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Back To School? What East Bay Public Schools Will Offer In the Fall

Wondering how we go back to school? This page will continue to get updated as more plans are announced for schools located in Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding cities. 

Can East Bay schools reopen for in-person learning? 

First, public health and safety guidelines must come from the state of California and the county in which the school is located. As long as both entities recommend re-opening of schools within the constraints of current safety modifications it is up to the individual district to propose how to meet those guidelines and deliver meaningful education to students. Then the school board will need to approve those plans.

Note: The phases of reopening in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have been paused as of this writing, however, school districts continue to plan for August start dates, whether or not in-person learning is possible.

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Beyond distance learning, other challenges schools must meet include two-way communication with families, PPE supplies, contact tracing plans, custodial needs, meal distribution plans, technology supplies, and transportation needs.


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Here’s where the {510} public school districts stand on re-opening (and how you can learn more):


Alameda Unified School District (AUSD)

Alameda Unified has asked each family to choose between Remote Learning and On-Site Learning. On-Site Learning will be four half-days, either morning or afternoon shifts, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays, with everyone learning from home on Wednesdays.

Remote option. Families who select Remote Learning are committing to that program for the entire school year. Remote Learning students have a teacher assigned as a “caseworker” but will do much of the work independently. The curriculum will follow an existing California-approved distance learning framework, which has not yet been selected. Priority for remote learning will be given to students who are or who live with someone who is vulnerable to COVID-19.

On-site option. Students will be in smaller classes for either a morning or afternoon session – 12 students for K-5, 17 for middle school, 18 for high school. Learn more about Alameda’s 20-21 school year plans >


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Albany Unified School District (AUSD)

Albany Unified has not yet announced any specific plans or milestones. Weekly notes and meeting agendas can be accessed through this page.

Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD)

Berkeley Unified will send families an opt-in form on July 8 through which they will chose Hybrid (two days per week onsite per student; remote learning three days per week) or Remote for their students. Selections are due on July 15. In an interview with Berkeleyside published July 7, the superintendent shared clarity on the current Shelter In Place order restricting us from onsite learning. We will have to get to the next phase of reopening to execute any of the in-person schedules being considered.

On July 13, Superintendent Stephens wrote, “At the Wednesday, July 15 School Board meeting I will be making the recommendation that we begin our school year in Distance Learning. I do so knowing that what we all really want is to have our students back in school, together.  As soon as it is possible to have students and staff safely return to school campuses, we will make that happen.”
Join the next board meeting at 7 pm using this Zoom link >

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD)

Fremont is posting weekly updates on this page.

Hayward Unified School District (HUSD)

HUSD is planning for a phased approach to bring students back to school. In Phase One, students will start instruction on a full distance learning model. In Phase Two, they will transition into a hybrid model of limited in-person instruction through a modified schedule, which includes some distance learning. Phase Two will provide families the option to continue on a full distance learning model if they so choose. Find more information on the website.

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)

Oakland Unified is currently surveying families and working through recommendations. Current changes on the table include some services in person and some offered remotely; a quarter system for secondary grades so that students take fewer courses at a time; rotations for elementary students that prioritize those with high needs.
Oakland parents can read executive summaries (with translations) on this Google Doc >

San Leandro Unified School District (SLUSD)

San Leandro will present a plan to their Board on July 14. There is a clear timeline on their website for San Leandro families >

San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLUSD)

San Lorenzo is using a Phase-In approach, beginning with 100% remote instruction when school begins, stated in a letter dated June 24, 2020.

Union City Schools (New Haven Unified School District)

Union City invites students to enroll in either Personalized Learning Academy, through which they will be assigned a teacher to support their entirely remote work, or Traditional School which will be either online, in-person, or a hybrid, depending on the COVID-19 situation as the first day of school approaches.

West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD)

El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond, Pinole, Hercules, San Pablo, El Sobrante

WCCUSD has a task force working toward a July 20 proposal submission deadline.
A town hall will be hosted on Zoom at 5.30 on July 10.

Not ready to think about school?

Here are local summer camps running in July > Summer camps in August > Online camps and classes >

See also: Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools, a pdf from the California Department of Education

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