During the last school year, when and how to reopen K-12 classrooms to students became a thorny issue that involved not only questions of health and education, but also politics. Now, as the beginning of the new school year approaches, the issue of children and teens wearing masks in classro…

Finals just wrapped up in the Kern High School District this week, but it won’t be a long break for many. Summer school kicks off on Monday, and there will be more students and teachers than in recent memory.

The Kern High School District kicked off graduation week Monday evening with commencement ceremonies at Stockdale and Mira Monte high schools. Over the course of this week, the district will hold ceremonies for its other 16 comprehensive high schools in addition to its continuation schools.

There were no caps and gowns at the Career Technical Education Center on Wednesday night, and the ceremonies honoring students were much smaller and less formal than those that will be held at high schools around Kern High School District next week. But the sense of destiny and purpose felt …