Los Angeles Unified and West Contra Costa Unified hope to move teachers earlier in future years if needed.
The arts can be a safe haven for California schoolchildren to face big emotions, experts say, to channel fears and frustrations into acts of creativity.
Children, who are creatures of habit, can be negatively influenced by any educational disruption, such as remote learning, experts say.
Lodi Unified, in many ways a microcosm for the state as a whole, received more than $131 million in state and federal Covid relief funds, roughly a third of its overall budget pre-pandemic.
West Contra Costa Unified is prioritizing teaching students the social and emotional skills they need to avoid violence.
Teachers talk about how they are building relationships, addressing technology burnout and teaching social-emotional learning as campuses reopen.
Teachers from West Contra Costa Unified will be reaching out to families one-on-one to address anxieties and ask about hopes for the next year.
At least 30% of California students surveyed by the ACLU said they'd lost a loved one during the pandemic. Some had lost multiple relatives.
West Contra Costa Unified and other districts are emphasizing social and emotional learning and check-ins as students return to campus.
Host Zaidee Stavely talks with reporter Carolyn Jones and a school counselor about how schools are preparing to focus on mental health and wellbeing.
Schools are prioritizing play and relationship-building this summer in preparation for fall, when schools reopen for in-person instruction.
California school districts are offering robust summer school programs with an emphasis on fun to help reconnect students to their schools.
Educators and policymakers alike must listen to students to understand what they need to heal and recover from the traumas of the past year.
Upon returning to campus, students will not be able to catch up academically until they feel good emotionally, experts say.
Gun control alone isn't enough. Social and emotional programs are needed to help address the root causes of violence.