Author: Lorraine Gabbert (Lorraine Gabbert)

Masks mandatory for Santa Clara County students

The excitement of returning to school may be dimmed for Santa Clara County students, as they’ll have to wear masks when they go back to the classroom this fall. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended indoor masking for all teachers, school employees, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status....

Teachers can’t afford to live in San Jose

Affordable housing remains elusive for young teachers in San Jose, leaving them with long commutes or forcing them to look for jobs elsewhere. The high cost of living in the Bay Area is challenging for new teachers and other employees, including cafeteria workers and groundskeepers, said San Jose Unified School District spokesperson Jennifer Maddox. “It’s...

San Jose Unified School District denies certification to charter schools

San Jose’s largest public school district has denied certification to two charter schools, which parents say puts student services at risk. The San Jose Unified School District chose not to certify Downtown College Prep (DCP) in good standing in October, which disqualifies the public charter school from receiving state funding through the Charter School Facility...

Largest San Jose school district kicks cops from campuses

After nearly a yearlong debate, San Jose education leaders are booting police officers from San Jose Unified School District campuses—at least for the next school year. The school board Thursday considered a contract between the district and the San Jose Police Department, along with a resolution to limit police officers’ involvement in student discipline and...

Beloved San Jose comedy club reopens its doors post-pandemic

One of San Jose’s most beloved downtown venues is reopening after almost a year and a half. The San Jose Improv reopens today with comedians Sammy Obeid, Phil Griffiths, Sam Marcoux and Chai Sharma performing. D.L. Hughley headlining this weekend. The neighborhood staple, located at 62 South Second Street, survived earthquakes, fires and now the...

San Jose school district abruptly cancels home study program

Some South Bay students are scrambling to figure out what’s next after the San Jose Unified School District abruptly ended its home study program. Home-based education allowed students to go at their own pace and excel in areas of special interest. They could be completely homeschooled or have a combination of homeschooling with school classes...

Santa Clara County loses last COVID mandate

Santa Clara County Public Health discontinued the last of its COVID-related regulations on Monday. Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s public health officer, issued an order eliminating remaining local requirements such as teleworking and social distancing, but businesses and governments will still need to determine the vaccination status of personnel through self-attestation. On Friday, the California...