Poor air quality, dwindling school supplies prompt closure of Berkeley school district’s Ed Hub

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The Ed Hub was formed from a partnership between Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, first distributing school supplies for distance learning in April.

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The Ed Hub, a site for distributing teaching and learning resources, will be closed Monday due to low school supplies and poor air quality, according to a Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, press release.

The Ed Hub was formed from a partnership between BUSD and the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, first distributing school supplies for distance learning in April. A decreasing supply of Chromebooks and other supplies coupled with an air quality index score that is “unhealthy” prompted the Ed Hub to close Friday, according to the press release.

Normally open Monday and Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Ed Hub will likely be open Wednesday if air quality improves, according to the press release. 

The district ran out of Wi-Fi hot spots but anticipates it will have more later next week, the press release adds. 

Resupplying Chromebooks is proving to be more challenging, according to the press release. BUSD asks that those who have borrowed Chromebooks and are now able to purchase their own return their Chromebooks for other families in need.

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Maxine Mouly is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @moulymaxine.