The investigations are over in the cases of two Cal Poly dorm buildings that were evacuated in late January after students reported uncontrollable coughing.
The two incidents occurred within a week of each other. The first case was reported in Santa Lucia Hall on Jan.25 and the second in Fremont Hall on Jan. 31.
Ernie Paez is a Division Chief with the Office of the State Fire Marshall and says during both incidents the hazmat teams did what they were trained to do. They took a reading of the air using their monitors, but didn't find anything.
The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is moving forward with a plan to bring bilingual education to its students. The dual immersion program was approved by the superintendent and district board Thursday night.
The program will be set at the new elementary school, which is scheduled to open this August.
District Spokesperson Maggie White says the board chose not to initiate a program start date yet, but says it could go into effect as soon as the start of the next school year.
Volunteers at both Cal Poly and UCSB are set to begin helping Central Coast residents prepare their tax returns—for free. The program is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
Levi Satterthwaite is part of the program at Cal Poly and says he's excited to be involved.
"As college seniors at Cal Poly we're trained and we're IRS certified to prepare tax returns and to help them out," said Satterthwaite. "It's a wonderful opportunity and we love to give back to the community."
A recent string of sexual assaults reported by Cal Poly students has left all greek life on social probation and one fraternity is no longer recognized by the university. Two students, Hannah Poplack and Nadine Leffler wrote a 'letter to the editor' of their school's newspaper in response an article about the university's disciplinary action.
Two Paso Robles elementary schools will reopen as normal Friday morning, after both were put on lockdown Thursday for separate, unrelated causes.
Pat Butler Elementary School was the first affected, after two students reported they were threatened by an armed man near the campus during recess. The kids say the man was just outside the athletic field fence and had a shotgun or rifle.
The lockdown stayed in place until 2:15 Thursday afternoon, following an orchestrated search of the area.
A Cal Poly fraternity is no longer welcomed by the university and the rest of the Greek System, including both sororities and fraternities, is on social probation.
The university announced the moves Tuesday, following the third sexual assault reported this academic year associated with Greek houses.
Keith Humphrey is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Cal Poly and says these cases are affecting the health and safety of students. Although the university has paused all social activities in response, regular chapter operations can continue.
Seven years ago, Danny Chaffin, then only 19 years old, was volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. It was here he learned about the dire social situation in Nepal. Danny found many children living in the city’s orphanages had been sent to Kathmandu by well-meaning parents, from remote rural villages, without schools, to receive an education.