Monday the Orange County Board of Education voted to reopen schools for in-person learning in the Fall. Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference Friday regarding California schools opening their doors and Orange County doesn't meet the state's criteria to reopen.
Almost two years ago State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond pitched an ethnic studies curriculum as a high school graduation requirement. The California Department of Education revisited the proposal July 7 with a series of four webinars highlighting ethnic studies and their importance to education and society.
This morning Michelle Steel, Orange County Supervisor, gave District 2 of Fountain Valley $900,000. The check came before tonight's city council meeting where the city's small business loan program was discussed. Fountain Valley has decided to exhaust the grant funds before initiating the loan program.
Orange County has opened up free Covid-19 testing to essential workers and persons who are asymptomatic but have had exposure and cannot receive a test from their doctor.
This past Friday Fountain Valley residents came out to cash mob Heavenly Vintage Nursery and Tio Flacos Tacos. Fountain Valley is home to many small businesses, neighborhood allies and small-town vibes. During Covid-19 small businesses are struggling and three women knew how they could help. Lynn Seeden, Fountain Valley Living Magazine, Anne Marie Jones, Fountain Valley small business owner and Gigi Hart, Cash Mob Facebook Administrator, have put together a weekly cash mob focusing on small businesses in Fountain Valley. Join in on the fun this Friday and stay tuned for the secret location!
Tanya Hoxsie, C.E.O. of the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley, refused to close her company's doors because she realized that the children of medical personnel and essential workers required childcare.
The Orange County Business Council and Orange County Health Agency conducted a three-day Zoom conference to educate businesses on what is required of them to open during Covid-19. Friday's conference focused on the restaurant industry and the industry specific orders, rules, guidelines and recommendations.
Is Your Retail business Ready to Open? OC Health & Orange County Business Council Clarify Covid-19 Guidelines & Enforcement
Today a meeting held by Dr. Clayton Chau from the Orange County Health Care Agency and Lucy Dunn, President of the Orange County Business Council, was conducted to touch on guidelines and orders in the county for businesses during Covid-19. "This is not about paranoia, the coronavirus is three months young in science. Yes, we know a lot but we still have a lot more to learn because don't know. We don't have the vaccine yet and it won't be online for another at least 18 months. We know the infection is out there," Dr. Chau said.
Last weekend County Health Officer Nichole Quick issued new guidelines for Orange County. 16 reasons were listed for understanding the need for increased safety measures citing a strong likelihood of a large and increasing number of cases of community transmission, a lack of a vaccine and CDC guidelines for Covid-19.