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CDC says Double-Masking Improves Protection From COVID-19

The fit of your mask matters a lot for protection against the novel coronavirus, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And double masking may be one simple way to get a better fit, the study found. Read more ›

California’s Reopening: See What’s Open and What’s Still Shut Down by County [web resource]

Do you have questions about whether childcare, summer camps, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools or other activities are open in your county?  Get the latest information on nine bay area counties in this handy database assembled by the San Francisco Chronicle’s digital team. Read more ›

CDC Makes The Case For Schools Reopening

Data from K-12 schools that reopened for in-person instruction in the fall show little evidence that schools contributed meaningfully to the spread of COVID-19, according to a new article published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

The overview from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authored by three of its scientists, represents the clearest view yet of the facts behind what has become a heated debate over when and how schools should reopen. Read more ›

Partly Hidden By Isolation, Many of the Nation’s Schoolchildren Struggle With Mental Health

More than 10 months into the pandemic, mental health is a simmering crisis for many of the nation’s schoolchildren, partly hidden by isolation but increasingly evident in the distress of parents, the worries of counselors and an early body of research. Read more ›

Expanding School Year in New Ways May Be One Outcome of Pandemic in California

Expanded summer school for K-12 students may be one positive outcome of the pandemic that has contributed to varying levels of learning loss among students across the state. Read more ›

U.S. Department of Education Features Esther B. Clark Parent’s Back-to-School Testimonial

As schools across the nation are exploring options to safely open their doors to in-person instruction, the U.S. Department of Education has gathered success stories in which parents, students, teachers, school officials, and other community members share their practices, strategies and positive experiences returning students to learning.

Kendra Demler, the parent of a student at CHC’s Esther B. Clark School, contributed “That Mom of That Kid Saved by That School,” in which she relates how her son has benefited from his transition back to the structure and emotional and behavorial supports Esther B. Clark School provides. Read more ›

More Changes Proposed for California’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum to Strengthen ‘Balance’

The California Department of Education is recommending dozens of wording changes and additional lesson plans about Pacific Islander, Japanese and Korean Americans and other ethnic groups to its proposed model ethnic studies curriculum. Read more ›

CHC Launches Voices of Compassion Podcast Series

2020 brought us COVID-19 in March and then sheltering in place. And then, we layered on school closure and distance learning. On top of that, we’ve experienced social unrest regarding race and tens of thousands of people evacuated due to wildfires. How much more can we take?

Enter CHC’s new podcast series, Voices of Compassion. Read more ›

Coronavirus: The Possible Long-Term Mental Health Impacts

Covid-19 has increased anxiety for many of us, and experts warn a sizable minority could be left with mental health problems that outlast the pandemic. Read more ›

U.S. Department of Education Features Esther B. Clark Schools’ Back-to-School Success Story

The U.S. Department of Education has collected and published best practices and successful strategies employed by schools all over the country as they return America’s students to learning.

Jody Miller, Head of CHC’s Esther B. Clark Schools, contributed “How We Brought the Most Vulnerable Students Back to School,” in which she describes how she and her staff successfully transitioned EBC Schools’ students back to in-person learning this fall. Read more ›

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