBs, which are being hailed as model programs that developed innovative strategies to support students during distance learning.
  • State health officials have released updated guidance for indoor live performances and private events. Both documents break down what’s allowable in each tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, although the governor has said the color-coded tiers used to track county progress could be phased out as early as mid-June if certain criteria are met.
  • A recent survey indicates Asian American students are far more likely to be learning remotely than members of other racial and ethnic groups, with nearly 7 in 10 still in distance learning as of February. Experts cite a number of possible explanations.

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