Schools Reopening

K’s Coffee House on Center St. is known for its speedy service and wide range of lunch options.

Where Does BHS Go for Lunch?


As Berkeley High School opens its doors for the first time in 18 months, many students will be coming to campus for the very first time. One important tradition to get used to will be the famous BHS off-campus lunch.

Freshmen, led by link leaders, attend BHS orientation on the Jacket field.

Orientations Prepare Students for In-Person School Year


Orientation week kicked off the school year, providing make-up tours for sophomores who didn’t have an in-person freshman orientation due to the pandemic, and offering an in-person welcome to the new Berkeley High School freshmen.

BHS Activist Clubs Plan Strong Return to Action


The cycle is familiar; every few months, everyone on social media will have a sudden passion for one issue or another and then forget about it soon after.

“It Feels Unreal:” BHS Students Return to In-Person School


Berkeley High School students returned Monday to full time in-person school for the first time since March 2020.  With in-person school now mandatory, students, staff, and teachers are feeling a variety of emotions.  “Our teachers miss you, a lot, they

Sarah Matsumoto, a photography teacher at BHS, works at a desk in her classroom. Now that in-person school is an option, Wednesday classes have been made mandatory for students not attending in person.

Students Should Not Be Forced to Attend Wednesday Class


Wednesdays are notorious for being full of exhaustion: motivation from Monday is long gone, and the weekend is nowhere in sight. However, with the asynchronous Wednesday schedule that Berkeley High School implemented before May, the so-called hump day provided a short break from the chaos of the week.

A Year of Virtual Learning Reveals What to Preserve for In-Person School


To read the first part of this series on transitioning to in-person school, click here. Distance learning sucks. Nobody likes enduring the boredom, awkwardness, and discomfort that comes with virtual schooling.

“It feels more real:” BHS Students Return to In-Person Instruction


As the 2020-21 school year nears its end, some Berkeley High School students are returning to campus for in-person learning. The new schedule, which officially began April 24, moved the distance learning school day earlier: it now spans from 8:55 AM to 12:15 PM, and gives students optional time to return to in-person school

BUSD School Board Discusses Graduation, Teacher Healthcare, and Bridge Program


On Wednesday, May 5, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board met to discuss a variety of subjects, including the Berkeley High School Bridge Program, teachers’ healthcare costs, climate change, graduation plans, and the departure of Associate Superintendent Bajé Thiara.

At the Emeryville Center of Community Life, students in Bay Oaks, a program of the East Bay United Soccer Club, practice soccer.

BHS Forces Soccer Players to Choose Between School and Club


For student athletes at Berkeley High School, the past year has been a roller coaster. As fall and winter sports were cancelled or postponed, players faced uncertainty and disappointment.

BHS Administration Must Improve Communication on Hybrid Learning


The pandemic has exacerbated issues of transparency at Berkeley High School, and the communication surrounding the hybrid learning plan illustrates this problem.

BUSD School Board and Parents Reckon With Reopening


On April 14, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board met to discuss a range of issues, including on-campus learning at Berkeley’s elementary and middle schools, as well as the ongoing reopening process at Berkeley High School.

School Board Meeting Covers Reopening Plans, Anti-Asian Violence


The March 24 Berkeley Unified School District school board meeting included conversations about school reopening in the fall, possible reopenings later this school year, and the spike in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that has been observed over the past months.

At Ruth Acty Elementary School, teachers have spent the first days of in-person teaching introducing students back into class and ensuring that COVID-19 precautions are followed.

BUSD Kindergarten Through Second Graders Return to In-Person School


On Monday, March 29, the majority of Berkeley Unified School District elementary schoolers in transitional kindergarten through second grade returned to full-time, in-person school.

BUSD parent Mara Kolesas, a leader of the movement to reopen Berkeley schools.

Differing Opinions Abound Within Opposite Sides of Reopening Controversy


After months of back and forth, the Berkeley Unified School District announced it had reached a tentative agreement with the Berkeley Federation of Teachers for a hybrid reopening of all schools, grades K-12, on February 17.

The Teacher’s Union: Balancing Urgency and Uncertainty During the Pandemic


In early 2020, The Berkeley Federation of Teachers was coming off of a year and a half of negotiations for the 2019-21 teacher’s contract agreement.

One local vaccine site is the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where eligible teens and adults can be vaccinated.

Who Are The Teens Who Have Been Vaccinated?


“After getting the vaccine, I felt really excited that something that I had been so scared of for a year was finally coming to an end,” reflected Eva Bradman, a Berkeley High School senior in Academic Choice.  Bradman’s sentiments are shared by many who have received the vaccine, as over 13.5 percent of

On April 11, the first group of ninth graders will return to Berkeley High School after over a year of distance learning for BUSD students.

Hybrid Learning Plan Released


Hybrid learning plans have been a major subject of discussion since Berkeley Unified School District’s announcement that schools would return to hybrid instruction this spring, once teachers are vaccinated.

Led by Tali Bojdak-Yates, a group of BHS track and cross country athletes run in the 1600 meter race. To prevent contact between competing schools, the March 17 meet was adjusted so the teams ran in their own heat.

Track and Cross Country Return to Competition


The COVID-19 pandemic, needless to say, has had a large impact on sporting events at Berkeley High School. Fortunately, sports teams are slowly progressing into competition, one example of this being the BHS track and cross country team.