Berkeley school district to continue distance learning in January until further notice

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The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education has determined that distance learning will continue to take place for the district’s schools until further notice. The decision follows the implementation of Alameda County’s current stay-at-home order, which will remain in place until at least Jan. 7.

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In light of Alameda County’s stay-at-home order, which is in effect until at least Jan. 7, the Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, Board of Education has decided to continue distance learning until further notice.

In a Dec. 18 message to the BUSD community, Superintendent Brent Stephens said because of the continual increase of COVID-19 transmission rates, the previous reopening date for the pre-K and transitional kindergarten through second grade program, Jan. 13, is “simply not possible to meet.” He added that all Alameda County public school districts face the same reality.

Although Stephens does not know when BUSD schools will reopen, negotiations with the district’s union partners are ongoing to ensure that when it is safe and legal to open, they will be ready.

“I continue to be very thankful to everyone in our BUSD community for your diligence in protecting the health of our community,” Stephens said in the message. “It is particularly hard to enter the holiday period, when we would ordinarily look forward to gathering with friends and family, under another Stay at Home order, but I know we are all determined to continue to do our part to slow the spread of the virus.”

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