UPDATE: Oakland Unified Faces Latest Protests Over Omicron Safety ConcernsThe Oakland Unified saw another day of protest Monday as a number of students and teachers skipped school to call for improved COVID safety measures.
Oakland Students Plan Boycott Over Omicron Safety ConcernsHundreds of students in the Oakland Unified School District were ready to boycott classes on Tuesday. Organizers say their demands to safely return students to school amid the Omicron surge haven’t been met.
UPDATE: Another Teacher Sickout Over COVID-19 Safety Measures Closes 9 Oakland Unified SchoolsOakland Unified School District officials said nine schools were closed Thursday due to a teacher sickout, despite the district recently coming to a tentative agreement with unions regarding COVID safety protocols.
Oakland Unified Announces Agreement With Teachers' Union On COVID Safety Amid Omicron SurgeThe Oakland Unified School District announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the union representing teachers on some COVID-19 safety issues as the district faces staffing shortages amid the omicron surge.
Student Petition in Oakland Threatens Walkout if District Does Not Improve COVID ProtectionsA group of Oakland Unified high school students are threatening to walk off campuses if the school district doesn't provide more COVID protections or return to online learning.
UPDATE: Oakland Teacher Sickout Calling for Increased COVID Safety Shuts Down 12 SchoolsA planned sickout by teachers in Oakland led to the East Bay district shutting down a dozen schools on Friday, according to Oakland Unified officials.
COVID: Oakland Unified School District Warns Of Potential Sickout By Some TeachersThe Oakland Unified School District warned parents Thursday that some teachers may stage what they described as an "illegal sickout" on Friday, as school districts across the Bay Area face staffing shortages during the COVID-19 omicron surge.
COVID Omicron Surge: Oakland Unified Says Mass Testing Over Holidays Finds Nearly 1,000 Cases Among Staff, StudentsOfficials at the Oakland Unified School District credited a COVID-19 mass testing effort over the holidays in helping find nearly 1,000 cases among students and staff before classes resumed Monday.
East Bay Schools Make Big Push to Test Students, StaffThere's a major effort underway to get Bay Area students tested for COVID before returning to school on Monday.
East Palo Alto Scholar Helping Ease Transition For Newly-Arrived Immigrant FamiliesA former Students Rising Above scholar is helping newly-arrived immigrant families in the Bay Area establish themselves with an empathy gained from her own personal traumas.
Oakland Tech Students Walk Out to Protest District's Sexual Harassment PolicyHundreds of Oakland Tech High School students walked out of class late Wednesday morning to protest claims that Oakland Unified officials are ignoring complaints of sexual harassment and assault.
UPDATE: Oakland School Board Reinstates Popular Police Mentoring ProgramA week after voting to cancel a popular mentoring program for Black youth, the Oakland school board has reversed course.
COVID: Oakland Unified Sets January Deadline For Students 12 And Up To Be Fully VaccinatedStudents 12 and older in the Oakland Unified School District will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in-person classes starting in January, following a close vote by the school board Wednesday night.
Oakland School Board Discusses Reinstating Popular Police Mentoring ProgramThe Oakland school board is meeting Wednesday night to discuss whether to reverse a decision made last week to eliminate a popular mentoring program for young Black men.
COVID: Oakland Teachers Seek Expanded Testing, Improved Ventilation Among Safety DemandsOakland teachers are ratcheting up pressure on district leadership to spend COVID-19 relief funds on new safety protocols and equipment, ahead of the colder winter months.