education

Students take part in their remote learning classes at Midtown Terrace Park during the Decreasing the Distance “Zoom In” demonstration in San Francisco. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco schools scramble to meet high demand for online learning

‘The constraints around resources and staffing is real’

 

Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)

How California universities are tracking campus COVID cases

Cal State and UC campuses have dashboards, but details vary

  • Sep 10, 2021

 

Mario Ramirez Garcia, 10, attends online class in the bedroom he shares with his sister in April 23. “It’s funner in real school,” said Mario of distance learning. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

Quarantining students could get more instruction with proposed independent study changes

Learners would receive comparable curriculum and increased time with teachers

  • Sep 8, 2021

 

School administrators are becoming contact tracers at San Francisco Unified School District campuses when positive COVID cases are reported.<ins></ins>

A new role for school staff: COVID contact tracers

‘Once you find out someone has tested positive, the clock starts’

School administrators are becoming contact tracers at San Francisco Unified School District campuses when positive COVID cases are reported.<ins></ins>
Students at Normont Elementary School in Los Angeles went back to class on Aug. 16; since then parents, teachers and administrators are in conflict about safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID.	(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

COVID testing was supposed to keep schools safe — what happened?

Test shortages, inconsistent protocols are leaving parents confused and frustrated

  • Sep 7, 2021
Students at Normont Elementary School in Los Angeles went back to class on Aug. 16; since then parents, teachers and administrators are in conflict about safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID.	(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)
Heliotrope Avenue Elementary students in Los Angeles begin the school year; despite shortages across the state, Los Angeles Unified School District officials say they have a “robust” pool of substitutes to fill vacancies.<ins> (Betty Marquez/EdSource)</ins>
Heliotrope Avenue Elementary students in Los Angeles begin the school year; despite shortages across the state, Los Angeles Unified School District officials say they have a “robust” pool of substitutes to fill vacancies.<ins> (Betty Marquez/EdSource)</ins>
Some parents who identify the benefits of early education say that children who cannot attend transitional kindergarten — a TK class a Figarden Elementary School in Fresno is pictured — are missing a lifelong learning opportunity. (Liv Ames/EdSource)

Should all school districts be required to offer transitional kindergarten?

Advocates cite advantages of high quality early education

  • Sep 1, 2021
Some parents who identify the benefits of early education say that children who cannot attend transitional kindergarten — a TK class a Figarden Elementary School in Fresno is pictured — are missing a lifelong learning opportunity. (Liv Ames/EdSource)
As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF educators focus on mental health as new student behavior emerges

‘Our kids have gone through a lot and they’re still going through a lot’

As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
From left: Miranda Martin, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, and Kate Moore, assistant director of operations, at the PPS-SF offices in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Why a SF parent group decided to stop live-tweeting school board meetings

‘The goal of our organization is to have people feel good about public education in The City’

From left: Miranda Martin, interim executive director of Parents for Public Schools San Francisco, and Kate Moore, assistant director of operations, at the PPS-SF offices in the Mission District on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
California lawmakers are considering a plan aimed at making it easier for California community college students to transfer a state four-year campus. (iStock)

Could proposed plan ease transfer woes for California community college students?

Many don’t go to UC, Cal State due to frustrating, complex process

  • Aug 26, 2021
California lawmakers are considering a plan aimed at making it easier for California community college students to transfer a state four-year campus. (iStock)
While advocates have advised keeping classroom windows open during the pandemic, poor air quality from wildfires has prompted San Francisco public schools to invest in air purifiers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF schools wrestle with clean air and failing infrastructure

Parents, unions calling for more resources to keep everyone safe

While advocates have advised keeping classroom windows open during the pandemic, poor air quality from wildfires has prompted San Francisco public schools to invest in air purifiers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Brianna Alvarez worked on a project representing her Peruvian and Mexican heritage in Charlene Fried’s English class. (Courtesy Charlene Fried/EdSource)

How California teachers are welcoming back English learners — with language and community

Focus is to make school a welcoming place to ease anxiety caused by the pandemic

  • Aug 24, 2021
Brianna Alvarez worked on a project representing her Peruvian and Mexican heritage in Charlene Fried’s English class. (Courtesy Charlene Fried/EdSource)
Teachers helped children find their parents outside Tenderloin Community Elementary School at the end of the school day on Tuesday. 
Kevin N. Hume/
The Examiner

Doctors remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ as SF schools reopen

Parents still have questions: ‘It doesn’t feel like anyone wants to talk about contingency plans’

Teachers helped children find their parents outside Tenderloin Community Elementary School at the end of the school day on Tuesday. 
Kevin N. Hume/
The Examiner
Siblings hugged as they entered Norseman Elementary school in Fresno on Aug. 12, the first day of class. (Tomas Ovalle/The New York Times)

As school starts, can children stay safe from COVID-19?

By Soumya Karlamangla New York Times This wasn’t how the school year…

  • Aug 16, 2021
Siblings hugged as they entered Norseman Elementary school in Fresno on Aug. 12, the first day of class. (Tomas Ovalle/The New York Times)
Grief, especially in light of COVID, can come in waves that may be unpredictable, experts say. (Alison Yin/EdSource)

How schools help students who’ve lost loved ones to COVID

Survey: At least 30% of California students said they’d lost a loved one during the pandemic

  • Aug 13, 2021
Grief, especially in light of COVID, can come in waves that may be unpredictable, experts say. (Alison Yin/EdSource)
Under new Calfiornia law, public schools must offer independent study, and individual districts will have flexibility in developing programs. (Shutterstock)

Quick guide: What is independent study in California?

Schools must offer it as an alternative to in-person instruction in 2021-22

  • Aug 9, 2021
Under new Calfiornia law, public schools must offer independent study, and individual districts will have flexibility in developing programs. (Shutterstock)
Second grader Genesis Ulloa leads students in an after-school community hub in a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF parents face school year with hope, trepidation and concern

‘Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it’

Second grader Genesis Ulloa leads students in an after-school community hub in a game at the Mission YMCA on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Among complications surrounding fall 2021 college attendance are varying requirements regarding vaccinations at University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley. (Shutterstock)

Colleges prepare for incoming freshmen with high school learning loss

By Larry Gordon EdSource Beyond the usual efforts to get new students…

  • Jul 6, 2021
Among complications surrounding fall 2021 college attendance are varying requirements regarding vaccinations at University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley. (Shutterstock)
Cassondra Curiel is the new president of United Educators of San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

SF teachers’ union: From the conflicts of COVID, a new leader emerged

During the pandemic, San Francisco’s teachers’ union found itself under an intense…

Cassondra Curiel is the new president of United Educators of San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride is a learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. (Screenshot)

Tips for summer learning

School’s out for the season, but educational activities continue

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride is a learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. (Screenshot)