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Palm Springs Unified School District puts diversity first this school year

Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD) is requiring all district staff to undergo conscious education so everyone has a better understanding of the staff and students they work alongside with. According to Dr. Nicole Crawford, the PSUSD Diversity and Racial Equity Coordinator, conscious education is an exploration of unconscious biases that everyone has. “We may

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DSUSD students return to school

Desert Sands Unified School District students returned to school on Tuesday for the 2023-2024 school year. It’s another year of learning for many students. For some students, it’s their very first time entering a classroom. How can you as a parent address the first day of school jitters? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the

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First Day of School: Students head back to class in the Palm Springs Unified School District Wednesday

Drivers will want to slow down in school zones around the Coachella Valley Wednesday, the first day of the 2023-2024 school year for the Palm Springs Unified School District.  An estimated 21,600 students are headed back into classrooms, along with teachers and staffers, for the start of the new school year. News Channel 3 interviewed Interim Superintendent, Dr. Tony Signoret

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How local school districts are using emergency funding to handle rising mental health challenges

As kids struggle with mental health challenges in school after pandemic distance learning, educators across the nation are reporting an increase in anxiety, bullying, and violence among student populations. For Brianna Garcia, a mother of two elementary school kids in Indio, she’s doing her best to help her girls catch up. And that means tutors, along with a

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Youth mobilize for walkability audit, make Eastern Coachella Valley communities more safe

Youth Leadership Institute is conducting a walkability audit in Coachella today with the help of local young people dedicated to making improvements throughout their communities.  Check out our live interview moments after the audit: Program manager at YLI, Paulina Rojas, said the audit is made possible through a grant from SCAG’s Go Human Mini-Grants Program,

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Exclusive: Embedding with Palm Springs police during active shooter simulation

The Palm Springs Police Department is putting renewed focus on active shooter training for its officers. Since late June, officers have been going through rigorous assessments to determine their strengths and weaknesses.  “This particular assessment is probably the first one we’ve done in about 7 years,” said Lieutenant Gustavo Araiza of the Palm Springs Police

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Valley school districts clarify extracurricular safety policies

After a difficult year of isolation, several social and extracurricular activities are resuming at valley schools.  “It’s very important. It’s connectedness to the school. It’s been very long since our students have had that opportunity,” said Deanna Keuilian, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, PSUSD.  “It’s being able to get a sense of normalcy and

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