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Roundtable: Schools Welcome Students Back To Campus

Students walking through San Diego State campus on the first day of class, Aug. 23, 2021.
Mike Damron
Students walking through San Diego State campus on the first day of class, Aug. 23, 2021.
Local K-12 schools and colleges begin the academic year with a return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, prep sports including high school football begin play after having their seasons canceled last year, and a look at some of the seemingly solvable issues that have gone addressed in San Diego for decades.

Back-To-School, Back-To-Campus

From kindergarten to college, students are returning to campuses across San Diego while still dealing with the risk of COVID-19. Ahead of San Diego Unified beginning its school year next week, we talk with KPBS education reporter M.G. Perez about the first few days for other K-12 districts in the region. We also discuss the return to campus life for SDSU and the local community colleges.

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Return To Normalcy For High School Sports

This time last year, Friday night lights were dimmed at high school stadiums across San Diego County. With schools resuming a full sports schedule, football and other fall prep sports are back. Brandon Stone, host of the KUSI Prep Pigskin Report, tells us how teams are navigating ongoing pandemic precautions and explains how student-athletes dealt with setbacks in their pursuit of playing in college.

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'San Diego Specials'

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria once coined the phrase "San Diego Special" to describe everyday quality of life issues that have been bogged down by local governments for decades. From transit to the airport to vacation rentals, Voice of San Diego spent the week taking a closer look at why these mundane issues never get solved, especially in a top ten American city. Editor-in-chief Scott Lewis joins us to talk about this series of reports.

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