Middle School In-Person Learning April 12 – June 4
As a reminder, middle school will reopen for In-Person learning on Monday, April 12th (right after Spring Break). Students will attend two afternoons a week–either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday.
Middle School Family Town Halls
Town Halls provide more in-depth information about middle school schedules for both in-person and distance learning, reviewe health procedures for students and families who are choosing to return, and answered community questions.
For those unable to attend live, Town Hall meeting recordings will be available.
|Town Hall||Date||Link to Attend|
|Middle and High School, English||Tuesday, March 30, 6:00 – 7:00||View the Recording Here|
|Middle and High School, Spanish||Tuesday, March 30, 7:30 – 8:30||View the Recording Here|
|Middle and High School, Special Education||Thursday, April 1, 6:00 – 7:00||View the Recording Here|
|Middle and High School, Black /African-American Affinity||Thursday, April 1, 7:30 – 8:30||View the Recording Here|
In-Person Learning Schedules
In-person, supplemental classes will take place after morning distance learning classes, between 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. Half of a school’s in-person students will be in “Group A” and will attend their in-person classes at their school on Mondays and Tuesdays. The other half of the school’s in-person students will be in “Group B,” attending their in-person classes at their school on Thursdays and Fridays. Each class of in-person students will be a part of one small stable group of about 12-15 students.
Each of these afternoon sessions will consist of academic instruction and support, as well as enrichment activities – all led by teachers and school staff. Each middle school will design its own program based on student needs.
Each school will also offer an after-school program from 3:00 – 5:30pm.
|Distance Learning||9:00 – 11:50||Online Advisory
|In-Person Learning||1:00 – 3:00||A||A||B||B|
|After School Program||3:00 – 5:30||A||A||B||B|
We are working on options for a limited number of families who are in need of transportation, and we also anticipate that we will make available a full-day middle school program for a limited number of students identified by their school as needing additional support. We will also work to expand opportunities for some middle school students to attend afternoon classes for additional days each week starting on May 3.
Staff Training and Risk Mitigation Practices
To continue to keep students and staff safe as possible when we return to school, we have implemented the following:
- Arrival and dismissal times will be staggered to prevent the mixing of stable groups.
- Each family is required to complete the BUSD Daily Health Screener on days their student will be on campus to confirm their student is free from COVID symptoms.
- Students should remain at home if they are sick, have COVID symptoms or are a close contact of a COVID-19 case.
- Face coverings are required for all students at all times, except in cases of documented medical exemptions or when eating and driking.
- Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine procedures will be strictly enforced, and this could lead to disruption for individual students, classes, or even entire schools.
- All visitors to school campuses and classrooms are prohibited, except for a few limited volunteer roles.
All teachers returning to campus will participate in COVID safety training to fully understand the modifications to campus procedures and new protocols.
Classrooms will be set up in the following manner:
- Six feet of social distancing between all individuals.
- If needed, use of other spaces or adjustment to no less than four feet of spacing will be considered (BUSD will engage our labor partners about the newly revised guidelines that recommend no less than three feet of distancing.).
- Partitions will be provided upon request.
- Windows will be open whenever possible and HEPA air purifiers have been provided in all classrooms.
- All HVAC systems have been upgraded with MERV-13 filters.
Free School Meals
Most students will not be on their middle school campus for breakfast or lunch. Those that are will be offered a free Grab and Go breakfast when they come onto campus and a free lunch later in the day. Most days students will eat outside. Students who are on campus during lunch may also bring their own lunch.
Nutrition Services will continue to operate free Grab and Go meal distribution sites for Distance Learning students for the remainder of this school year. Distribution sites may be modified as students return to our schools. Any changes will be announced in advance.
For students engaged in In-Person Learning, all on-campus school supplies will be provided at their school site. School supplies will continue to be available at the Ed Hub for all middle school students.
Ed Hub Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 pm
Ed Hub Location: 1701 San Pablo Ave. (The Berkeley Adult School). Please enter on Curtis Street, between Virginia and Francisco Street.