The new school year brings looser COVID-19 restrictions, with less testing and more field trips and classroom visitors.
People who are elderly and Black make up a disproportionate share of Berkeley’s 62 COVID-19 deaths.
Reversing course, the Berkeley school board rescinded a vaccine-or-test policy for students and put a vaccine mandate for employees on hold at its Wednesday meeting.
The city’s public health officer has opted not to reinstate the requirement, citing data showing COVID cases in decline locally.
More students and staff are testing positive for COVID-19 again due to a surge fueled by omicron subvariants.
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Berkeley’s case rate is higher than it’s been at any point in the pandemic other than the omicron surge. Hospitalizations remain low.
Families with medically vulnerable students or relatives are fighting to save the Virtual Academy program, launched last fall.