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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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AS SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING, BPD ENCOURAGES DRIVERS, PARENTS, AND STUDENT TO “GO SAFELY”

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, July 28, 2021) - As students and staff return to schools for in-person instruction, the Berkeley Police Department reminds everyone to keep the safety of students in mind when traveling around schools.

This includes stopping for school buses. California law requires drivers to stop when a school bus is in front of them and extends its stop sign with flashing red lights. Drivers must remain stopped as long as the red lights are on. Drivers in both directions must stop on any two-lane road without a median or two-lane road with a center turn lane. 

“Please drive carefully in school zones,” Sergeant Frankel said. “Let’s help keep students safe to ensure as smooth a transition as possible back to in-person learning.” 

The Berkeley Police Department offers the following tips for drivers, parents and students: 

  • Walk on sidewalks and use marked crosswalks, preferably at stop signs or signals.
  • Watch for cars entering/backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces.
  • If you need to walk into the street to maintain social distancing, remember to look both ways for cars.
  • Always look left-right-left before crossing the street. Make sure cars see you. Continue scanning for cars when entering the crosswalk.
  • Do not listen to loud music or use a phone when crossing the street.
  • Drivers: slow-down in school zones. Anticipate more foot and car traffic around schools for drop-off and pick-ups.
  • Drivers should do their best to avoid blocking the crosswalk when making a right-hand turn.
  • Parents: Follow any school guidance related to dropping off or picking up students, as well as social distancing and face covering requirements.

 This message and funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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