COVID-19 Re-Opening Schools
The start of Hybrid in Person Learning is delayed by Alameda County and we will let you know as soon as there is more information
Kindergarten In-person Orientations are delayed until we have a new start date
Updated class assignments will move forward on November 30th for K-2 and December 7 for grades 3-5.
Keeping with our new assignments will allow us to transition quickly when we have a new timeline for a K-5 reopening.
Staffing adjustments were finalized for our planned return to in-person/hybrid learning. The impact is that we must move forward with new assignments.
Transitional kindergarten started with great success and small groups of special education students are continuing to meet in person at this time under the county's small group cohort guidance.
The success of our reopening and maintaining our schools open depends on all of us!
Q. Will PUSD require testing?
A. Yes, for staff. PUSD is entering into a contract with a provider for testing of 50% of the employees every two weeks on a rolling basis. For students and families, PUSD does not require testing, but does recommend it every two weeks for all students attending school in person.
Q. Where can I get tested?
A. We have highlighted free local COVID-19 testing sites as well as those requiring insurance: Community Testing Locations. The list also includes at home testing options.
If you have a health care provider, call or make an appointment online with them first. Most providers are able to provide tests quickly. Under the “Testing Sites Requiring Insurance”, we have only listed testing sites recommended by fellow parents. If your regular provider isn’t listed, check with your normal provider first about testing. Under “Free Testing”, we highlighted those testing sites listed on Alameda County and City of Berkeley websites. You do not need a physician’s referral or insurance to obtain a test at these locations. Many free testing sites will ask if you have insurance in order to bill your insurance company.
Note that there are many other testing sites not listed. Use this map to find a comprehensive list of every location providing COVID testing in the area: Find testing sites closeby. Many pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, and Safeway provide COVID testing.
Q. What kind of test should I get?
There are two kinds of COVID tests: Diagnostic and Antibody.
Diagnostic includes Molecular (aka Viral, NAAT, PCR) and Antigen (aka Rapid Test) tests, which test whether an individual currently has the COVID-19 virus. Molecular/PCR tests are considered the most accurate and “gold standard” for diagnosing recent infection. If you have COVID symptoms and you get back a negative Antigen/Rapid test, you need a Molecular/PCR test to confirm your diagnosis.
The Antibody test indicates if your immune system has produced antibodies to COVID-19 from a previous COVID-19 virus infection. The test requires a blood sample and you must wait at least 14 days after the start of symptoms to take an antibody test. We have highlighted testing sites for Diagnostic tests only and have noted if they also provide the Antibody test.