On April 12, students in grades 3-5 went back five days per week and middle schoolers began hybrid learning.
Berkeley Unified and the teachers’ union reached an agreement Tuesday on a hybrid learning schedule.
What was back-to school-day like today? We followed three students and two teachers as many elementary students went back onto campuses after the long months of lockdown.
White families are opting for in-person instruction at higher rates than Black and Latinx families.
Families, the district and teachers have made their views known about getting back on campuses. We asked high-school students what they think.
Teachers are looking forward to seeing students again, but there are safety concerns and the rhetoric of the reopening debate has taken its toll.
Parents worry that distance learners are more likely to be stuck with a substitute than students on-campus, especially a substitute without experience teaching online.
On the one-year anniversary of the school shutdown, about 150 parents and students protested on Saturday, calling for a full reopening of schools, including Berkeley High.
The plan is a major shift from the district’s previous offer of hybrid learning for all students, and comes after months of negotiations between the school district and its union.
Berkeley schools are closed. Piedmont’s are open. What gives?
Readers have asked why Berkeleyside has not covered this story when many local and national outlets have, so we are sharing our thinking.
The union needs to ratify the agreement and teachers need to be vaccinated, but more in-person instruction could ramp up by late-March to mid-April.