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Downtown San Luis Obispo is partnering with local artists and students on the Cal Poly Rose Float Team to give the city core and its businesses a floral makeover.

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Experts say efficient testing and tracing are key components to limiting the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind, UC Santa Barbara has opened a certified clinical COVID lab on campus for students, faculty and staff.

Cal Poly partner lab makes mistake on COVID-19 test results

Feb 1, 2021
Alexa Kushner

Avellino Labs, a third-party lab charged with administering COVID-19 tests to Cal Poly students, told campus officials in late January it made a mistake in reporting test results.

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The Santa Barbara Unified School District has adopted a new grading policy for secondary students—grades 7-12—as they continue with distance learning.

By a unanimous vote, the school board passed a grading policy that now includes an option for a grade of 'No Credit' in lieu of an F.

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Astronaut and Cal Poly alumnus Victor Glover took the time to speak Wednesday with students and members of Cal Poly's National Society of Black Engineers—also known as NSBE—and he did so live from the International Space Station. 

Angel Russell

The Cal Poly  campus in San Luis Obispo is buzzing once again, with Monday's start to the winter quarter, and students are adjusting to the increased COVID-19 testing. 

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For many, December includes an outing to "The Nutcracker" ballet, and for dance schools up and down the Central Coast, holiday show ticket sales make up a large part of the yearly operating budget. But with theaters closed, performances of the holiday classic will be posted online for home viewing.

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As some students struggle with remote learning, Central Coast parents have started a group urging the reopening of schools for all grade levels. 

SLO County Office of Education

With San Luis Obispo County moving into California's most restrictive COVID-19 tier, the SLO County Office of Education hosted a “returning to school safely” webinar to explain to parents what that now means for them.

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The outlook for San Luis Obispo County in terms of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a turn for the worse. SLO County is currently in the red tier, but health officials warn the current case count indicates a purple tier is looming. 

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As many schools throughout the state remain shuttered due to COVID-19, San Luis Obispo County public schools are allowing more students for in-person instruction this week. 

California’s public television stations have joined with the state’s county school superintendents to launch a new online service for educators and parents. The collaboration comes at a time in which teachers and families are grappling with the ongoing challenges of virtual learning.

Angel Russell

In Paso Robles, some students with disabilities returned to campus Monday, and the school district is hoping to serve more students with in-person learning assistance this school year. 

Valley View Adventist Academy

While most local students started the 2020/2021 school year with online learning, 13 private elementary schools around San Luis Obispo County have been granted waivers to allow in-person instruction.

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It’s been seven weeks since Central Coast schools closed in-person classrooms and began teaching students virtually. The change was radical and abrupt.

Central Coast students, nurses strike for climate and job terms

Sep 21, 2019
Emily McBride (top) and Greta Mart (bottom)

Friday was a day of demonstrations on the Central Coast, with students walking out of class to join young people around the world in an international climate strike, and local nurses picketing for better working terms in San Luis Obispo and Templeton.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, let's talk about how we can best support and value the work of educators who make a difference in the lives of our children everyday. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guests—Trevor McDonald, superintendent of the Lompoc Unified School District and 21-year veteran teacher and union representative Lodene Blair—about the state of education and what is needed to help teachers do their best for students. 

"The Clapback" interviews 61 rape and sexual assault survivors at Cal Poly

Apr 12, 2019
Amelia Meyerhoff

A student’s senior project at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo went live on the web this week. It calls out the university as a place where sexual assault is common and victims don’t feel supported. The project is called “The Clapback: An Investigation of the Sexual Assault and Rape Culture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,” and features interviews with 61 rape and sexual assault survivors.

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"A 30-year-old San Luis Obispo city law is causing Cal Poly students to live off lease and it may be illegal." That's the headline of a recent article by Cal Poly student media outlet Mustang News. Student reporter Ashley Ladin stopped by the KCBX studios to discuss her story about the law, how students navigate it and what is—or isn’t being done—to change it.

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Hannah Allen, a senior at San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly, developed bulimia as a student-athlete during her freshman year. Her story was recently chronicled in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, and she recently sat down in the KCBX studio—along with with Tribune reporter Monica Vaughan and dietitian Libby Parker—to discuss bringing attention to Eating Disorder Awareness week, and the illnesses that may affect up to 10 percent of college students.

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A group of architecture students from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo has been working to reimagine Paradise, California. The students are creating plans to rebuild the city mostly destroyed by November’s Camp Fire, with input from residents. The students presented their concepts to the Paradise community at Chico State on February 22.

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A comprehensive study of the California State University System, released in January, found eleven percent of students were homeless one or more times in 2017. This percentage was slightly higher among San Luis Obispo’s Cal Poly students, at 12.3 percent. Students end up homeless for a number of reasons; the lack of financial resources usually tops the list. But in this story, we meet two Cal Poly students who are choosing to be homeless to save their money for other uses. 

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Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people across the country took to the streets to protest gun violence in communities and schools. Local March For Our Lives events coincided with a national rally in Washington, DC.

Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County was no exception. 

Santa Barbara Junior High School math teacher Joey Ogle

A group of Santa Barbara County middle school students spent much of their Monday afternoon on lockdown in the U.S. Capitol Building after a man was shot during a routine security screening.

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The City of Santa Barbara and the local community college are working to improve student neighborhoods based on a program used by Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo. 

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University leaders are sharing new plans for how to deal with an expanding Cal Poly over the next 20 years.

They are considering two versions for a Master Plan.

One continues with the quarter system, using an expanded campus. The other would use increased summer enrollment to handle more students.

Linda Dalton is the interim university planning officer

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The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office formally announced charges Friday in a 12 count criminal complaint against the five Cal Poly students investigators connected to a fraternity robbery earlier this month.

The most serious charges are against 18-year-old Cameron Marcel Akins who has several gun enhancements added to the already serious robbery charges he's facing. Gun enhancements can add 10 years to a prison sentence.

Allan Hancock College

The Santa Maria campus of Allan Hancock College is offering classes in winemaking, tasting, and a wide variety of ag-related wine curriculum this fall.

The winemaking classes will be held in the school's new Industrial Technology Complex with its state-of-the-art winemaking facility. It has more than 35,000 square feet of lab space. There will also be an online-only version of the class offered.

Professor Alfredo Koch says the expanded wine curriculum is attractive to students looking to continue a degree at Cal Poly, Fresno State, or U.C.Davis.

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Students grades k-12 will have a free ride this summer on public transit throughout San Luis Obispo County. They just need to show their school ID in order to take any fixed route without having to pay cash.

The program includes RTA, SLO Transit, South County Transit, Paso Express and Morro Bay Transit.

Monterey-Salinas Transit offers a youth pass for $38, which is good for rides throughout the summer.

Santa Barbara County does not currently offer a summer student deal.

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All classes are canceled Tuesday on the UCSB campus in an effort to give the campus community time to grieve for the six students who were killed Friday in Isla Vista by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger.  

While classes will not be held, UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang is asking faculty members to make themselves available to students on campus. Counselors are also available at the Student Resource Building.

There will be a memorial service at Harder Stadium on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. organized jointly by students, staff, and faculty. 

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