By Kathy Chouteau
The California Department of Education has selected Richmond’s West County Mandarin School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District as a 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program winner.
The program honors schools and districts that employed an innovative practice during the 2020–21 school year, when schools throughout the state pivoted to distance learning amid the pandemic.
West County Mandarin was one of 727 schools and 121 school districts honored for their efforts to support students in four target areas: student engagement, distribution of technology, nutrition services and social emotional well-being of students.
The honor comes with some nice perks for West County Mandarin; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will give the school a certificate for being a 2022 CAPP Award Program winner, as well as a 2022 CAPP Award Program flag to display on campus.
“I’m incredibly proud of these schools and districts for their creativity, dedication and innovation in the face of adversity,” said Thurmond, who highlighted the schools’ efforts to engage students, distribute technology, provide meals and support the social and emotional well-being of students during a challenging time.