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Lake Travis looks to bounce back in district opener


It’s not quite back to the drawing board following a 59-35 loss to Rockwall, but there is still a long way to go for Lake Travis as he prepares for Friday’s District 26-6A opener in San Marcos.

At Rockwall, Lake Travis had his moments, but in the end he couldn’t get any defensive saves or keep up with the Yellow Jackets.

“We did some good things,” Lake Travis coach Hank Carter said on Monday. “But we had to be a little better. ”

Defensively, the Cavaliers struggled to tackle Rockwall’s receivers in space and compete for balls in the air. Offensively, the Cavaliers suffered a series of dropped passes, made three turnovers and missed a field goal.

Following:District 26-6A football update: Westlake and Bowie enter District undefeated

“In the second half we struggled to maintain practice,” said Carter. “We would get out there and make a mistake and then we just couldn’t keep up. ”

But make no mistake about it. Led by Isaac Norris and DJ Johnson, Lake Travis produced over 500 yards of attack and scored 35 points, more than enough to win on most nights.

“It doesn’t feel good right now, but we know it will pay off down the road,” Carter said.

Down the road this week starts in San Marcos. Carter is confident the defense will come together and become more aggressive. While the defense appears to be rebounding from last week’s struggles, so does the attack.

DJ Johnson, vying for a touchdown against Arlington Martin in the season opener, has become one of the Cavs' most important offensive weapons despite his debut in defense.  Johnson and the Cavs are hoping to bounce back from last week's loss to Rockwall in Friday's District 26-6A opener against San Marcos.

“We just need to refocus this week,” said quarterback Bo Edmundson. “I wouldn’t say we’re crushed, but now we need to focus on our district games. This does not take away from our ultimate goal. We just need to get back on our feet and get going. ”

Edmundson had a season-high 301 yards, but also threw three second-half interceptions, one of which was returned for a Rockwall touchdown.

“Bo holds himself to a very high standard,” Carter said. “There are a few shots he wants to recover, but there were also a few shots that our guys have to fight better for.”

Second-half struggles defeated a first half in which the Cavaliers responded score for score to Rockwall.

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“We were driving blow for blow with them,” said Edmundson. “They started to score and we were able to react. We had to finish this game. We have to be able to go blow for blow with every offense. ”

Most of Lake Travis’ offensive shots over the course of three games have come from Norris and Johnson. Between them, they scored 12 of the team’s 14 offensive touchdowns. Carter and Edmundson know Lake Travis can’t count on their double all season.

“The more weapons we can have at Bo’s disposal, the better off we’ll be,” Carter said.

With Johnson leading the Cavaliers’ hasty attack and the combination of Norris (27 catches) and Caleb Burton (10 catches) leading the reception, there is still room for other players to be more systematically involved in the attack.

Chernet Estes and Noah Byrd are both first-year offensive starters, and both have had seven catches in three games. Three of Estes ‘catches came against Rockwall, including two in a practice that led to Lake Travis’ first touchdown – her most important catches of the young season. Edmundson said he needed to bring Estes and Byrd into games earlier than he had been able to do so far.

“It’s about putting them on a roll early in games,” said Edmundson. “Isaac and DJ roll, and most of that happens early in games. I just need to find this with Chernet and Noah. I was able to find Chernet on a few parts early on where it really bailed me out. It helps everyone to build their confidence.

The Cavaliers can also boost their confidence by focusing on – and mastering – certain details this week in practice. It’s the little things, Edmundson said, that can help Lake Travis become more consistent – and explosive.

“We just have to keep working,” said the quarterback. “There are little things that we have to keep working to master. As we go into week four, I know we’re going to pick things up. ”


Lake Travis, ranked No. 10 in the state, opens the game for District 26-6A in San Marcos.

If you go there:

Kick-off: 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Rattler Stadium, San Marcos

On air :

Radio: 104.9 FM Le Cor

Online: Texan Live by Dave Campbell (texasfootball.com/texan-live for the link)

Series history: San Marcos leads 2-1

Lake Travis claimed their first victory over San Marcos last year. Prior to last year, the teams hadn’t played since 2001.

About San Marcos

In his second year in charge, former Denton Guyer coach John Walsh, who won two state titles at Denton Guyer, is looking to bring the Rattlers into playoff contention. San Marcos enter the game after dominating San Antonio East Central 28-16 for their first victory. Jaidyn Brown ran for 209 yards and three scores to lead the Rattlers, and Isaiah DeLeon played football without errors, completing 60% of his passes with a touchdown.

Rattlers to watch

Jaidyn Brown and Kanui Guidry, running backs. Guidry had got off to a quick start in 2020 before an injury ended his season. He returned and opened the season with a 100-yard game against New Braunfels in the season opener, but hasn’t played since. In his place, Brown led the Rattlers to last week’s victory over previously undefeated East Central. If both full-backs are available for this week’s game, they will give the Lake Travis defense food for thought.

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Caribou elementary school pushed to distance learning by epidemics of extracurricular sports

CARIBOU, Maine – Caribou’s K-8 school will be remote from Thursday until at least September 24 following exposures and the spread of COVID-19 during after-school sports and other extracurricular activities.

In a school of 722, nearly a third of the students were absent Wednesday.

There have been nine active cases of COVID-19 among the student body at Caribou Community School, with 166 children and about eight teachers in quarantine as close contacts, RSU 39 Superintendent Tim Doak said Wednesday afternoon. Another 58 children were absent from school – some for regular appointments and others who called due to illness.

RSU 39 decided to put on masks in its schools before the students at Caribou Community School return to class, but most cases and exposures occur after school during sports – when children are not not required to wear masks – and other activities, Doak said. The district will not yet impose masks for its outdoor fall sports, but Doak said it was likely that in winter indoor sports would require face coverings and again limit spectators.

Statewide, the spread of COVID-19 among athletes – especially those who aren’t vaccinated – has thrown a wrench in fall sports leagues across the state and created a planning nightmare as athletic directors try to get around unforeseeable cancellations and postponements.

“I put all my trust in the Maine Principals Association for its advice and professionalism… [but] I think it would be impossible for us to do indoor sports without masks, ”Doak said. “The hardest thing about COVID is that we limit the experiences every child should have in school.”

About 40 children from the Caribou Youth Football League were exposed to the virus, and over the weekend, between 20 and 30 college football players faced a visiting team with a COVID-positive player, Doak said.

At Caribou High School, an outbreak of COVID-19 at the start of the year when masks were still optional forced the girls ‘varsity soccer team to miss the first game of their season and the boys’ team to miss his first two.

So far, the Caribou Community School has not identified a viral spread in the building, and Doak has speculated that the other cases and exposures are likely to appear after school as well.

“We try to do our best to keep the children safe, but when they leave us at 3pm, we have no control over what they are doing,” Doak said. “They’re going to want to live the way they’ve always lived and I don’t blame them for that, but this is how the spread is happening.”

Doak said that with so many exhibits, he believed getting away was the only way to ensure the school didn’t become a place of community transmission.

The Caribou Community School’s switch to distance learning comes amid a record increase in the number of cases in Aroostook County, which has been exacerbated by the start of the school year.

As of Wednesday, Caribou High School had six active cases and 54 students in quarantine, but planned to continue teaching in person.

Later, Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill announced it would be going remote Thursday for the first time this year. Earlier this week, the entire Houlton school district, RSU 29, began a two-week distance learning period due to outbreaks in all of its schools.

“It’s almost an endless cycle of bad news,” Doak said.

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SC Gov says Midlands School District is ‘model’ for dealing with COVID-19 pandemic

CAMDEN, SC (WSPA) – Officials from the Kershaw County School District have said the number of new weekly COVID-19 cases among students and staff is dropping.

Governor Henry McMaster (R-South Carolina) visited Camden Elementary School to host a roundtable with school officials to discuss their COVID-19 mitigation tools.

Superintendent Dr Shane Robbins said new cases peaked on August 20. It’s about two weeks after classes start in Kershaw County. Since then, the number of students isolated for positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines has declined.

COVID-19 data for Kershaw County School District (Source: KCSD)

He said, “Our data tells us that our community is doing an incredible job keeping our buildings open.”

Superintendent Robbins attributes this to their layered approach to COVID-19. Officials said they had temperature controls in place, used isolation rooms for sick students, and kept students three feet apart. Some of these measures were also in place last year.

Nurses in their schools also spend much of their time tracing contacts, they said. District nurse Elizabeth Starling said she looked at school bus surveillance video for close contacts.

Governor McMaster said other school districts should implement some of these mitigation tools. He said, “Not everything works for everyone. It works. What they did here using the whole team approach with great community support, support from staff and great nurses and using that day to day data, facts, figures.

Dr Robbins said they are encouraging vaccinations and masks. During the roundtable, principals said they noticed more students being vaccinated and wearing masks to avoid being forced into self-quarantine.

Masks remain optional for students and staff at Kershaw County schools. A one-year state law prohibits the application and enforcement of a face covering requirement with the use of public funds in public schools.

CDC and SC DHEC recommend universal masking in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also said it would reduce the number of quarantines.

There have been calls for lawmakers to repeal the provision and allow school districts to decide whether or not to impose masks.

After the panel discussion, reporters asked Dr Robbins if he would like to have the option of imposing masks. He said, “We are a county school district so it really varies across our county and our community depending on what we see. Is this a tool I wish I could use? Yes maybe. But that’s not the one I think we need to impose in our schools right now. “

Gov. Henry McMaster said he believes parents should decide whether or not their child wears a mask in schools.

“What has been done here shows that you don’t need to force people to do things to make great progress,” he said.

DHEC announced on Wednesday that it was updating the way it tracks COVID-19 cases associated with schools in South Carolina. They say that since the start of the new school year, 21,000 students have been isolated after testing positive for COVID-19. More than 86,000 students have been quarantined due to close contact.

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Boys caught planning ‘next Parkland massacre’ at Florida middle school, says Sheriff – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


LEHIGH ACRES, Fla – Two Florida boys were arrested Thursday after advice from a classmate led authorities to uncover a Columbine-type plot to shoot their college.

The boys, aged 13 and 14, are charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting, Lee County officials say. They are held in a juvenile detention center for at least 21 days.

NBC 2 in Fort Myers reported that the couple underwent psychiatric assessments before being taken into custody.

It is not known whether authorities plan to prosecute the boys as minors or adults. While Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marcelo identified teens by name at a press conference last week, court documents in the case appear to be confidential.

The names of the boys are withheld here because of their age.

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MPs were called on Wednesday to Harns Marsh College in Lehigh Acres after anonymous students told a teacher that one of the boys might have a gun in his backpack. Lehigh Acres is located approximately 15 miles east of Fort Myers in South Florida.

The teacher acted immediately, said Ken Savage, Lee County School District superintendent.

“As soon as the students reported the potential threat, the teacher notified the administrators, who immediately contacted the school’s resource manager. ” Savage said. “Together, they emptied the classroom and investigated.

“The students were safe at all times. “

When MPs searched the eighth grade student’s bag, they did not find any weapons.

What they found was a map of the school.

“The map contained markings indicating the location of each of the school’s interior cameras,” Marcelo said. “We take every tip and every threat seriously, so we didn’t stop there. “

The detectives searched the homes of the two boys. Searches revealed a gun and several knives.

The older boy’s Instagram page shows images of what appear to be multiple weapons, including a shotgun, handguns, guns and knives, including what looks like a homemade knife. Several of the same images were shared by authorities on Thursday.

Watch Thursday’s press conference below.

At least some of the photos were taken in the same room as the one pictured by police during the search of the boy’s home.

On his dresser, the boy had an expired Florida car tag with the words “Support Education” on it. The metal seemed to be riddled with bullet or lead holes.

A Confederate flag with the slogan “The South will rise again” was on the teenager’s wall.

Marcelo compared the alleged plot to the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where a total of 14 students and three staff were killed.

“It could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we stopped them at the planning stage,” Marcelo said Thursday.

Former Parkland student Nikolas Cruz, 22, is being held in Broward County Jail awaiting trial.

Marcelo said teens in Lehigh Acres were learning how to make homemade bombs and researching how to get guns on the black market.

The investigation also showed that the boys had a keen interest in the April 20, 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. In one of America’s most notorious school shootings, Columbine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot dead 12 students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves.

Harris and Klebold had also planted several bombs in the school, but the homemade devices did not detonate as expected.

The students at Harns Marsh Middle were “intensively studying” the 1999 shooting, as well as the backgrounds of Harris and Klebold, Marcelo said Thursday.

“It could have turned out to be a disaster. We were a second from a Columbine here ”, the sheriff said.

Lee County MPs knew the two boys very well, Marcelo said. Together, the deputies had to answer almost 80 times at the homes of the teenagers.

Detectives determined in interviews with the boys that they met the criteria to be sent for mental assessments, the sheriff said.

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Marcelo praised the quick actions of the teacher who reported the tip, as well as the subsequent work of his own department.

“I am certain that my team of dedicated assistants and detectives acted quickly, investigated thoroughly and prevented the commission of a very violent and dangerous act,” he said.

Savage praised the students who reported the threat, as well as everyone who worked to keep the campus safe.

“You are all heroes” the superintendent said.

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Panhandle High School Football Ranking Week 3



DISTRICT 2-5A Division I


1. Palo Duro 3-0 0-0

2. Tascosa 2-1 0-0

3. Amarillo High 2-1 0-0

4. Lubbock Monterey 2-1 0-0

5. Caprock 1-2 0-0

6. Lubbock Coronado 0-3 0-0

7. Lubbock High 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Palo Duro 39, Wichita Falls 14; Tascosa 40, Odessa Permian 21; Amarillo High 35, Randall 28; Lubbock Monterey 23, Midland High 21; Odessa High 52, Lubbock Coronado 35; Plainview 33, Lubbock High 14; Caprock 25, Perryton 18

DISTRICT 3-5A Division II


1. Wichita Falls Runner 3-0 0-0

2. Lubbock-Cooper 2-1 0-0

3. Randall 2-1 0-0

4. Abilene Wylie 1-2 0-0

5. Plainview 1-2 0-0

6. Wichita Falls 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Frenship 14, Lubbock-Cooper 13; Wichita Falls Rider 33, Midlothian 27; Amarillo High 35, Randall 28; Abilene Cooper 30, Abilene Wylie 24; Palo Duro 39, Wichita Falls 14; Plainview 33, Lubbock High 14

DISTRICT 3-4A Division I


1. Hereford 2-1 0-0

2. Canyon 2-1 0-0

3. Pampas 2-1 0-0

4. Dumas 1-1 0-0

Last week’s matches

Wichita Hirschi Falls 30, Hereford 7; Canyon 16, Lubbock Estacado 13; Pampa 51, Borger 17

DISTRICT 2-4A Division II


1. Perryton 1-2 0-0

2. Borger 1-2 0-0

3. Lubbock Estacado 1-2 0-0

4. Level 1-2 0-0

5. Seminol 1-2 0-0

Last week’s matches

Caprock 25, Perryton 18; Pampa 51, Borger 17; Canyon 16, Lubbock Estacado 13; Shallowater 49, Levelland 7; Denver City 22, Seminole 18

DISTRICT 2-3A Division I


1. Littlefield 3-0 0-0

2. Mules 1-2 0-0

3. River path 1-2 0-0

4. Bush 1-1 0-0

5. Dalhart 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Littlefield 21, ext. 20; Friona 55, Muleshoe 13; Wellington 12 River Road 0; Bushland 49, Candian 42 (OT); Lancier 21, Dalhart 7

DISTRICT 3-3A Division II


1. Friona 3-0 0-0

2. Tulia 3-0 0-0

3. Child 2-0 0-0

4. Canadian 2-1 0-0

5. Lancer 2-1 0-0

6. Dimmitt 2-1 0-0

7. Highland Park 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Bushland 49, Canadian 42 (OT); Friona 55, Muleshoe 13; Tulia 51, Sanford Fritch 6; Lancier 21, Dalhart 7; Dimmitt 30, sunshine 12; Shamrock 42, Highland Park 20

DISTRICT 1-2A Division I


1. Farwell 3-0 0-0

2. Olton 1-1 0-0

3. Wrist 0-3 0-0

4. Top of West Texas 0-3 0-0

5. Sanford-Fritch 0-3 0-0

6. Boy ranch 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Farwell 62, Sudan 0; Vega 59, handle 36; Gruver 58, West Texas High 6; Tulia 51, Sanford-Fritch 6; Lockney 31, Boys Ranch 14

DISTRICT 2-2A Division II


1. Ropesville Ropes 3-0 0-0

2. New home 2-1 0-0

3. Bovine 1-2 0-0

4. Smyer 0-3 0-0

5. Sudan 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

New House 47, Plains 8; Cordes de Ropesville 22, Ménard 21; Clarendon 49, Bovina 7; Floydada 34, Smyer 8; Farwell 62, Sudan 0

DISTRICT 3-2A Division II


1. Stratford 3-0 0-0

2. Vega 3-0 0-0

3. Gruver 3-0 0-0

4. Sunbeam 1-2 0-0

5. Booker 0-2 0-0

Last week’s matches

Vega 59, handle 36; Gruver 58, West Texas High 6; Dimmitt 30, sunshine 12; Stratford 54, Lakin (KS) 0

DISTRICT 4-2A Division II


1. Clarendon 3-0 0-0

2. Shamrock 3-0 0-0

3. Roller 2-1 0-0

4. Memphis 1-2 0-0

5. Wellington 1-2 0-0

Last week’s matches

Clarendon 49, Bovina 7; Shamrock 42, Highland Park 20; Wheeler 24, Quana 18; Wellington 12 River Road 0; Hale Center 32, Memphis 13

DISTRICT 1-1A Division I


1. McLean 3-0 0-0

2. Turkey Valley 3-0 0-0

3. Happy 2-1 0-0

4. Claude 1-2 0-0

5. White deer 1-2 0-0

Last week’s matches

Springlake-Terre 68, Happy 36; McLean 56, Darrouzett 0; Turkey Valley 67, Prairie 20; Follett 60, Claude 12; White deer 46, Lefors 0

DISTRICT 2-1A Division I


1. Springlake-Earth 2-1 0-0

2. Nazareth 2-1 0-0

3. Kress 1-1 0-0

4. Lorenzo 0-2 0-0

5. Petersburg 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Springlake-Terre 68, Happy 36; Nazareth 40, Married 22; Kress 56, Miami 8; Paducah 60, Petersburg 13

DISTRICT 1-1A Division II


1. Follett 3-0 0-0

2. Hedley 3-0 0-0

3. Léfors 0-2 0-0

4. Miami 0-3 0-0

5. Darrouzett 0-3 0-0

Last week’s matches

Follett 60, Claude 12; Hedley 58, Vernon Northside 12; White deer 46, Lefors 0; Kress 56, Miami 8; McLean 56, Darrouzett 0

DISTRICT 2-1A Division II


1. Wildorado 3-0 1-0

2. Married 1-2 0-0

3. Silverton 1-2 0-0

4. Hart 0-3 0-1

Last week’s matches

Wildorado 70, Hart 24; Nazareth 40, Married 22; Silverton 46, Guthrie 18; Wildorado 70, Hart 24

DISTRICT 3-1A Division II


1. Anton 3-0 0-0

2. Whitharral 2-1 0-0

3. Amherst 1-1 0-0

4. Cotton center 1-1 0-0

5. Lazbuddie 1-2 0-0

Last week’s matches

Loop 64, Lazbuddie 28; Anton 59, Kingdom Prep Academy 14; Whitharral 80, Lubbock Titans 36;

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New Funded Accessible Playground for North Delta Elementary School – North Delta Reporter

Students at Jarvis Traditional Elementary School in North Delta will soon be playing on a new accessible playground with funding of $ 165,000 from the provincial government.

The funding is part of a one-time $ 10 million investment in the government’s Playground Equipment Program (PEP), double the amount in previous years. The money will allow the construction of 60 new playgrounds in 50 school districts.

“We cannot underestimate the vital link between play and learning. Students are more focused in the classroom when outdoor play is part of their school routine, and they learn important life skills like cooperation and patience while improving their core motor skills, ”said Minister of Education. Education Jennifer Whiteside in a press release.

“Doubling our investment in the playground fund helps support students, staff, families and communities, and relieves parents of the burden of fundraising so they can spend more time.” to play with their children. “

The Delta School District is among the districts receiving $ 165,000 for a new accessible playground, up $ 40,000 from similar investments made in previous years.

According to a press release from the province, the increased funding for the 2021-2022 school year will allow the new playgrounds to be designed with accessible features like ground covers, ramps and / or transfer platforms that connect to the play structure, ensuring there is a place where all students can play.

The playgrounds will be built over the next year and should be ready for kids to play by early 2022.

“All children deserve equal access to play,” Delta North MP Ravi Kahlon said in a press release. “I am proud that our government is putting the needs of children and schools first by investing in more accessible playgrounds. “

Since 2018, the government has invested $ 25 million in the PEP to fund 201 new playgrounds, benefiting more than 49,000 students. The program relieves parents of some of the responsibility of fundraising for playground equipment and supports communities that do not have the capacity to raise funds to purchase playground equipment. students need.

School districts have the option of applying for PEP funding from the Department of Education each year. Playgrounds are funded on the basis of greatest need, with priority given to schools where there is no playground at all, and then to schools where the existing playground is aging. School districts that have not received funding this year can reapply next year.

Thanks to this year’s round of funding, every school district in British Columbia has now received at least one new playground as a result of the program.

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Arkansas school district tests fully virtual learning academy

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) – COVID-19 has caused ArkLaTex schools to make adjustments to provide quality education for students. A primary school in Texarkana, Ark. became one of 11 schools in the state to try something different to advance student learning.

There is no one physically inside Dr Elisabeth Eaton’s 2nd year class, but this class is full of students.

“… we interact and work with them every day we go in small groups we do everything that would happen in a regular classroom and we do it live we just do it on the small screen with zoom …”

After a year of blended instruction, a combination of virtual and in-person instruction, the State of Arkansas has granted the Texarkana Arkansas School District permission to offer total virtual learning to select elementary school students. The neighborhood has now opened the Digital Learning Academy.

“An academy designed for parents and students who don’t feel comfortable being in person in schools at this time,” said Dr Elisabeth Eaton, a teacher.

The academy is located on the North Heights School campus on E 35th Street.

Amber Ridgell tells KSLA that her 7-year-old son “KJ” has a weakened immune system, so they decided to attend the Digital Learning Academy. Ridgell says they attended school virtually in 2020, but that’s different from blended education.

“This year is better because now we can connect with a real teacher who is not in class and has to take breaks to Zoom,” Ridgell said.

“Because it’s hard to teach and watch a class and look at a screen and teach and watch a class. Someone loses … ”said Dr Eaton.

School officials say participating students and parents can benefit from this type of education.

“So having a computer and learning how they do things is completely different from the way we did things,” Ridgell said.

Officials say things are progressing well at the academy thanks to the availability of more resources for teachers and students.

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The first day at Denny International Middle School was a model for the District


Lunch Lady Doree Fazio-Young was on site greeting students on the first day of school at Denny International Middle School on September 1st.

Photo by Patrick Robinson

The Seattle Public School District returned to full in-person education on September 1, with just 500 of 53,000 students choosing to stay home. The district provided 30 tents to some of the 104 schools in the system and 36 more were requested for some that could opt for outdoor education. But at Denny International Middle School, the number was almost the full student body. The total number of participants is still being determined.

Principal Jeffery Clark praised the staff and students. “Our team has been working really hard all summer. So in terms of procedures, we have all kinds of awareness about wearing a mask all the time, social distancing. We have social distancing marks in the hallways. and directional stairwells. We have a lunch rotation to distribute the children to maintain social distancing. Our teachers have done a phenomenal job preparing to welcome the children back to support, love and encourage them to thrive academically. There were some additional challenges with school planning for this year. “

Information about the virus is also passed on to the classroom. “We are linking real-life experiences to teaching and learning plans at all times. All of this experience corresponds directly to science. “

“I am very proud of our children. They had an amazing start. Everything went well today. The children are delighted to be back and it shows.”

Denny’s staggered lunch time doesn’t have to be the same. “Each school makes their own decisions about this,” said Tim Robinson, SPS media relations officer. “Wing Luke Elementary School, for example, has six lunch periods. “

Sealth holds a lunch break to more easily distribute students throughout the school (no rooms are used for teaching purposes during lunch) so they can maintain social distancing.

Ballard and Sealth each have a lunch break, like most high schools. West Seattle High has two.

Reminders about social distancing are ubiquitous. Photo by Patrick Robinson
Chef Sealth shares the building with Denny, but has chosen to have only one lunch break. Photo by Patrick Robinson
Student lunches are offered in ready-to-go packs. The most popular lunch dish is still pizza according to the cooks in the district, Photo by Patrick Robinson
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Denny’s students line up to choose from an assortment of packed lunches. Photo by Patrick Robinson
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“The Man in the Blue Suit,” her signature outfit is Denny Principal Jeffery Clark. Photo by Patrick Robinson

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Solana Beach School District demands outdoor masks for students

The Solana Beach School District will require students to wear masks when they are outside on campus, not just indoors.

The district joins San Diego Unified and Los Angeles Unified School District to take this step beyond California Department of Public Health guidelines in light of the Delta variant and be able to limit quarantine time for students who have been in close contact with a positive case and reduce staff time spent on contact tracing.

When masked on the outside, students are eligible for a modified school quarantine rather than spending eight to 10 days away from school in distance learning.

At a special meeting on August 26, SBSD Superintendent Jodee Brentlinger said the Delta variant has “rewritten the book on COVID” and required this adjustment in its plans.

“Our intention is crystal clear: the health and safety of our students and staff is always the foundation from which we work,” said Brentlinger. “This year, keeping our schools open and our students in the classroom as much as possible is the second pillar of our work. “

Exterior masking is not a permanent decision for the school year, as the board plans to review the tenure on October 14 and assess the current situation with the virus.

In addition to masking outdoors, the board also approved additional mitigation strategies such as the use of cold plasma technology in school ventilation systems and the suspension of surveillance testing to focus on l Use of testing resources for the bi-weekly testing required to bring students back to school on modified quarantine after exposure to a positive case.

The district will also use seating maps and keep students at bay during lunch hour to further help with contact tracing.

“We have the # 1 most vulnerable population and it’s our K-6 pediatric students who come together in groups in classrooms and on playgrounds. I have a strong belief in being proactive, ”said SBSD Vice President Debra Schade in support of the new security measures. “Everything is designed to protect our students, protect our families and staff and keep learning, so that learning takes place in the classroom for an entire year without multiple interruptions. “

SBSD administrator Julie Union acknowledged that exterior masking was a tough decision: “We represent our community and our community is really divided,” Union said.

Union said she supported it on the condition that it be reassessed in the coming months and that, where possible, students are given mask breaks during daytime outdoor activities.

Quarantine confusion
During the first week of school on August 16, nearly 200 students were quarantined in the Solana Beach district.

Parent Kim Kruk said on the second day of school, she was called to pick up her son from school after a positive case in her class forced the whole class into self-quarantine for 10 days.

“I was shocked,” Kruk said. “Some students had been waiting for over a year and a half to return to class and were needlessly sent home crying after a day.”

Her understanding was that close contacts would be notified but the remaining class would be allowed to remain at the school in modified quarantine – she said this was the protocol followed by neighboring school districts of Del Mar Union, Cardiff and Encinitas Union .

According to Bob Mueller, deputy commander of incidents for the San Diego County Office of Education for COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) offers three quarantine options for children exposed in schools. Mueller said the decision trees and advice are “a shipwreck” and “almost indecipherable”; he said it’s understandable that people are confused or even angry.

Depending on the guidelines, students can return from quarantine on day 11 without testing or on day eight with proof of a negative test administered on day 6 or later. The modified school quarantine allows students to stay in school with proof of a negative test administered twice a week, at least three days apart.

Mueller said the modified quarantine is only available when students are masked for all contact within six feet of each other, indoors and outdoors.

During those first two weeks of school, SBSD students were not eligible for school quarantine because they did not wear masks at recess, he said.

The state does not require students or adults to wear masks outside at school. The risk of transmission outdoors is decreased, but Mueller said it is still possible as they have seen many cases with high contact outdoor sports like soccer and soccer.

Prior to the meeting, the district had received a petition signed by 247 parents asking for stricter protocols to ensure student safety, including exterior masking, medical grade masks, increased physical distance while students eat their meals, and snacks, and extra air purifiers with HEPA filters – parents even offered to buy the portable air filters themselves.

Brad Mason, SBSD’s director of installations, maintenance and operations, recommended using cold plasma technology over HRPA filters because air filters are better for small spaces. Instead, cold plasma technology would work system-wide, placed inside ducts and killing up to 99.9% of airborne pathogens. The installation will cost $ 300,000, using available ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding.

The Solana Beach Teachers Association also urged the district to move forward with exterior masking.

“We believe this will save many hours of academic time and keep students on school sites rather than outside,” said Neva Ayn Megalnick, SBTA co-chair.

The board heard 38 speakers during the public comments, with many parents opposed to more masking and calling for masks to remain optional outdoors: “Please, please, please. please, no masks on the outside for these adorable kids, ”read a parent’s written comment.

Eric Hennings, a parent at Solana Ranch, said the board should carefully review contingency plans but not let their decision-making be guided by fear.

“We are tired of voices of fear that plead for school closures, quarantines, mask mandates and limitations on children’s interactions when one, there is no scientific basis for it and two, there is ignore the socio-emotional and educational benefits of our children, “he said.

Solana Vista’s parent Rachel Doyle said while masks are useful indoors, too much masking creates other health problems for children.

“It’s crazy to me that we were considering hiding our children outside when immediately after school a lot of children go straight to soccer, soccer or to dates with other students,” she declared.

She said the main reason for requiring exterior masking appears to be to avoid 8-10 day quarantine procedures, which she says can be inconvenient for families, but it works.

Gohar Gyurijyan, a parent from Solana Highlands, said she understands the need for the district to act quickly and protect children as the Delta variant rises and children are not vaccinated.

“Let’s have a little patience and wait a little. I understand that we want to see smiles… but we cannot trade lives for smiles, ”said Gyurijyan. “The actions that each of us take can mean life or death to someone else.”

As the board weighed its decision on outdoor masks, they heard presentations from Mueller and John Bradley, the medical director of infectious diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Since about 65% of children 12 and older have been vaccinated, rates of new infections are declining in this age group. Bradley said pediatric cases in San Diego County are now children aged 6 to 11.

“If Delta hadn’t turned up… the whole pandemic would be over,” Bradley said. “Delta is so incredibly contagious that it has not only prolonged the pandemic, but has spread it so deeply. “

In May, Rady had shut down its COVID department because there were so few cases, but by July, as adult cases increased, so did pediatric cases. As of August 24, Rady had 50 cases of COVID so far and August 2021 was the highest month of hospital admissions since December 2020 and the January outbreak.

Bradley said most of the children in the ward are asymptomatic from COVID but come with other illnesses. The sickest children are adolescents, who have some of the same risk factors as adults. Rady currently has eight intensive care cases.

No child in San Diego County has died from COVID-19.

Bradley, also a grandparent of SBSD students, said stricter efforts are warranted to demonstrate that students can return to school safely without creating health risks for other children, teachers, parents, adults. -parents and other relatives at risk.

In her remarks, Administrator Gaylin Allbaugh said she appreciates parents’ passion and advocacy for their children and their willingness to get involved. She said it is important for parents to remember that children are watching and listening.

“I know that my four students are fully aware of how we behave on this topic,” Allbaugh said. “We have a real opportunity here to show our students the respect, civility and grace that live up to our positions as thought leaders in our very, very special community of Solana Beach.”

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East Grand to ask voters for major upgrades, new elementary school

The East Grand School District wants voter approval to invest $ 85 million in capital improvements, including the construction of a new elementary school in Granby.

At the August 17 school board meeting, members voted 4 to 1 to approve a ballot question calling for the district’s debt to be increased by $ 85 million with a repayment cost of up to $ 159.5 million. . Vice President Angel Higginbotham dissented.

To fund the obligation, district taxes will increase to $ 7.1 million per year for the next 20 years. This means that an individual owner would pay $ 44.48 more in taxes per year for every $ 100,000 of value, while commercial properties would pay $ 180.42 more.

The bond money would be spent on the capital projects outlined in the poll question, including the acquisition of land and a new elementary school in Granby with potential for future growth. East Grand Superintendent Frank Reeves previously said the Granby Elementary School has reached its maximum capacity and has no room for additional classes.

The bond would not only finance the new primary school. The money would also be used for upgrades to safety, security and U.S. Disability Act compliant upgrades, physical upgrades and renovations at the other three schools, a facility for a new curriculum professional and technical skills and space for student and school mental health counseling. nursing services.

In a related but separate action at the same meeting, the board approved a capital lease on land that could house the new elementary school. Pending a legal review, the board of directors approved the lease in a 3-2 vote with Higginbotham and Trevor Corbin dissenting.

The plot is known as Reclamation Ridge Lot 2 and is adjacent to the East Grand Middle School. The lease is $ 3,000 per month for one year with an option to purchase the 21 acres at any time for $ 1.25 million, and the lease payments go toward the purchase price.

Until the surety passes, the district will pay for the lease through the capital reserve funds. If the bond does not pass, the council plans to review the lease, which the district can withdraw at any time.

The district has not yet officially concluded the lease as soil samples are still pending to ensure the viability of the plot. In June, East Grand contracted for another plot until a further review of funding sources forced the district to withdraw from the deal.

East Grand gained voter approval last November to increase the district’s factory tax. This was different from the question asked to voters in November, as the 2020 measure can only be applied to the remuneration of teachers and staff.

The measure added $ 1 million to district salaries and was passed with over 60% of voters in favor. Teachers and staff have seen their salaries increase by 15% for the 2021-2022 school year thanks to higher taxes.

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