Weekly roundup: Santa Ana Unified enters partnership, secondary students return in Newport-Mesa, and more

The 50,000-student Santa Ana Unified School District and six other large districts in California recently announced they’re committing to a common standard for resuming in-person instruction.

Title for "In the news"The Los Angeles Unified School District is also part of the pact, along with the Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego districts.

Representing more than one million students combined, they’re calling for the state’s public schools to embrace a shared path to reopening safely, and they say they’re seeking commitments from Governor Newsom, the state Legislature, and local county and city governments.

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

  • With higher COVID-19 rates than the rest of the county, Santa Ana Unified hasn’t been able to reopen any of its campuses for in-person instruction. But the district continues to adapt, and officials say they’re working to offer students more support for distance learning as they eye reopening timelines.
  • OCDE is teaming up with Cox Communications, Cox Business and the Orange County Business Council to rally businesses and the public to take part in a two-week computer drive that will put refurbished devices in the hands of local students who need them.
  • Starting next week, students at Orange High School will have access to a brand new STEM complex featuring high-tech science labs and classrooms. The facility is part of the initial phase of the $288 million Measure S renovation program.
  • OCDE’s stockpile of supplies for families experiencing homelessness is running on empty, with the pandemic driving up the local demand for clothes, shoes, diapers, hygiene products, laundry detergent, school supplies and other necessities.
  • The New York Times reports that President-elect Joe Biden has outlined an education agenda that is vastly different from his predecessor’s, starting with a more cautious approach to school reopenings.

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