School Board Responds to Safety Concerns Amidst Omicron Surge
The Berkeley Unified School District School Board held its first meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, January 5. Due to the Omicron variant’s spread across the United States as well as Berkeley and its public schools, the meeting focused on how the district is handling this COVID-19 surge.
Despite Increase in Omicron Cases, BHS Returns in Person
At the beginning of this school year, there was no guarantee that classes would continue to be in-person. It was uncertain if masks would be required for the whole year, and many worried over the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak at school.
Teachers Grapple with COVID-19 Sick Leave
One morning, Berkeley High School teacher and career advisor James Dopman woke up with a sniffle. In a normal year, he would have shrugged this off. After all, he felt relatively fine and had a history of allergies.
BHS Must Up COVID-19 Precautions Due to Rising Threat of Omicron Variant
Students limiting who they’re in contact with, mask recommendations changing, and COVID-19 cases increasing — this feels all too familiar. The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has sent the world into a new state of panic, making Bay Area communities reconsider how they have handled in-person education in the era of COVID-19.
BUSD School Board Debates Vaccine Mandate at 9/22 Meeting
At its September 22 meeting, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board discussed topics such as a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for eligible students, Latinx and BLM resolutions, and Berkeley High School’s sports teams’ need for accessibility to their gyms.
Delta Variant Complicates Concert Going
Berkeley High School ninth grader Zoe Glass pushed her way through the crowds at an outdoor Jonas Brothers concert on Friday, August 27. With her mask on and an intention to keep distanced from others, she said she took precautions to ensure she was safe and felt comfortable.
California Must Continue to Fund Remote Learning for Students
California recently passed a record high budget for education of over $263 billion. While this is an important step in recovery as schools across California begin to bounce back from over a year of remote learning, there are some definite downsides.
BUSD, City Hold Vaccine Clinic Near BHS Prior to School Year
Berkeley Unified School District and the City of Berkeley held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at City Hall during the last week of summer break. The clinic, located across from Berkeley High School, was run with healthcare provider Carbon Health, and took place every weekday of last week. BUSD Public Information Officer Trish McDermott
World News In Review: Vaccinations
Around the world, vaccinations have become more and more widespread, marking the beginning of the end of pandemic life that began over a year ago. However, vaccine distribution varies in speed and effectiveness from country to country.