By Dr. Martha Reza, Director, EASE
As administrators, teachers and support staff (educators), you have the unparalleled opportunity to influence the ones who will lead the way of the future. You see students for their potential and strive to help them reach it. Educators are in a unique position to have a direct impact on their students. Your work can leave an indelible mark that lasts a lifetime. We can all help prevent suicide.
When a student dies by suicide, we struggle just as much as the students. As an educator, you have to face the empty desk, bewildered students, shock and sadness.
Many students in crisis will seem detached. Remind them, “Life is a wonderful gift.” What makes you unique is your willingness to be who you are and stand out from the crowd.
There are many reasons why people get depressed or anxious. A student may be one of those people always laughing on the outside but feeling different on the inside.
Depression is real. Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. There is hope for every situation. Anxiety may take the form of excessive worry or impulsive behavior.
The wounds suicide leaves in the lives of those left behind are deep and forever lasting. As a caring educator, you matter. You are important. Have courage and never give up!
Most important, care for yourself. If you are feeling depressed or have suicidal thoughts, “Just Say Something.” You are not alone, there is help. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255.
EASE would like to salute educators and thank you for all your hard work. Keep up your efforts to identify and refer students at risk.
As a reminder, it is important for educators to take the time to cope with your own feelings. EASE is free and available to you 24/7. You may call 1-800-882-1341 to schedule an appointment.
Applicability of Graduation Requirements for
Foster Youth Student, Homeless Student, Former Juvenile Court School Student, or Student of a Military Family (EC 51225.1, AR 6173, AR 6173.1, AR 6173.2)
When a foster youth, homeless student, former juvenile court school student or student of a military family who has completed his/her second year of high school transfers into the district from another school district or transfers between high schools within the district, he/she shall be exempted from all district-adopted coursework and other district-established graduation requirements, unless the district makes a finding that the student is reasonably able to complete the additional requirements in time to graduate from high school by the end of his/her fourth year of high school.
Within 30 calendar days of the student's transfer, the District shall notify the following of the availability of the exemption and whether the student qualifies for the exemption:
If the District fails to provide this notification, the student shall be eligible for the exemption once notified, even if the notification occurs after the student no longer meets the definition of a foster youth, a homeless student, a former juvenile court school student or a student of a military family.
To determine whether a foster youth, a homeless student, a former juvenile court school student or a student of a military family is in his/her third or fourth year of high school, the district shall use either the number of credits he/she has earned as of the date of the transfer or the length of his/her school enrollment, whichever qualifies him/her for the exemption.
If granted the exemption, the District shall notify the appropriate persons identified in this section above of how any requirements that are waived will affect the student's ability to gain admission to a postsecondary educational institution and shall provide information about transfer opportunities available through the California Community Colleges. If the exempted student completes the statewide coursework requirements specified in Section 51225.3 before the end of his/her fourth year of high school and that student would otherwise be entitled to remain in attendance at the school, the District shall not require or request that the student graduate before the end of his/her fourth year of high school. If a student is exempted from local graduation requirements, the District shall not revoke the exemption. The exemption shall continue to apply after termination of the court's jurisdiction over the foster youth or former juvenile court school student while he/she is enrolled in school; after the student is no longer homeless while he/she is enrolled in school; after the student no longer meets the definition of "children of military families" under Section 49701 while he/she is enrolled in school; or after the student transfers to another school or district.
A foster youth, a homeless student, a former juvenile court school student or a student of a military family who is eligible for the exemption from local graduation requirements and would otherwise be entitled to remain in attendance at the school shall not be required to accept the exemption or be denied enrollment in, or the ability to complete, courses for which he/she is otherwise eligible, including courses necessary to attend an institution of higher education, regardless of whether those courses are required for statewide graduation requirements.
If a foster youth, a homeless student, a former juvenile court school student or a student of a military family is not exempted from local graduation requirements or has previously declined the exemption, the District shall exempt the student at any time if an exemption is requested by the student and the student qualifies for the exemption.
The District shall not require or request a foster youth, a homeless student, a former juvenile court school student or a student of a military family to transfer schools in order to qualify for an exemption, and no request for a transfer solely to qualify for an exemption shall be made by the persons listed above in this section.
If the District determines that a foster youth, a homeless student, a former juvenile court school student or a student of a military family is reasonably able to complete district graduation requirements within his/her fifth year of high school, the District shall:
Any complaint alleging noncompliance with the requirements of EC 51225.1 or EC 51225.2 may be filed in accordance with the District's procedures in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures. A complainant who is not satisfied with the District's decision may appeal the decision to the California Department of Education (CDE) pursuant to 5 CCR 4600 and shall receive a written decision from the CDE regarding the appeal within 60 days of the Department's receipt of the appeal. If the District or the CDE finds merit in an appeal, the District shall provide a remedy to the affected student.
California Department of Education (CDE) are excited to announce that Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) has been extended through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This law extends P-EBT benefits through September 2021.
The California Department of Social Services recently approved Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Extension benefits for children who previously received
P-EBT benefits during the Summer 2020. Children will receive P-EBT Extension benefits for the months of August and September 2020 if they:
Under this "P-EBT Extension", each eligible child will receive a new
P-EBT card with P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. These new P-EBT cards will be mailed directly to families early November through the end of December. The new card will need to have the PIN set-up through the EBT Helpline. Eligible families do not need to apply to receive P-EBT Extension benefits.
If you have any questions regarding your Pandemic EBT benefits, please call (877) 328-9677.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are excited to announce that Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) has been extended through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This law extends P-EBT benefits through September 2021.
To provide P-EBT benefits for School Year (SY) 2020–21, the CDE and CDSS must submit a new P-EBT plan for approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and are working collaboratively to develop and submit a plan for approval by the end of this month.
P-EBT: August–September 2020
P-EBT benefits for the first two months of SY 2020–21 (August and September) were sent to students who previously received P-EBT benefits in 2019–20 and were enrolled in a school participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs in 2020−21. Many students eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals did not receive benefits because their enrollments had not yet been updated by local educational agencies (LEA) in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) when the data was used to determine benefits. The CDE will identify any students that were missed in the first distribution and include those benefits in subsequent distributions.
Families that require assistance with existing P-EBT cards can call the P-EBT Customer Service Center at 877-328-9677.