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Department of Education
Orange County students will lead the nation in college and
career readiness and success.
OCDE has produced a brief video that explains what county offices of education do and how they support school systems, students and families throughout the state.
ACCESS educators build relationships to promote better attendance
September 28 , 2022
Education can only fulfill its promise as the great equalizer when we work to ensure that students are attending school every day and receiving the support they need to learn and thrive. At the same time, many students experience tremendous barriers and adversities in their lives — including homelessness, poverty, health challenges and difficult family circumstances — that make it difficult for them to go to school. Those who miss at least 15 days of school in an academic year […]
Orange County Children’s Book Festival to promote diversity in literacy
September 26 , 2022
The annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival, coming up this weekend on Oct. 2, will star an array of authors — among them actors, designers, animators and space engineers. This event has opened kids’ eyes to new subjects and novels since its inaugural event in 2004. The no-cost, family-friendly day is organized by a team made up almost entirely of volunteers under the leadership of co-founder and Executive Director Pat Burns. In its 19th year, the book celebration once again […]
Weekly roundup: Brea Canyon High creates ‘Care Closet’ for students, national Blue Ribbon school, Hispanic Heritage Month, and more
September 23 , 2022
When high school student Nathaniel Ornelas needed a suit to wear to a job interview, he turned to Brea Canyon High School’s “care closet.” “They always have your back, and they’re very caring,” Ornelas said. “They actually want to know what’s happening in your life.” For the past five years, the teachers and staff at the Brea Olinda Unified School District campus have donated food, hygiene products, clothes and other items for students to access in times of need. “These […]
State warns school leaders about new brightly colored ‘rainbow fentanyl’
State health officials cautioned school leaders this week about a new and concerning version of the synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. In a letter to superintendents and charter school administrators, California Department of Public Health Director Tomás J. Aragón sounded the alarm on “rainbow fentanyl,” a potentially fatal drug that comes in a variety of forms and bright colors. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has similarly noted that rainbow fentanyl looks like candy, which could be a way to attract […]