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California’s Youth Sports Update Provides Answers, Leaves Questions

For the first time in more than four months, the California Department of Public Health updated its guidelines for youth sports last week, providing the 2020-21 school year’s first clarity as to whether or not high school sports will be played in California this year. Prior to last week’s update, the CIF State and its […]

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LBUSD Announces Schools Will Remain Closed Until March 1

The Long Beach Unified School District announced Monday afternoon that its campuses will remain mostly closed until at least March 1, an extension of the previous re-opening date of Jan. 28 by a little more than a month.  The campuses will continue to allow Kids Club and other day-care programs that are currently operating–about 1,600 […]

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FEATURE: Poly Music Collaborates Virtually For Holiday Album

Sitting alone in her room, Jessica Hooper faced a microphone perched atop a stack of textbooks and draped a blanket over her head. Hooper is an alto in Long Beach Poly’s vocal jazz choir, and while her method of reducing reverb in her recordings might appear unusual, she’s one of over 200 students finding a […]

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Long Beach Poly Students Win Model UN Competition

Photo courtesy Long Beach Poly Model UN Club. The group is pictured on a field trip to New York in March, just days before schools were shut down. For decades, Poly’s magnet programs have drawn national acclaim for the success of their students in the classroom. Even in a virtual world, that success continued earlier […]

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COLUMN: Two Americas, Two Long Beaches, Two Pandemics

There is one COVID-19, but there are two COVID-19 pandemics. One is the pandemic I see discussed endlessly on Twitter and Facebook and in newspapers and on television. It’s the pandemic that’s being experienced by middle class Americans and white collar employees. They’re working from home, they’re (understandably) upset and emotional at the things they’ve […]


Large Donations Benefit LBUSD Efforts

The Long Beach Unified School District received a pair of major donations last week, intended to aid the district’s efforts to continue providing education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Molina Foundation gifted a grant that provided 75,000 new children’s books at a value of $655,000. “Especially in this time of distance learning and limited access […]

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PODCAST: What’s It Like To Be A Virtual Student?

This week on the show JJ, Mike and Tyler are talking to a second grader from the Long Beach Unified School District about what life is like as a virtual student. The episode also includes an update on everything happening to the local schools this week. 01:00 Interview With LBUSD Student Vincent Guardabascio 19:30 Breaking […]

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Support The562 During Long Beach Gives Day!

As we announced back in May, The562 is thrilled to be included in the annual Long Beach Gives fundraiser. We’re fortunate to be among the 150+ non-profits who will be working together to raise both awareness and funding for important causes and organizations around our community. Long Beach Gives Day is a full 24 hours […]

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Century Club Makes Donation to Middle School Sports Programs

Continuing an initiative that began in February, the Long Beach Century Club finalized a donation to each of the 23 middle schools in the Long Beach Unified School District last week. During a socially-distant meeting of the schools’ principals, Century Club president Keith Polmanteer, alongside a handful of club members, presented $500 checks that will […]

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LBUSD Will Remain Virtual Through Jan. 28

The Long Beach Unified School District has announced that it will continue distance learning through Jan. 28. The LBUSD, which began classes on Sept. 1, had previously stated it would be online only through at least Oct. 5. Superintendent Jill Baker announced the extension on Thursday afternoon. Click here for our full story with the […]