Students Trickle Back to Class as San Diego Unified Focuses on Special Needs

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Children went back to the classroom in San Diego Unified School District as part of Phase 1 to help special needs students. The girl is returning to Lafayette Elementary School in Clairemont.
Children went back to the classroom in San Diego Unified School District as part of Phase 1 to help special-needs students. The girl is returning to Lafayette Elementary School in Clairemont. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego classrooms are no longer empty. Tuesday morning, children were inspecting school gardens, doing work in the halls and enjoying lessons on a classroom’s giant smart board.

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Special-needs students returned to limited on-campus instruction in the San Diego Unified School District’s elementary schools in the first phase of returning all students to in-person learning.

“What we are seeing is a lot of struggle with the social and emotional aspects,” said Principal Anne McCarty at Lafayette Elementary School in Clairemont. “Parents are having to be the teachers and work and do everything, so we are trying to help out as much

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The College of Health Care Professions Named as San Antonio Express-News 2020 Top Workplace Winner

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), a trailblazer in the delivery of allied health education that offers accredited stackable degree and certificate programs aligned to the region’s fastest-growing healthcare fields, has been named The San Antonio Express-News Top Workplace winner. This is the third year in a row CHCP’s San Antonio and South San Antonio campuses were recognized on the Top Workplace list.

“This award highlights the hard work of the entire San Antonio team whose leadership inspires and motivates students to achieve their career goals,” said Eric Bing, chief executive officer of CHCP. “Our faculty and staff are the bedrock of our work to help aspiring professionals find success in careers throughout their lives.”

CHCP was recently featured on the podcast, A Model to Watch, where Bing discusses student wellbeing during the pandemic, how CHCP has designed its

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San Antonio teacher goes above and beyond to teach students about empathy, tolerance

SAN ANTONIO – Lisa Barry’s commitment to education and her students has gained statewide recognition after being named as one of three finalists for the 2021 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Barry is a 5th grade teacher at Woodridge Elementary School in the Alamo Heights Independent School District.

About 17 years ago, she started what she calls the tolerance project during her time at Navarro ISD.

Barry said she noticed children being bullied in her classroom and needed a way to address it.

“And I started using the children of the Holocaust to teach them empathy and how to be civic-minded and how to not be silent, how to not be bystanders,” she said during a Q&A segment with KSAT.

The tolerance project has now evolved into not only teaching about the Holocaust, but also teaching the children about Black history and

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