- COVID Safety Plan
- Tips and Information for Returning to In-Person Learning
- School-Level Campus Reopening Information
- Student COVID-19 Testing
- School Reopening Readiness Dashboards
- Webinars and Town Halls
- Phased Reopening Target Dates
- COVID-19 Confirmed On-Site Case Dashboard
- Ways for Families to Reduce Risk
Covid Safety Plans (CSP)
Covid 19 School Guidance Checklist
COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)
BUSD COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan
BUSD Plan de Seguridad para la Reapertura Durante la COVID-19 de Prejardín de Infantes y Escuela Primaria
Tips and Information for Returning to In-Person Learning
School-Level Campus Reopening Information
BUSD is offering free student COVID-19 testing at all BUSD Pre-K through high school campuses for students whose parents/guardians indicate they would like to participate. We are encouraging all families to take part in student testing to help keep our students, staff, and teachers as safe as possible. BUSD has partnered with PMH Laboratory Inc to perform the testing. The District will have nurses on hand, in addition to the nurses provided by the testing agency, to collect samples with the mouth swab test.
Please see important information around the testing process and dates for each campus below.
Webinars, Town Halls, and Website Posts
Berkeley USD Covid Strategies Webinar – March 22, 2021
Facilities COVID-19 Mitigation Information Webinar – March 23, 2021
COVID-19 Confirmed On-Site Case Dashboard
BUSD will report all confirmed COVID-19 cases among personnel and students physically present at district schools and facilities during their infectious period for COVID-19.
Ways for Families to Reduce Risk
As students return to school campuses for in-person learning, it will be important to stay vigilant with behaviors that reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. That means following the guidance and best practices of public health officials. To that end, families are encouraged to view educational videos and review the Pre-K and Elementary School Campus Safety Plan with their students before they return to their school. The videos provide tips important safety behaviors and the plan details some of the ways school days will be different as students return.
FIVE KEY PRACTICES FOR REDUCING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
- Staff and students should stay home when they have symptoms of COVID-19 or when they have experienced a close contact with COVID-19
- Wear a face covering on the bus and when at school
- Practice social distancing
- Increase hand washing
- Take advantage of outside time, and ensure that classrooms are well ventilated with open windows and/or HEPA filters
Feel Sick? Stay Home
- Feel Sick? Stay Home, and Other COVID Risk Redution Strategies Video – English
- Te sientes enfermo? Quédate en casa, y Vídeo de Otras Estrategias de Seguridad COVID – Español
Wear a Face Covering
Phased Reopening Target Dates
November 9, 2020: Phase 1 Targeted Support Launched for 8-Student Cohorts – Elementary
- Cohorts of only 8 students, with strict bubble groups
- Cohorts selected through elementary COST team recommendations
- COVID Testing for staff volunteering for in-person work
- Family required to sign BUSD Family Agreement
- The program begins at Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Ruth Acty.
- Expansion will be based on staff availability
March 1, 2021 Extended Phase 1
The District launched an expansion of our Phase One reopening plans on March 1, 2021. In this phase teachers and staff are working on a voluntary basis with small groups of higher-need students. This Phase One expansion builds on our experience of the three elementary school cohort programs we have been running since November, as well as the growing number of students attending Monday through Friday sports programs at BHS.
Reopening for On-Campus Learning Timeline
If inventory levels allow our vaccination schedule to remain on track, we expect to be able to meet our reopening timeline. With spring break coming up, we ask that families and staff consider vacationing at home or locally to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and help allow our schools to successfully reopen.
Monday, March 29: Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and K-2
April 5-9: Spring Break
Monday, April 12: Grades 3-5; 6-8; U9 Berkeley High School students targeted for additional support; Berkeley Technology Academy/Berkeley Independent Study students return for two afternoons a week
Monday, April 19: Berkeley High School Students targeted for additional support in Grades 10-12 return for two afternoons a week
Monday, April 26: All Berkeley High School Students may return for two afternoons a week
School Reopening Readiness Dashboards
These School Reopening Readiness Dashboards will be updated weekly. BUSD has completed many important steps in the plan to phase in the reopening of our school campuses for in-person learning. This includes modifications to facilities, the procurement of ventilation and air filtration upgrades, acquisition of face coverings, and expanded staffing and contracted support for district health and safety work. These dashboards are intended as a transparent means for the community to track BUSD progress on these important activities. Note that the status and future completion dates are estimates and will be revised when indicated.
- Elementary School Reopening Readiness Dashboard
- Middle School Reopening Readiness Dashboard
- Berkeley High School (BHS) Reopening Readiness Dashboard
- Berkeley Technology Academy (BTA) Reopening Readiness Dashboard