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Wednesday in the East Bay: Warriors destroy Dallas, omicron surges on AUSD campuses and more

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Rookie Jonathan Kuminga leads Dubs in trampling Mavericks

Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga led Golden State in scoring with 22 points during their 130-92 victory over Dallas Tuesday night, ESPN reports.

The Warriors never let off the gas after taking the lead 14-13 in the first quarter with Klay Thompson chipping in 15 points in 26 minutes after being added back to the lineup after missing the previous game due to soreness in his knee.

“My mindset is just to play with energy, great focus and joy," Thompson said.

Steph Curry racked up 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins contributed 17 and 14 points to the Dubs’ bottom line.

“That was Klay’s best game in terms of allowing things to happen,”said Warriors Coach Steve Kerr. “He wasn’t forcing anything.”

The Warriors are now 4-1 during their current seven-game homestand and 22-4 at the San Francisco’s Chase Center so far this season.

Golden State will face Minnesota Thursday at the Chase Center.

Officials say omicron still surging on AUSD campuses

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Officials from the Alameda Unified School District reported data collected through Jan. 15-21 indicating that COVID-19 classes are still relatively high on district campuses, East Bay Times reports.

A total of 603 positive cases were reported since Jan. 3 with an increase from five new cases a week to 10 since the arrival of omicron on district campuses in late December.

In response to the surge, AUSD is creating protocols based on guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, including the use of KN-95 masks for all teachers and staff and the duration a student would need to quarantine for when exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 from seven days down to five if the students tests negative on day five or after.

Sen. Skinner’s Road to Success program aims to revamp transportation to California schools

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On Tuesday, California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced new legislation that would provide every K-12 student in the state with transportation to and from school everyday, East Bay Times reports.

“Getting to and from school should never be a barrier to student success. The research is clear: Students with school-provided transportation miss far fewer days and are more likely to graduate,” said Skinner. “SB 878, Road to Success, will ensure that not having a ride is never again the reason for a child to miss school.”

The bill is funded by the California School Employees Association (CSEA) and would replace California’s underfunded and outdated transportation program.

SB 878 would provide every student with free transportation to and from school every day starting during the 2023-24 school year.

“California’s home-to-school transportation program was originally intended to reimburse districts for school transportation, but its funding formula hasn’t allowed for increases in almost a decade while costs like fuel, labor and maintenance have skyrocketed. Sen. Skinner’s SB 878, Road to Success, would ensure that all public-school students are offered safe and reliable transportation to school and back home by providing schools with adequate funding to expand existing services, update their bus fleets and offer competitive salaries to address their school bus driver shortage,” said CSEA President Matthew “Shane” Dishman.

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