Monday represents a long-awaited day for the Kern High School District: General education students will begin to arrive on campus for in-person learning for the first time since the district shuttered its campuses when the pandemic began last March.
Kern Medical will be bringing mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics to school campuses throughout the Kern High School District, according to the county health department.
Kindergartners' feet bounced on the tiny painted footprints that dot the sidewalk outside of Jefferson Elementary on Thursday as they eagerly awaited entry onto campus for the very first time.
It might feel like there's a first day of in-person school somewhere or another every week. That might be true: Kern County has 47 school districts and many small or medium-sized ones have opened for in-person instruction.
Three finalists have been named by the board of the Kern Community College District in the national search to appoint the district’s next chancellor.
In the far southwest corner of the city is the Edible Schoolyard Kern County where students learn about the life cycle of food from seeds to harvest to the table.
When Centennial High School students were brainstorming what might be a successful business idea last summer, they focused on something that everyone can use a lot more of in this stressful era of COVID: mental wellness.
Since California schools were given the green light to allow students back into classrooms, 6 feet has been the official standard for socially distancing students. Then last weekend, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and then the state changed their guidance in response to new r…
The Kern High School District made a big announcement Thursday: It aims to drastically ramp up its reopening plans by bringing back all grade levels by April 28.
The first day of in-person learning for seventh graders at Thompson Junior High was truly an event on Wednesday. There was a step-and-repeat, balloons and the school mascot, a timber wolf, hyping the students up for their very first day on a junior high campus.
The Bakersfield City School District announced that it plans to reopen its junior high and middle schools to in-person instruction on April 19.
Fruitvale School District announced that it plans to switch its elementary students to a more traditional school day in response to new social distancing guidelines rolled out by the state over the weekend.
Bakersfield City School District Deputy Superintendent Mark Luque was appointed to be the district's new superintendent Tuesday night, replacing Doc Ervin, who is slated to leave at the end of June.
Fruitvale Junior High has been recognized by the California Department of Education for the fifth time as a California Distinguished School. The junior high was the only school in Kern County to be honored out of 100 middle schools and high schools across the state.
The winners of this year's Henry Greve Speech Contest in Kern County were announced. The 66th annual contest was held in a virtual format on March 18. Junior high students were asked to give a persuasive speech on the prompt: "Why is it important to embrace diversity?"
School districts serving junior high and high school students have readjusted their tentative reopening schedules, as they anticipate the county moving into the red tier of the state's reopening plan on Tuesday.
Bakersfield City School District's Superintendent Doc Ervin was appointed to be superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District in a board meeting late Tuesday night.
With COVID-19 rates dipping into the red tier in Kern County, it opens up the possibility that some junior high, middle and high school students may be able to return to campus for the last few months of school.
Bakersfield City School District announced that it is enrolling students for two sessions for its upcoming Summer Learning Academy.
Declining COVID-19 rates in Kern County have given the administration of Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, the county’s second-largest elementary district, the confidence to tentatively name dates for its junior high students to return to campus.
On March 15, 2020, a joint statement from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Kern County Public Health Services made it official: All schools in Kern County would close starting March 18. The statement said the closure was "temporary," but a year later COVID-19 has left a deep imp…
On Monday, Greenfield Union School District began to welcome back its first wave of general education students onto its campuses for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Kern County nearly a year ago.
As Kern County begins to receive more allotments of the COVID-19 vaccine, residents will be able to get vaccinated at Cal State Bakersfield and Bakersfield College.
It was a sunny, beautiful day for the very youngest students of Louise Sandrini Elementary to return to campus on Thursday. A row of parents strained to peek through the gates and snap one last photo as their children lined up and then filtered into classrooms for their very first day of sch…
Kern High School District administrators are hoping falling rates of COVID-19 in the community mean that high school seniors can come on campus to enjoy the final days of their school year.
The board for the Bakersfield City School District unanimously voted to approve a COVID-19 safety plan at its board meeting last week, a crucial step required by the state for the district to reopen for in-person learning.
Bakersfield residents Janie Keller and Audilia Gallardo began their friendship at a tough moment in each of their lives. Gallardo's mom was at the end of her life, and Keller found that her body was beginning to fail her.
Last year McKee Middle School eighth grader Bree Goessman participated in the county Oral Language Festival and took home the bronze, but it wasn't quite like this.
Nearly $2 million in state cap-and-trade money has been set aside to help Bakersfield College work with other local organizations on a workforce training program intended, in part, to lessen Kern's economic reliance on petroleum production.
The school year unlike any other has resulted in report cards unlike any other. Students are coming home with fewer As, Bs and Cs and a lot more Ds and Fs compared to last year.
Kern County announced Friday that those who work in local schools will be among the many workers becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting next week.
The board of the Greenfield Union School District approved a plan this week to bring transitional kindergarten through sixth-grade students back onto campuses for in-person learning beginning March 8.
Bakersfield's developers have big plans for the far west neighborhood of West Ming. At its last meeting, the school board of Panama-Buena Vista Union School District approved new boundaries that give its newest school, Highgate Elementary, plenty of room to grow when students arrive from tho…
The Kern High School District held a special board meeting on Wednesday to address spring sports and the meandering path to bring students back for in-person learning.
The Bakersfield City School District announced it plans to open its campuses to elementary school students for the first time since COVID-19 shut school sites down. Should BCSD's plan succeed, it would become the largest district in Kern County to open its campuses.
Elaine Weiss, a journalist, activist and author of books on women's suffrage, will be joining the Bakersfield College Distinguished Speaker Series. Weiss will be speaking via Zoom on Thursday, March 2.
The state has unveiled a new interactive map as a part of Gov. Gavin Newsom's Safe Schools for All Plan that shows the status of every school district in the state.
This week Panama-Buena Vista Union School District announced a plan to open all its elementary school campuses for in-person learning in March.
Last week the superintendent of Fairfax School District could not comment on whether the district was actively using the services of Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost, a law firm hired during a contentious January board meeting.
Stockdale High School was named grand champion of the Kern County Academic Decathlon. Unlike years past, the 40th annual competition was held virtually this year.
Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh joined 10 other California mayors in urging California leaders to prioritize vaccinations for those who educate students in TK through 2nd grades.
The three largest school districts in Bakersfield account for most of the students in Kern County. None of them is considered an "open” district under state guidelines, so they currently are unable to open until local case rates begin to dip — or they have waivers from the state.
At the end of December, Gov. Gavin Newsom released his Safe Schools for All proposal to begin reopening California schools in February, starting with transitional kindergarten through second grade. His stated goal was to push in-person learning for a younger population less susceptible to CO…
The Fairfax School Board revisited its controversial legal contract with Fagen, Friedman & Fulcrost LLP in a special board meeting Wednesday night. A 3-2 majority again approved a contract with the educational law firm, and the majority not only blocked discussion of the issue but chasti…
In a cartoon posted on Rep. Kevin McCarthy's blog last week, a woman lounges under a tropical sun, adjusting her reflector to even out her tan. There are wisps of clouds in a blue sky, palm trees and a cocktail. In the next panel is a young boy staring quizzically at a learning tablet in the…
Bakersfield College opened its Panorama Campus nearly 65 years ago. To help the campus gracefully age, the college asked voters to approve Measure J in 2016 to do everything from small changes that make buildings more accessible to important infrastructure changes to teardowns all around campus.
A rushed, heated debate over whether to approve a contract with outside legal counsel at Fairfax School District highlighted an ongoing rift in the board at January's meeting. But it also hinted at the potential for legal turmoil in the small southeast Bakersfield school district.
Chevron has donated $240,000 to Kern County school districts, with most of that money going to bringing additional districts into the Kern Integrated Data System (KiDS).
Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s newest school, Highgate Elementary, is slated to open in August. Now the district is facing the question of where those students and staff will come from. On Feb. 9, district staff will make a recommendation that the board is expected to vote on.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools announced that it will hold a Virtual Education Fair for those interested in entering teaching or other positions in schools.