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    By Manny Otiko California Black Media California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond says school districts across the state are prepared to open safely in the fall even as COVID-19 cases surge in California and around the country. The new spike in COVID-19 positive rates across the state are driven by infections involving the more ...
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    By Manny Otiko California Black Media Covid-19 cases are plunging as California prepares to slowly reopen this week. However, returning workers will face a different environment. Some workplaces such as restaurants and amusement parks will require proof of testing and vaccination. Testing — or some other proof of vaccine status — are already required to ...
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    By Antonio‌ ‌Ray‌ ‌Harvey‌ ‌California‌ ‌Black‌ ‌Media‌ Next week, after more than a year, California is expected to lift the majority of its COVID-19 related restrictions and reopen its economy at almost-full capacity. But as the state prepares for a long-anticipated comeback, many Black businessowners say enterprises across the state that African Americans own face ...
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    By Dianne Anderson If Black students can benefit from their fair share of the latest COVID Relief funding, then some relief may be in store from the academically, social-emotionally barren year. Summer school programs are set to open in real time, and Long Beach educators hope to see students back in their traditional classrooms as ...
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    By Dianne Anderson California businesses – those left standing – may pick up speed as the state soon reopens without the outdoor mask mandate, and a promise of more money for those that apply through May 31 for round two of PPP loans. Robert “Bobby” McDonald, Black Chamber of Commerce of Orange County President, said ...
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    By Bo Tefu California Black Media Black officials and health advocates across the state have thrown their support behind Gov.  Gavin Newsom’s equity-informed plan for safely reopening California’s schools and economy. The plan includes an increased education budget, as well as vaccine distribution protocols informed by data to minimize the threat of COVID-19 spread. Sen. ...
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    Plan centers on rigorous instruction for students even when schools physically closed Decisions to open will be determined by data that public can track on daily basis Schools open for in-person instruction will implement precautions, including a requirement that students in 3rd grade and above wear masks Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his plan for ...
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    By Dianne Anderson It’s getting hot outside, and beaches, bikeways and parks all beckon Long Beach residents and vacationing students to come out and play. But for most people, the urgency of recent weeks is more than just a matter of getting out of the house, or even of facing their fear of getting Covid-19. ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Boxing is considered a contact sport, literally being up in someone’s face, but that’s not likely to happen anytime soon at Project Fighting Chance. Instead, some local teens will be keeping their distance at six feet apart, masking up with gloves on top of gloves in a workout space in a constant ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Much of what Paula Wood does at the community level through her Census outreach, along with her after school programs and summer Freedom School, has been at a slow crawl since Covid-19. At best, trying to reach community and students has been spotty, and the access to technology leaves a lot to ...