Transcript: 5.20 News Video

Welcome to your penultimate week of school! No, that’s not right. Goodbye to your penultimate week of school. What a thought to grapple with.

Welcome to your weekly news.

COVID cases are on the rise as we look to finish out the year, and after consulting with county health are asking for visitors and guests to mask at large events so that we can preserve the ability to celebrate the year in person together.

Other than that, we’re looking at our normal-est year end in years and signs are pointing toward an even normal-er year next year.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for and brought questions to our “understanding school budget” webinar on Monday. If you want to know how our budget works, how COVID resources are being spent and how Bonds fit in, you can see the recording and download the slides right here.

Summer School is almost full, and this is the last weekend you can register!

We are all once again sharing this fundamentally American experience of reeling in the wake of violence. Most recently in Buffalo and Southern California. Acts of hate like this are hard for any of us to understand, and maybe even harder to talk about. But if you want to talk about this at home, if you want to address it, here are resources from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and The National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center and the Child Mind Institute.

We have another vaccination clinic tomorrow, Saturday, at B40 middle school. Register here, or just turn up!

Finally, this week saw the publication of our annual collection of student works in the Word Lab. Part of the county-wide Young Writers Program, Word Lab is a partnership with the Museum of Art and History and Bookshop Santa Cruz, where you can BUY this published volume of student fiction, poems and true stories.

Writing, which bridges the vacuum of space that exists between people, is a powerful tool in anyone’s hands. For students, coming together after distance, it’s proven to be something binding, something precious, and something restorative.

But don’t take my word for it, watch the feature right here.

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