It has been a year of sorrow and loss as we faced the worst public health crisis in a century. But it’s also been a year of heroism and selflessness. And now, with coronavirus infections waning, there are sure signs that we will beat this pandemic.
Recognizing the history and achievements of African Americans -- as well as the continuing struggle for civil rights, equal opportunity and prosperity -- is the focus of February’s Black History Month. This year, it comes at a time of great reckoning, redemption and hope.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving week. Typically, it is a time to celebrate with family and friends, but the coronavirus pandemic makes such gatherings risky. Limit contact with people outside your family and take precautions such as wearing face coverings and frequent handwashing.
We’re experiencing record wildfires and a continuing coronavirus pandemic as we head into September. The dual emergencies make for a challenging fall.
But there are steps we can take to protect ourselves from infection and the devastating blazes. During Emergency Preparedness Month, please take a moment to review the basics such as creating defensible spaces around our homes, registering for emergency alerts and forming evacuation plans.
It will be a school year like never before as students begin online-only classes this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Distance learning is a necessary step to curb the infection rate and prevent further loss of life. To help you navigate this new reality, the state Department of Education offers resources for parents and teachers included below.