Weekly roundup: Two Tesoro High School teens make a difference, COVID-19 monitoring list countdown, and more

Two high school students from Tesoro High School in the Capistrano Unified School District have come together to offer online tutoring for students who are struggling with distance learning.

Suki Chandok and Sonia Sanghani were featured Thursday evening in the CBS2 news segment “People Making a Difference,” where they shared their own struggles with distance learning and the reason why they feel so passionate about helping students in their community.

Tesoro High School students
Tesoro High School students Suki Chandok and Sonia Sanghani

“We wanted to use our free time over the summer to help kids improve their understanding of school subjects through online tutoring,” said Sanghani.

The students charge a nominal fee of five dollars an hour for their tutoring sessions and use Google meets, Google classrooms, Google docs and various other free online tools to tutor their students. They donated 100 percent of their summer profits to charities supporting those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The teens are ready to take their initiative to the next level and hope to continue to support COVID-19 charities on a more global level. For more information on the tutoring program, visit their website.

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

  • Based on the latest figures recorded on the OC Health Care Agency’s COVID-19 dashboard, Wednesday, Aug. 19 marked the first day that Orange County successfully reported data below all of the state’s monitoring thresholds. The county could make its way off of the state’s watch list by Saturday, Aug. 22.
  • Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares was featured on the Schools on the Frontlines podcast, where he talked about decision-making and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed a bill requiring California State University students who enter as freshmen in 2021-22 to take an ethnic studies course focused on one of four ethnic groups in order to graduate.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District recently launched a new program that will provide regular COVID-19 testing and contact tracing to school staff, students and their families.
  • This year, school districts won’t be expected to produce the traditional Local Control Accountability Plan – or LCAP. Instead, they must show how they’re addressing learning gaps with the new Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan.

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