Back To School In COVID-19 Era

Some Livermore Parents Demand Return To In-Classroom LearningParents in Livermore planned to pack Tuesday night's school board meeting to demand that their students return to classrooms for in-person learning as soon as possible.
Berkeley Schools Get Green Light to Reopen Next WeekBerkeley middle and high schools have the option to reopen Monday if they have a plan and follow guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, city officials said Thursday.
COVID Reopening: San Jose Unified Plans On Return To In-Person Learning In Early JanuaryOfficials with the San Jose Unified School District on Monday announced that students will have the option to return to schools for in-person learning starting in early January.
Parents Question Plan For In-Person Classes In Open Letter To Palo Alto School DistrictIn advance of Tuesday’s vote by the Palo Alto Unified School District to resume in-person classes, district leaders have received an open letter signed by hundreds of parents, and also the results of a new parent-led survey.
California Parents Plan Weeklong "Zoom Out" Student Protest Over COVID-19 School ClosuresFamilies who say they have had enough of distance learning are calling on students to log off statewide for a full week to protest the continuing closure of public schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents, Teachers Divided Over Reopening Palo Alto School ClassroomsPalo Alto Unified School District is set to vote next week on a plan to resume in-person instruction and could begin ramping up students back into the class as early as next month.
COVID Reopenings: San Francisco Officials Launch Online Dashboard To Allow Parents To Track School OpeningSan Francisco health officials have launched an online dashboard that allows parents at a glance to see updated reopening information on their child's school.
University of California's Top Doctor Says School Reopening Will Take Another YearThe University of California's executive vice president and head of UC Health had a sobering message for the system's leaders this week: School won't go back to normal for at least another year.
Health Inspectors Evaluate San Francisco Schools in Advance of ReopeningBack-to-school health inspections are now underway in San Francisco and, with the health department’s blessing, some schools plan to bring back younger students soon.
San Francisco Schools To Begin First Round Of In-Person Classes At 'Community Hubs'San Francisco is forging ahead with school reopening plans, with thousands of students set to attend in-person classes at “community hubs” at 40 sites citywide, beginning Monday, September 14.
More Than A Dozen Marin Schools Welcome Back Students For In-Person Learning Marin County approved waivers to allow more than a dozen schools to reopen Tuesday for in-person classroom learning. For many, it was a small step, but a welcome one.
Reopenings: Marin County Remains On State's COVID-19 Tier One; Business Reopenings DelayedMarin health officials announced Tuesday the county's hopeful move to Tier 2 COVID-19 status by state officials will not happen at least until the end of the week.
Cal Campus Closure Leaves Usually Bustling Berkeley A Ghost TownUC Berkeley is housing approximately 6,500 students for the fall semester, but with COVID-19 restricting in-person classes, that total doesn't compare to the over 60,000 students who usually roam the area.
Waivers Approved, More Bay Area Schools Get Green Light For In-Person LearningIt's back to the classroom for dozens of students in the Bay Area as one-by-one, schools get the green light to throw out distance learning.
Chico State Cancels In-Person Classes After Positive For COVID-19 TestsChico State canceled its limited number of in-person classes Monday and told students to vacate campus housing by the weekend after at least 30 people tested positive for the coronavirus days after the fall semester started.
UC Berkeley Freshmen Start College Under Surreal COVID RestrictionsStudents at UC Berkeley attended all classes online Wednesday for the first day of the new academic year under COVID-19 restrictions.
Newsom: San Francisco Could Exit Watch List This Week, Reopen For In-Person Schooling SoonGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced that San Francisco and other cities could allow in-person learning at their schools if they continue to show improvement in decreasing COVID-19 cases.
Contra Costa Health Officials To Accept In-Person Education Waiver ApplicationsStarting Wednesday, public and private elementary schools in Contra Costa County can submit applications to allow in-person teaching on their campuses by obtaining a public health waiver from Contra Costa Health Services, the county announced Tuesday.

Back To School 2020 Video Reports

Parents, Teachers At Odds With Palo Alto School District Over Reopening SchoolsParents and teachers were squaring off with the Palo Alto school board over the back-to-school timeline. As the vote to resume in-person learning looms, Joe Vazquez tells us many are asking, "what's the rush?"
California Parents Plan Weeklong "Zoom Out" Strike Over COVID-19 School ClosuresBetty Yu reports plans for students to participated in a "Zoom out" protests against distance learning across California (9-27-2020)
Parents, Teachers at Odds Over Reopening Palo Alto School ClassroomsFor Palo Alto school officials, reopening in-person learning is a tough call. Parents want it but teachers don't feel comfortable returning to the classroom. Kiet Do reports (9-24-20)
Working Mom Sets Up Learning Pod Inside East Bay Funeral HomeBack-to-school during the pandemic has a lot of parents struggling to balance work and distance learning. Juliette Goodrich shows one working mom who had to set up a learning pod inside a funeral home.
CLASSROOM SET TO REOPEN: Some San Francisco schools prepare to reopen for K-6th grade studentsSome San Francisco schools prepare to reopen for K-6th grade students
Health Inspectors Evaluate San Francisco Schools in Advance of ReopeningBack-to-school health inspections are now underway in San Francisco and, with the health department’s blessing, some schools plan to bring back younger students soon. Joe Vazquez reports. (9-17-20)
Bay Area Teachers Unions, Districts Wrangle Over Classroom ReopeningMore elementary schools in Bay Area counties are starting to reopen with waivers but school districts within those counties and teachers' unions have to reach agreements before kids come back to the classrooms. Kenny Choi reports. (9-17-20)

Back To School 2020 -- Black Lives Matter

Oakland School Board Votes To Remove OUSD Police From School CampusesThe Oakland Unified School District's Board of Education was set to vote Wednesday evening on eliminating police services from the district's campuses.
San Francisco Unified School District Votes To Remove Police From City's Public SchoolsAmid a national movement to eliminate law enforcement from schools, the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday night voted unanimously to declare the city’s public schools to be police-free.
California Schools Chief Announces Review, Task Force To Analyze Policing In SchoolsCalifornia State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond outlined Wednesday the state’s plans to analyze data on policing in schools.
SJSU Faculty Petition To Defund University Police Advocates Redirecting Funds To StudentsA petition to defund the San Jose State University police department picked up steam on social media Tuesday, collecting more than 200 signatures.
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr Speaks Out At Oakland Rally For Police-Free SchoolsGolden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr on Tuesday spoke at a rally organized by activists pushing to eliminate the school police force in Oakland, showing his support for the community during what he called "a real reckoning for America."
Push Underway To Take Junipero Serra, George Washington, Francis Scott Key Names Off San Francisco SchoolsThe battle over renaming schools honoring slave owners and other figures is getting attention in a different way. Even before the latest “Black Lives Matter” protests across the country, San Francisco Unified Schools officials implemented steps to take a closer look at controversial school names.
CA Schools Chief Applauds Renaming Schools Named After Slaveholders, Racially Charged LeadersCalifornia schools chief Tony Thurmond said Wednesday that schools named for Confederate leaders or other racially charged figures exacerbate feelings of racial inequality, and he commended schools that have opted to rename themselves.
West Contra Costa Unified School District Officials Vote To End Contract Services With Local PoliceThe West Contra Costa Unified School District board has unanimously approved a $377 million budget for the coming academic year that includes ending contract services with local police agencies.
Parents Taking Lead In Teaching School Children About Racism And BiasState Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond plans to make sure all educators are trained on how to engage in discussions about race and bias with students this upcoming school year, but some parents aren't waiting for their kids to be in a classroom to teach those life lessons.
State Superintendent Thurmond Calls For New Plan On Racism, Bias In SchoolsCalifornia’s education chief Tony Thurmond announced plans Monday to lead a new effort focusing on racism in state schools during emotional remarks on George Floyd.