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New 2018 laws may impact your child's education

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Many new laws went into effect at the start of the New Year that concern California schools.

As of January 1, students in the Golden State will no longer be denied a meal due to unpaid meal fees. Under the new law, districts will be prohibited from "lunch shaming" students for having debts and will have to provide them with the same lunch as their classmates.

"I had trouble before with my son where he doesn't have enough money in his lunch account and he comes home and they told him he can't have a lunch and he gets hungry. How can he study without a lunch?" said Irania Cardenas, a San Luis Obispo resident.

Pesticides can no longer be used within a quarter-mile radius of any school site during instructional hours. This includes all applications by aircraft, sprinklers, and all fumigant applications.

"Things of that sort could harm kids' ability to learn, inhale that stuff if you don't know what that does to your body, and that's not good for human development," said Jeff Lewis, a San Luis Obispo visitor.

Low-income schools are now required by law to provide free menstrual products to girls in 6th through 12th grades.

Under another new law, children whose parents are deported can continue to go to school in California. Students ages 6 to 18 can attend a school outside the district where their parents lived.

"If kids are here they deserve to be able to go to school and be contributing citizens of our country," said Joan Decker, supporting the new law.  

First-time college students can expect one year free at any of the state's 114 community colleges, so long as they are residents and enroll as full-time students.

"I don't think that college should be free. I think that you should have the most exceptional people go to college," said Kasey Jones from Paso Robles.

"Sometimes we can't afford to send our kids to school. I think it's good for low-income families," Cardenas added.

Students can officially say goodbye to the high school exit exam. After being abolished for three years, the state has decided not to replace it and is eliminating it as a whole.

Also, all school districts will no longer be allowed to grant permission for a person to carry guns in a school zone.

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