Congratulations to Imperial Middle School, La Habra!!!!

CAWS is pleased to announce that Imperial Middle School in
La Habra, La Habra City School District has been authorized as the 69th school to offer the IB Middle Years Programme in California. Congratulations on this noteworthy achievement!

CDPH Further Delays Student COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

On April 14, on the heels of Senator Pan pulling his vaccine mandate bill, the Governor’s office announced they will further delay the implementation of the current student COVID-19 vaccination requirement. This means the soonest the new requirement would take effect is July 1, 2023, effectively pushing back implementation to the 2023-24 school year.

COVID-19 legislative proposal

The Legislature continues to focus significant attention on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the COVID related bills that were introduced, we want to bring to your attention the notable policy proposals that would have a direct impact on students, school employees, and school governing boards.

Newsom Drops Masking in Schools Effective March 11

Yesterday, The Newsom Administration announced the state’s requirement for masking in schools will expire on Friday, March 11, allowing students, regardless of vaccination status, to be without a face mask at school beginning Monday, March 14.

Federal Funding Update From IB

Attached please find an updated version of the power point presented at the Association meeting with the IBO Director General regarding the use of federal funds to support IB schools and students.
There are many allowable uses of these funds for IB purposes, as noted in the power point.  We hope that in 2022 the use of this funding will lead to many more students being able to access an IB education.

IB Data, Resources and Federal Funding Link

Happy November! I hope this email finds you are healthy and doing well.

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, IB Director General hosted IB's first Cross Regional Associations Meeting in October. Michael Winsatt, CAWS President, Jessica Downing, CAWS Vice-President and I attended this meeting virtually on behalf of CAWS. I am pleased to share a variety of informative and supportive documents that I received from IBO and Robert Kelty, Ed.D, Senior Development Manager IBO after this meeting.

Ethnic Studies: Moving Past the Divisiveness

Developing an Ethnic Studies model curriculum involved a lot of conflict over the last four years, but LEAs now have an opportunity to avoid those conflicts and begin implementing inclusive and educational programs. Following is the history and some thoughts on how to move forward.

November SBE Recap – Revised LCAP Template Approved, Nov. 10, 2021

At the November State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, the Board took action to further move K-12 education forward from COVID-19. Below is a summary of the major issues and takeaways from the meeting followed by information on the regular agenda items and waiver requests heard by the Board.
Highlights follow:

Video Update - Budget, Politics and Technology, Nov. 12, 2021

This week we have Governor Bob Wise back on to outline the key elements of the new infrastructure package and the lingering politics of the reconciliation bill and the fate of the President’s budget proposals (Congressional appropriations process.) In addition, Tim links this to the investments in broadband related to procuring devices as they age out and the growing pressure to have E-Rate cover cybersecurity costs in K-12.

CTEIG RFA FY 21-22 Addendum II, Sept 23, 2021

More good news from Sacramento concerning California Department of Education recognition for IB!

In the CTEIG RFA FY 21-22 Addendum II, "CTE based AP and IB pathways" that meet their criteria are eligible to apply for the 2021-2022 CTEIG Program. This precedent is encouraging for future CTE grants as well as well as our current programmes.

CAWS and Capitol Advisors are very pleased that this is the second time within a few months that IB has been named alongside AP in the CDE announcements.

Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Students, Oct. 4, 2021

At a middle school in San Francisco, Governor Newsom (joined by SFUSD Superintendent Vince Mathews and Senator Scott Wiener) announced his intention to treat the COVID-19 vaccine similarly to the ten vaccines on the list already required by California law for students attending K-12 schools. However, the Governor clearly stated that this mandate would not apply until COVID-19 vaccines are given full authorization by the FDA, which could come as early as November for children 12 to 17 years old (with authorization for younger children likely in early 2022).
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