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03:32 min | 1 year ago

"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

"For listening and supporting us during the first day of our fundraising drive. I'm Dave Freeman. You're listening to K Q E D Today, 30. Lie from NPR news. I'm Laxmi, saying the U. S vaccination drive is now putting more focus on inoculating young people. This week, the FDA meets to decide whether to grant Fizer emergency use authorization for 12 to 15 year olds. Advisers also seeking full approval. NPR's Allison Aubrey explains what that means. Full approval would give the vaccine makers three ability to market the vaccine directly to consumers, but also full approval could pave the way for more mandatory requirements. For instance, many hospitals health care institutions, they require their employees to get the flu shot. Every year. We could see that for covert vaccines, perhaps in the military or more schools may require it. NPR's Allison Aubrey reporting more covert safety limits are being lifted in Europe. NPR's frank Langfitt reports. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce the return to indoor dining and Fewer restrictions on gatherings in a week. The government will allow people in England to meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors, while six people or two households could meet indoors. Pubs, restaurants and movie theaters have set to reopen indoors. The government insists easing restrictions are unlikely to spark a resurgence in infections. More than half the UK population has received first vaccine dose infection rates are at their lowest level since September. 2020. Frank Langfitt reporting the Dow is up nearly 300 points since the Open. You're listening to NPR knees live from KQED News. I'm Brian what the Alameda City Council voted over the weekend to develop a pilot program that will provide alternatives to policing for mental health calls. By the end of June. This decision follows the death of Mario Gonzales 26 year old Oakland father who died after Alameda police officers held him face down on the ground for roughly five minutes. The city also committed to scrutinizing use of force incidents and body camera footage more and we'll explore creating a civilian police oversight board. In Berkeley, a group of parents is threatening legal action against the local school district, demanding that it immediately opened in person instruction toe all grades by next week. KQED Sarah Hussaini reports in the demand letter. More than 40 public school families with Berkeley parents for full reopening say that the Berkeley Unified School District must expand in person learning to middle and high school Children. Unless they continued to suffer when it comes to learning loss and mental health as a result of more than a year of distance learning. In addition, they want the school board to approve a full time in person plan for the next academic year by the end of the month. The group said it has hired a law firm and have asked the district to respond by Tuesday Be USD did not respond to a request for comment. I'm Sarah Hussaini KQED knows Cruise Ray knows of the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history has died. Reno's Oh played a prominent role in the movement to uplift the state's poorest workers and led efforts to ban the use of the carcinogenic pesticide DDT. He was 90 years old. This is KQED news. Support for NPR this morning comes from duck to go. Privacy company committed to making privacy online simple used by tens.

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"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

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04:22 min | 1 year ago

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"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

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05:59 min | 2 years ago

"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Children are suffering in the risk of schools being closed far outweigh the risk will being open there was from the other side of the thing. This is difficult. This isn't just difficulty. This is unscientific. And parents need to know if they want to see schools open that box. But I thank you both for that Call. Good to hear from you. I'm gonna go back to Brad Stevens again. Brad Stevens is superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District and Wanna find out your thoughts about teachers who have health concerns in terms of well the whole discussions that were going on about re opening breath. Yeah, I appreciate the question in the morning to you, Rainbow. It's nice to hear from you. You know, we've had a clear process here in Berkeley that conforms toc. The Americans with Disabilities Act tol accept requests from teachers and all members of our staff who have underlying health conditions that they could apply for a work from home accommodation. We have been going through that process now for many months on day have been through interactive conversations, with each individual employees agreeing to accommodation. That take into account these thieves special health circumstances. So in my mind, this is been a relatively clear cut aspect of working with individual employees and its distinct from these larger conversations about reopening thresholds for all teachers. And I'm gonna bring another caller on. Murray joins us next morning. Welcome Murray's from Oakland. Good morning. Yeah. It was banned by any means necessary and I just think it is not safe to reopen schools. Children can be asymptomatic and spreading covert in school and back home. There have been 530 teachers who died from Kobe's last year, according to the Washington Post. In California alone, there have been more than 350,000 Children that have tested positive for covered. According to the State Times and here in Berkeley, there have been several positive cases of covert at the Berkeley elementary schools that has reopened. There have been two positive cases that Malcolm X Elementary schools in Berkeley and the parents were not notified about this positive cases until after the Thanksgiving break. And there are sometimes that still don't know. I know that same home is hard, but no child will ever get over the trauma of knowing that they potentially were the one that was responsible of spreading covert and possibly killing a family member. And we can prevent that by keeping the school's closed. No compromising with this virus. It's not safe to re open just to re open the economy. It's We can't. We have to keep our Children our families and to just face and keeping the school closes the way to do that. Thank you for the call and appreciate your Passionate concerns and want to get another color on right away. And that's Rebecca and Windsor. Rebecca. Join us, Please. Good morning. Good morning. I'm halfway listening in halfway in the meeting, so I turned off the listening and I am calling. I am a parent of a 12 year old who has a genetic syndrome. She's severely handicapped, and she has not. It was just able to start getting services just because basically, I had to Threatened the school district with a lawsuit so she was just able to go back to school last week, but she's the only child at her school on D. I think there's a huge misconception. First of all I know people all over the country and all over the state whose Children special ed are getting served. It is and there and they haven't had, you know its schools have been serving vulnerable students basically all over the country and all over the state. Um I know many, many people who have Children with a syndrome just like person. Their kids have been Getting served, Um, definitely since the start of the school year. It's not last spring, and the misconception is that we're not allowed to serve anyone, but we have to be. You know this all or nothing Shut down. The governor said in August that vulnerable students could be seen that includes English learners, foster youth and special ed. And the students have not been receiving services and it's against the law. They are unable to get their I P goals met in distance learning, and it is an absolute travesty that our school district's are refusing to serve the students. It's causing major stress. Not only are these Children regressing socially and academically, but it is causing major stress on their families. Because there are absolutely no support in our society. We have been left out to dry and work and care for our Children, and it is an absolute travesty. Rebecca and serve them. We're just choosing not to. I've been reading a lot about what you've just raised with respected not like Children with disabilities, but homeless Children, English learners and so forth and I don't know if it's if it's really too hyperbolic to say so Many of them have been left out in the cold, and they're really regressing onboard, standing still not moving forward, and it's a terrible tragedy, and I Thank you. For that Call has a listener, Emily, who writes on the doctor. Since when her teachers not essential workers. Move them up in line to get the vaccination fit. Test him with proper and 95 masks. Get them. Facial test, Um, weekly and get them back into the classroom. There's another listener writes on the mental health therapist in the San Mateo County Public School, and I deeply appreciate the need for students to return to in person learning. I've had to initiate more hospitalizations for kids with suicidal ideation this school year than in the last five combined, but I don't want to put my family in my life at risk. I have an infant son who is immune, compromised and parents I take care of who are 75 plus Of cancer survivors, even if I get vaccinated, the fear Of transmitting something.

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"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

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07:17 min | 2 years ago

"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

"We're talking about reopening schools for in person Learning with Meghan Bochy Gloopy of Open schools California Susan Solomon in the United Educators of San Francisco and When Stevens, who was superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District, and Brent wanted to ask you but re opening discussions. They're gonna be options for parents who don't want to send their kids back to school to continue to do remote learning. There will be Michael. In fact, that is a requirement right now that the state has asked of all school districts in California that there be a meaningful option available to families that would not choose to return to schools, and it's part of what makes this reopening discussion complex. We don't have an expanded number of teachers to be able to serve into modes simultaneously. So everything that we do, sir has to account both for the rules imposed by county health officials and for the desires of our community, some of whom will Stay home. I do want to say I think that there's a you know a trajectory here that we can follow that is sticking to the county health guidelines about reopening thresholds and using the availability of the vaccine. Hopefully, in the coming 4 to 6 weeks to really unlock this conversation about school reopening, I agree with the folks who have said that vaccines really do offer an added level of protection and with that level of protection, it feels very reasonable that we could move in that period of time. 4 to 6. Weeks towards at least a reopening or an option to come back to school for elementary families go back to you, Susan Zelman about reopening. I mean, it's gonna have to be negotiated via collective bargaining. And there's some who say that case rates would be Really the best criterion. I'm wondering what would be the reaction of the union or unions in your judgment. If we saw one size fits all if we saw a mandate simply to open the schools. I think that could be very harmful on you know, I do want to pause for a moment and say We very much recognized how extraordinarily this difficulty. This is. For families and for students. You know, we have to keep in mind that many people who work in schools also have Children. And they are seeing their Children have Ah struggle, but we're also seeing Over 400,000 deaths in the country, and it's a difficult difficult time on do we continue? What we are seeing is an exacerbation of years of under re sourcing of California schools. And it has just been made worse. So I don't know that one size fits all would work. I mean, you gave a very good example Michael of how different it is in Marin. Where schools are funded at a much higher level than here in San Francisco, so not quite sure what a one size fits all would look like, but we also need to keep in mind many factors. Um, that are that impact us because we are a nerve in community with people who are living in dyers. Low income situations. There's food scarcity. There's a fear. Ah, very real fear of evictions if we don't get an extension of the eviction protection by the end of this month. And similar to what a parent said The last parent who spoke the parents surveyed that was done in San Francisco, indicated a low percentage of black and brown families relative to other families who want to Who feel safe, sending their kids back. Also Asian American families as well, a very low percentage because of the concerns, that means we do have to all work together to figure out if we can't bring all students back right now. What can we do better? How can we be creative working together? To address the social emotional needs. In addition to the academic needs to students, and we, as mentioned earlier, we do have educators who are reaching out to families. Not just during work time, but on their own time to figure out how to assist them more. And since you were talking again about really the Monetary gap between some schools and other schools. Gonna read an email from ELISA, who writes, Why have private schools been able to stay open during these outbreaks? Despite increased transmission rates in the community, why of our communities decided is acceptable. Now the two tiered system where wealthier families get to send their kids to school, But public school students must remain at home. The Bay Area seems to be promoting the idea of buying access and services, including in education. Make a bunch of opium go back to you with email from a listening will Who says Well, I understand the burden of school closure on parents and Children as the spouse of the master educator. I cannot support reopening when safety equipment and protocols air inconsistently applied an available I'm especially concerned that opening With more virulent mutations of the virus. Invading us is ill advised Those who two arguments that I think are salient. I'd like your response, Meghan. I mean not only the lack of PPE and equipment, it's necessary but also These variants that we've seen now. No. You know, I mean, I'm not a physician or a public health expert. So I'll leave that for others to discuss about the new variant. What I can say about you know, safety and pee pee again. I mean, I talked about this here in Oakland, where I'm focused, but you know, Brent could talk about what's happening in his district. I mean, are you know our district has peopie at every school in a warehouse filled with enough for the remainder of the year? I mean, at least that's what they say on their dashboard, And you know that That's the tip of the iceberg in terms of safety, But again, we keep hearing these calls for, you know, from people who resistant to go back or unions that it's you know that these measures are in place, and they are Because public health experts have said they must be and the district's have listened. You know, the other thing I will say is, you know you, Michael, you mentioned Marin County is not totally analogous. And now this to Oakland, and I agree, however, you know, we have district's in New York City in Providence, Rhode Island that are open. They have been open. So it does seem to be its political well and its leadership. That is the difference here and opening schools. You know, the governor of Rhode Island. You know, made that a priority to have schools open. And of course, the situation in New York City is different with the you know, Mayor having more control But again, it was a priority to get the kids in school and to get them back quickly. When they even close them. You know, some of those communities have had worse pandemic. Impacts than ours here in the Bay Area, And so I think you know it does again. It comes down to this issue of leadership were in an extraordinary moment, and it's demanding extraordinary leadership. I'm gonna bring another caller on here. Rainbow joins us next from Berkeley. Good morning. Good morning. All so much for everybody's hard working this. I'm very divided issue. I'm a public health scientists and the mother of a B U S. T a kindergartner and I'm just shocked at the lack of evidence based action and our community. Here we are, with UC Berkeley being a physic leader in the world and arson, the public Health department with clear guidance on how to open safely We just need masks and air filters and rooms and some.

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"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

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05:30 min | 2 years ago

"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

"And thank you. This is for my Michael Krasny. We're talking about reopening schools for In person Learning brand. Stevens is with us who pretended to Berkeley Unified School District Susan Solomon, also with US president of the United Educators of San Francisco, and making a bunch of gloopy, who is apparent of a couple of Oakland elementary school Children and part of the parent group. Open schools. California, which advocates for advocates use me for the safe re opening of schools and Listener named Scott sends this email asking, Why is it that many states have had schools We opened for months, even during large community outbreaks like our current one in California and state Open without experiencing outbreaks were seeing infections rise at the school among students or staff and Meghan Bunch of loopy, I imagine That's a question your group is asking. Certainly, I mean, I touched on this, but, you know, I think if you look across the country districts that are open and those that are not, it comes down more to a political climate than it does to covet rates. You know, they're certainly districts across the country which you know currently of higher rates, you know that we do here in the Bay area, which thankfully, Are decreasing by the day, which is I think good news. We should all applaud. But you know this can this can be done safely, You know? Certainly, I think Susan psalm and spoke to the need, you know, beyond vaccines for other mitigation efforts. I mean, you know, we keep hearing that's if you know, specifically here in Oakland. I actually check this morning. Our district has a dashboard, which shows where they are in terms of all the pee pee and other requirements with over half of things are 100%. There are at least a more they're above 90. I mean, most of the most of the needs regarding safety are completed on Do you know it just it feels to us like the goalpost keep shifting, And I think that's why it's been so frustrating for parents. And likely probably for leaders and some of these district's who are putting forth you know, massive efforts and expense to meet, you know, mitigation needs, which public health officials say are required, which, of course we support, But then you know, at what point is sort of enough enough, we 100% support teachers being vaccinated now as quickly as they can be, But if that's not enough, like, what's next? You know, I think we need to be guided by public health. You know, G noble, who heads the UCSF Covert response, you know, pending op Ed last week with 30 physicians here, saying the school should reopen February 1st that it could be done safely. I think those are the types of individuals we need to be listening to here. All right, Well, I want to hear from another individual who sees things very differently than you do. And that's John Jones was apparent of a kindergartener in the Oakland public school system and John Jones. Welcome to the program. Good to have you with us. Thank you. Welcome. Good morning, Happy New Year to everybody. Well, happy New year to you, too. Why? I want to find out why you are reluctant to heavier kindergartner back in school and why you want the schools to pretty much stay safe in any way possible and not re open. Yes, And just for a few key reasons. The first starts with we live in the soap within my six year old Chan School in East Oakland, which has been hit just proportionally hard by the virus. And upon human news that there is research indicating that there is a new strain in the state of California. I just think right now is not the time to reopen schools and long story short. We have a few more months left of school, so it's just important to do everything correctly, do it the right way. And most importantly, make sure that everyone is safe. And yet at the same time, there are schools that are open. And they seem to be doing OK in terms of lower transmission rates, particularly when they're put up against the transmission rates in the community and all those kinds of things and Some of these states, I might add. In fact, more red states are have been open for quite a while, and the transmission rates have not necessarily gone up that much. Yes, that's actually true. In fact, to that point of also read various reports that showed not just in America but across the planet places that did reopen schools, And then there were higher transmission rates, which required them to close it down. So at this point at this stage at where we all are at, I just think it's just so important to stay the course. And John do your friends and family feels the same way you do is their debate in the community over there in East Oakland. With my family members? No, I have many relatives who have kids to school. And our primary concern is the safety of not just our Children, but are spending family members as well. Well, I appreciate your being with us, and I thank you for joining us. And again. That's John Jones, whose parent of a kindergartener in the Oakland public School system and again we do want to hear from you. In fact, a lot of people are lining up here. You can join us not only by phone told free at 866733. 6786. You can also get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook. Where at KQED form or email us for him at kqed dot org's Let me read an email from Jennifer, who writes, We know that the social and emotional piece of learning is essential for proper childhood and adolescent development. Why can't some activities like sports and clubs be resumed and socially distance ways? For example? Pools and tennis courts and Berkeley remain open like it. The Berkeley swim Club in the Claremont Hotel. Why can't tennis and swim teams be resumed? Let me go to you on that question If I may bring Stevens Sure I'd be happy to talk about that. We currently have permission. Tonto Age in those kinds of activities here in Berkeley..

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05:49 min | 2 years ago

"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

"The teachers up to the front of the line would not be enough really, to reopen as far as the unions were concerned, and maybe I got to get you on record on that. Absolutely so it's vaccines or certainly a major step forward. But they aren't everything we have, as our unions and San Francisco have consulted with doctors from UCSF. Who are very clear, as are others that we don't drop all of the other necessary precautions because there is a vaccine. We still need all of the things that we've needed all along adequate PPE, social distancing surveillance testing of students and staff. Rapid testing for symptoms, people who are exhibiting symptoms of covert and an adequate ventilation. Those things don't go away because there's a vaccination of the vaccination is an important additional layer of protection. So when would unions Ba satisfied with lower covered rates? Or how do they want? How do you quantify that? I'm asking because, as I'm sure you're well aware there have been studies that have been done. And there's a lot of controversy over these studies, but in places like North Carolina On Texas, where they have been low transmission rates and where, essentially, there's been well at least at this point, Reopening schools with few outbreaks in lower transmission. That zoo least according to many health experts, in many different counties and throughout the country. So I I will. Say what I said earlier. We lower transmission rates does actually lower transmission rates of the community at large, Really this to specify what I'm talking about here. So, yes. Lower transmission rates in the community. A large would help greatly in opening schools, because because people because cove it is so contagious and we're seeing variants that indicate that it is more contagious. It means that that it can travel from school to the community and from the community to schools. That is why we have an emphasis on lowered community spread. And even though we see a trend right now, that is promising. We're still in the purple tear. Susan, Forgive me. There are schools that have re opened that have fewer outbreaks and lower transmission rates than the community at large, perhaps a better example that would be in Sweden, which is often cited along those lines, but Right now we have studies have seemed to indicate that in many people point to that is something that really needs to be taken under advisement in a profound way. Would still need to say that all the safety precautions, protocols and practices and sufficient equipment need to be in place. We're talking about reopening schools for in person learning with Susan Solomon, President, United Educators of San Francisco and When Stevens, whose superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District Gonna go toe making bunch of gloopy who's a parent of a couple of Oakland Elementary School Children, part of the parent group Open Schools California, which advocates for safe re opening. It must get you Meghan about yoga Lupien, many who feel the way you do exercise than concern about the fact that not only Are other schools open and wealthier areas that Oakland I'm talking particularly about places like Palo Alto and Marin County, but not necessarily being able to understand why. Schools in your community aren't open. Yes, certainly. I mean what I'll say to I'll just kind of explain. You know who who We are. Open schools, California and sort of how this advocacy effort grew, which is, which is what you're getting, too. Um You know, in my own community here in Oakland, you know we started, you know, speaking with the district and our leaders here about re opening back in the fall, when our covert rates were quite low, Other districts in the Bay Area and now across California have banded together to form open schools. We comprise over 20 districts and growing 10,000 families supporting our group across California. And we really believe I'm in school is essential. It's a fundamental right for Children and distance. Learning is not an adequate replacement for in person instruction. I think most parents are like myself. We got into this because of what's happening in our own homes. You know, I'll speak for my myself. I have two young kids of a kindergartener in a second grader. Both for which you know, lining virtually is incredibly challenging at best to maintain focus to stay engaged and be interested in school. I also my second grader has dyslexia and online learning prisons, You know, some pretty unique Challenging circumstances for him. He's already far behind in Reading doesn't qualify for any additional services. And so for me as a parent seeing what's happened the past nine months with my own Children, you know, got me engaged in this movement and involved and, you know, I think that's why you know all of us. His parents, as used as you mentioned were looking not just across the country. We look in Marin, We look on the peninsula. There are school district's in California who have done this meaning it is no longer an issue of whether it could be done. It's a It's an issue of a lack of political will here in California and in the Bay Area, all right. I want to thank you for that, Meghan and give listeners an opportunity waiting here. Are you a student? A parent or a teacher? We want to hear from you. Are you eager to have schools reopen and For that matter. You reluctant to return. Give us a call, and you can do that. Now, at our toll free number, the number to call is 8667336786 again. Join us toll free at 8667336786. You can also get in touch on Twitter and Facebook. Where at KQED Forum.

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06:20 min | 2 years ago

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"Many school districts say that financial incentive doesn't get them the support and guidance they need from the state to safely open. The teachers. Unions want to see lower covert rates before going back to the classroom. Meanwhile, students, teachers and parents are struggling with the many challenges of remote learning. What will it take to get schools? Reopening again joining us Brad Stevens, superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District. Good morning and welcome Thank you very much. Good morning. Good to have you with us. Also Want to say good morning to Susan Solomon, who joins us as well? She's president of United Educators of San Francisco. Welcome to the program. Thank you very much, Michael. Good to be here. Good to have you with us, and also good to have Megan Bunch of gloopy, who is apparent of to Oakland elementary schools. Children. Part of the parent group, also called Open Schools California, which advocates for safe re opening of schools and welcome to the program. Thank you, Michael. Good to have all of you and Brett Stephens. Let me begin with you. And let's begin by talking about the fact that your community and Berkeley really appears for all practical purposes after 300 days of being shut down to be very divided, divided on the science and divided on the consensus of re opening I think that that's an accurate assessment right now, Michael. There are a variety of viewpoints held by teachers and families about the wisdom of reopening in the timing of reopening. You know, there are a lot of shared goals. That's both from the board of Education, myself and parents that we need to reopen our schools. We recognize that it's better for our students and there were currently offering through distance learning is both exacerbating inequities, as you've noticed, noted earlier, but it's just not serving the community. Well, so we You know, appear to be at the beginning of the end. Right now we're waiting eagerly to learn more about vaccinations, which we think will likely be a key to a different kind of dialogue about reopening and hope very much that this next period of 6 to 8 weeks perhaps really makes a key difference and enables us at least to begin to reopen our elementary schools. Will that be perhaps better facilitated by the fact that Governor Newsome has put forward this well. Essentially it's $450 per student from state schools for all with grants to schools to allow them to do face to face learning by mid February. No, I'm not certain of the overall effect of that Grant program, the prerequisites for applying for the grant program, I think for Berkeley and most other district's are prohibitively high. They require both that we have signed memorandum of understanding with our unions prior to a buying A Zwelling, a fully operational student testing program, and neither one of those things I think is realistic in the roughly three weeks that the governor has permitted school district's to prepare for those prerequisites. Are you also Concerning some of this funding would be for covert testing, or that the state would not necessarily have funding as many field should for summer schools or creation of learning recovery programs of some sort, or actually. Money, more money for students with disabilities. I share those concerns, another being expressed up and down the state by superintendents and other advocacy groups right now that the costs will accrue to school district's independent of whether we can apply for the grant. Whether or not we make that particular February 1st deadline. We still need to have testing programs. We still need Summer school. We still need remedial opportunities for students on DSA. Those expenses are coming our way we continue to accrue them and a grant program. That sort of stipulates what I think is right now, and unreasonable timeline is likely not going to help in Berkeley, the cause for reopening schools. We're going to talk to Susan Selman in a moment with United educators of San Francisco, But a lot of people have been sort of asserting that the unions air really the big problem here. How do you see it? I don't take that particular view. It is true that agreements with labor unions are one really critical aspect of re opening. There have been dozens of prerequisites required of schools up and down the state. We do see that some district's have made faster progress than others here in the Bay Area, that progress has been slower. My view and the one that I've expressed with a lot of consistency to the community is that we must work in partnership with our labor unions. They are the folks who serve our students most closely. And they also bring legitimate concerns about safety and reopening conditions. It's also true just as a matter of pragmatics that we must have agreements in order to reopen and there really is no way forward except Tonto. Create these agreements, toe build sort of consensus across all of the parties, and that's ultimately what leads to reopening. I think finger pointing On accusations against any of our labor partners is really not constructive to this dialogue. And once again Grant Stevens is superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District. Susan Solomon is president of United Educators of San Francisco and Susan, without even acknowledging all the finger pointing. It's going to unions blaming teachers unions for not reopening, Just wondering what you say to the notion that one hears about Unions well, obviously concerned about teachers, but talking about not opening until you're in the low risk of the orange here for a couple weeks. That's not what health officials were saying needs to be required. That's true. That's not what the health officials are saying. But we know that in San Francisco as well as in surrounding counties, the families and communities who are hardest hit by Cove. It Namely black and Brown communities are seeing much higher rates of covert than the rest of neighborhoods and communities and we are emphasizing a lower community spread so that we can mitigate the effects of people being together who are in multigenerational households. Who are experiencing as I said, higher rates of coded. We want to make sure that safety is first for us, not just for our members and educators before our students and their families. Well, the teachers may indeed be moving up in the line in terms of vaccinations. And yet there are those who say, for example, is reading Jill Tucker in The Chronicle, and she was saying Movie..

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05:56 min | 2 years ago

"berkeley unified school district" Discussed on KQED Radio

"The risk of schools being closed far outweigh the risk. Well being open. There is from the other side of the thing. This is difficult. This isn't just difficulty. This is unscientific. And parents need just that. They want to see schools open that box. Thank you both for that Call. Good to hear from you. I'm gonna go back to Brad Stevens again. Brad Stevens is superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District and We'll find out your thoughts about teachers who have health concerns in terms of well the whole discussions that were going on about re opening breath. Yeah, I appreciate the question in the morning to you, Rainbow. It's nice to hear from you. You know, we've had a clear process here in Berkeley that conforms toc. The Americans with Disabilities Act tol accept requests from teachers and all members of our staff who have underlying health conditions that they could apply for a work from home accommodation. We have been going through that process, now for many months on day have been through interactive conversations with each individual employees agreeing to accommodations that take into account these thieves special health circumstances. So in my mind, this is been a relatively clear cut aspect of working with individual employees and its distinct from these larger conversations about reopening thresholds for all teachers. And I'm gonna bring another caller on. Murray joins us next morning. Welcome Murray's from Oakland. Good morning. It was banned by any means necessary and I just think it is not safe to reopen schools. Children can be asymptomatic and spreading covert and school and back home. There have been 530 teachers who died from Kobe's last year, according to the Washington Post. In California alone, there have been more than 350,000 Children that have tested positive for covered. According to the State Times and here in Berkeley, there have been several positive cases of covert at the Berkeley elementary schools that has reopened. There have been two positive cases that Malcolm X Elementary schools in Berkeley and the parents were not notified about this positive cases until after the Thanksgiving break. And there are sometimes that still don't know. I know that same home is hard, but no child will ever get over the trauma of knowing that they potentially were the one that was responsible of spreading covert and possibly killing a family member, And we can prevent that by keeping the school's closed. There's no compromising with this virus. It's not safe to re open just to re open the economy. It's Written. We have to keep our Children our families into just states and keeping the school closes the way to do that. Thank you for the call and appreciate your Passionate concerns and want to get another color on right away. And that's Rebecca and Windsor. Rebecca. Join us, Please. Good morning. Good morning. I'm halfway listening in halfway in the meeting, so I turned off the listening and I am calling. I am a parent of a 12 year old who has a genetic syndrome. She's severely handicapped, and she has not. Was just able to start getting services just because basically, I had to threaten the school district with a lawsuit so she was just able to go back to school last week, but she's the only child at her school. On D. I think there's a huge misconception. First of all, I know people all over the country and all over the state whose Children Special ed are getting served. It is And there and they haven't had you know its schools have been serving vulnerable students basically all over the country and all over the state. I know many, many people who have Children with a syndrome just like person. Their kids have been Getting served, Um, definitely since the start of the school year is not last spring, and the misconception is that we're not allowed to serve anyone, but we have to be. You know this all or nothing Shut down. The governor said in August that vulnerable students could be seen that includes English learners, foster youth and special ed. And the students have not been receiving services and it's against the law. They are unable to get their I P goals met in distance learning, and it is an absolute travesty that our school district's are refusing to serve the students. It's causing major stress. Not only are these Children regressing socially and academically, but it is causing major stress on their families. Because there are absolutely no support in our society. We have been left out to dry and work and care for our Children, and it is an absolute travesty. Rebecca understood to serve them. We're just choosing not to. I've been reading a lot about what you've just raised with respected not like Children with disabilities, but homeless Children, English learners and so forth, and, uh, I don't know if it's if it's really too hyperbolic to say so Many of them have been left out in the cold, and they're really regressing onboard, standing still and not moving forward, and it's a terrible tragedy. And I Thank you. For that Call has a listener, Emily, who writes on the doctor. Since when her teachers not essential workers. Move them up in line to get the vaccination fit. Test him with proper and 95 masks. Get them. Facial test, Um, weekly and get them back into the classroom. There's another listener who writes on the mental health therapist in a San Mateo County public school, and I deeply appreciate the need for students to return to in person learning. I've had to initiate more hospitalizations for kids with suicidal ideation this school year than in the last five combined, but I don't want to put my family in my life at risk. Have an infant son who is immune, compromised and parents. I take care of who are 75 plus both cancer survivors, even if I get vaccinated, the.

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05:29 min | 2 years ago

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"This is for my Michael Krasny. We're talking about reopening schools for in person Learning brand. Stevens is with us who pretended to Berkeley Unified School District. Susan Solomon, also with US president of the United Educators of San Francisco, and Making bunch of gloopy, whose apparent of a couple of Oakland elementary school Children and part of the parent group Open Schools California, which advocates for advocates use me for the safe re opening of schools and Listener named Scott sends this email asking, Why is it that many states have had schools We opened for months, even during large community outbreaks like our current one in California and stayed open without experiencing outbreaks were seeing infections rise at the school among students or staff and Meghan Bunch of loopy, I imagine That's a question your group is asking. Certainly, I mean, I touched on this, but, you know, I think if you look across the country, the district's that are open and those that are not it comes down more to a political climate than it does to covet rates. You know, they're certainly districts across the country which you know currently of higher rates, You know that we do here in the Bay area, which thankfully Are decreasing by the day, which is I think good news. We should all applaud. But you know this can this can be done safely, You know? Certainly. I think Susan Solomon spoke to the need, you know, beyond vaccines for other mitigation efforts. I mean, You know, we keep hearing this if you know specifically here in Oakland, I actually check this morning. You know, our district has a dashboard, which shows where they are, in terms of all the pee pee and other requirements. With over half of things are 100%. There are at least eight more They're above 90. I mean, most of the most of the needs regarding safety are completed on Do you know it just it feels to us like the goalpost keep shifting, And I think that's why it's been so frustrating for parents. And likely probably for leaders and some of these district's who are putting forth you know, massive efforts and expense to meet, you know, mitigation needs, which public health officials say are required, which, of course we support. But then, you know, at what point is sort of enough enough like we 100% support teachers being vaccinated now as quickly as they can be, But if that's not enough, like, what's next? You know, I think we need to be guided by public health, You know, Gee noble. Who heads the UCSF covert response. You know, panda not bad last week with 30 physicians here, saying the school should reopen February 1st that it could be done safely. I think those are the types of individuals we need to be listening to here. All right, Well, I want to hear from another individual who sees things very differently than you do. And that's John Jones was a parent of a kindergartener in the Oakland public school system and John Jones. Welcome to the program. Good to have you with us. Thank you. Welcome. Good morning, Happy New Year to everybody. Well, happy New year to you, too. Why? I want to find out why you are reluctant to heavier kindergartner back in school and why you want the schools to pretty much stay safe in any way possible and not re open. Yes, And just for a few key reasons. The first stars with we live in the soap within my six year old Chan School in East Oakland, which has been hit just proportionally hard by the virus. And upon human news that there is research indicates that there's a new strain in the state of California. I just think right now is not the time to reopen schools and long story short. We have a few more months left of school, so it's just important to do everything correctly, do it the right way. And most importantly, make sure that everyone is safe. And yet at the same time, there are schools that are open. And they seem to be doing OK in terms of lower transmission rates, particularly when they're put up against the transmission rates in the community and all those kinds of things and Some of these states might had. In fact, more red states are have been open for quite a while, and the transmission rates have not necessarily gone up that much. Yes, that's actually true, In fact, to that point of also read of various reports that showed not just in America but across the planet places that did reopen schools, And then there were higher transmission race, which required them to close it down. So at this point at this stage at where we all are at, I just think it's just so important to stay the course. And John do your friends and family feels the same way you do is their debate in the community over there in East Oakland. With my family members? No, I have many relatives who have kids in school and I primary concern is the safety of not just our Children, but are spending family members as well. Well, I appreciate your being with us, and I thank you for joining us. And again. That's John Jones, whose parent of a kindergartener in the Oakland public School system and again we do want to hear from you. In fact, a lot of people are lining up here. You can join us not only by phone toll free at 866733. 6786. You can also get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook. Where at KQED form or email US forum at KQED dot or let me read an email from Jennifer, who writes, We know that the social and emotional piece of learning is essential for proper childhood and adolescent development. Why can't some activities like sports and clubs be resumed and socially distanced ways, for example? Pools and tennis courts and Berkeley remain open like it. The Berkeley swim Club in the Claremont Hotel. Why can't tennis and swim teams be resumed? Let me go to you on that question If I may bring Stevens Sure I'd be happy to talk about that. We currently have permission. Tonto Age in those kinds of activities..

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