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Program offers college students $10,000 to volunteer in their community

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Students at 45 colleges and universities, that include Stanislaus State and UC Merced, will be able to earn $10,000 toward their degrees by volunteering for the new Californians For All College Corps program. 

The first volunteer program of its kind in the country will be available to 6,500 students at a variety of schools, including University of California, California State University and California Community College campuses, as well as a handful of private schools.

The idea behind the initiative is that in exchange for volunteering in their communities at places like schools, food banks and community gardens, students can make a difference and earn money.

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Proposed legislation would increase state financial aid for California private college students

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A pending California Senate bill would increase the amount of state financial aid available to California residents studying at the 5Cs and other private colleges, though the amount of aid students receive may not change at institutions that already meet one hundred percent of financial need.

California’s A and B “Cal Grants” are the state’s main form of financial aid to low- and middle-income students, offering competitive grants to students at community colleges, state schools (the California State University system and the University of California system) and private schools that meet student loan default rate and graduation rate requirements.

The Cal Grant A helps pay for tuition and fees for educational programs that are at least two academic years long, while the Cal Grant B acts as a living and education-related expenses stipend for educational programs at least one year long.

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Press ‘2’ for joy: new hotline offers pep talks from children

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A school project at a California elementary school is offering hope and happiness to anyone with a phone.

Peptoc, a free hotline created by the students at West Side Elementary in Healdsburg, California, offers words of encouragement and pep talks recorded by children, NPR reported.

Calling 707-998-8410 triggers an automated menu offering options: “If you are feeling mad, frustrated or nervous, press 1. If you need words of encouragement or life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergartners, press 3.”

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Social Media trend leads to damaged, stolen school property

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Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) warned students about a new TikTok trend that they say results in damaged and stolen school property.

As a response of this trend, TUSD is increasing surveillance of their campuses and is currently reviewing camera footage.

According to a phone call sent out to parents, a “Devious Licks” challenge on the social media platform TikTok encourages students to steal or destroy school property and then post a picture or video of the item as a trophy.

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BRINGING THE FARM TO SCHOOL

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Turlock Christian preschoolers and high school students came together for a fun-filled event on Thursday as members of the Eagles’ Future Farmers of America chapter brought their animals over for a petting zoo. 

Between the two TC preschool campuses, over 150 students were able to touch and learn about chickens, rabbits, goats and even a dairy calf. The petting zoo was just one of many ways the TC FFA chapter has stayed busy this past school year, in addition to their annual banquet, fundraisers and even a dress up week for National FFA Week earlier this year.

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Natomas Unified, Several Other Districts Return To Classroom Full-Time On Monday

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Many students across the greater Sacramento region are returning to the classroom full-time on Monday.

As part of the agreement, all Natomas Unified elementary schools will end 15 minutes earlier and one recess will be 10 minutes longer to allow more safe and fun play.

Families can choose between in-person instruction and distance learning.

As of Monday morning, Natomas Unified says about half of its students are opting to return to the classroom.

Turlock, Lodi and Dry Creek will also have students on campus five days a week starting Monday. Washington Unified in West Sacramento is also starting in-person classes four days a week.

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Some Stanislaus County schools planning return to in-person learning this week

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STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. — Some Stanislaus County school districts are eyeing a return for secondary student in-person learning after a judge ruled in favor of parents in a San Diego lawsuit.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Cynthia Freeland issued a temporary restraining order that keeps the state from enforcing provisions of its January framework for opening schools, according to KFMB.

School districts in Turlock and Ceres are among those already planning to welcome back their secondary students. 

Turlock Unified School District sent a message to parents on Thursday letting them know that secondary students would be allowed to return to cohorted in-person instruction as a result of the judge's ruling.

"As a result of a San Diego lawsuit which issued a temporary restraining order on the January 14th California Department of Public Health guidelines, all secondary students are now able to return to cohorted in-person instruction. We will continue to have distance learning as an option," the district's message said.

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University Of California Planning To Resume In-Person Classes In Fall 2021

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The University of California is planning to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021.

A statement Monday from the UC president’s office said that, while COVID vaccines will soon become available to faculty, staff, and students, UC was remaining vigilant in critical prevention efforts.

“As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” said President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.”

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TUSD clarifies community questions on school reopening

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After the first draft of Turlock Unified School District’s reopening plan was presented to the Board of Trustees last week, a virtual community forum held Monday night saw administrators answer a variety of questions from those both for and against returning to in-person instruction. 

TUSD students have been participating in distance learning since March, when school campuses throughout the state were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite being on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list since June 16, school districts, private schools and charter schools within Stanislaus County were able to begin applying for waivers to reopen elementary campuses after Sept. 1, when the county’s 14-day case rate dropped below 200 per every 100,000 residents.

Superintendent Dana Salles Trevethan stated during Monday’s forum that while the TUSD waiver application and reopening plan is not yet finalized, should the local infection rate continue to drop and stakeholder input is gathered in a timely enough manner, a waiver could be submitted soon after the final reopening plan is presented to the Board on Oct. 6. From there, students could return — at the earliest — by Oct. 26, depending on Board action.

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TUSD drafts reopening plan

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As one private school in town reopened its campus to elementary students this week, Turlock Unified School District formally presented a draft of its plan to do the same to the Board of Trustees.

Sacred Heart School saw students in kindergarten through sixth grade return on Monday, following state approval of the private catholic campus’ reopening plan earlier this month. Children had previously been participating in distance learning, which has been the case since March when campuses were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite being on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list since June 16, school districts, private schools and charter schools within Stanislaus County were able to begin applying for waivers to reopen elementary campuses after Sept. 1, when the county’s 14-day case rate dropped below 200 per every 100,000 residents.

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