Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

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.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

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.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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School COVID Safety Information for Families

COVID-19 School Safety Information for Families

Many Berkeley children are back in school for in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year. Berkeley Public Health is working closely with Berkeley schools to promote safe and successful in-school learning.

The information on this page is meant to help inform parents and guardians about school safety during COVID-19 and to direct them to useful resources.


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Berkeley Public Health supports safe in-person learning

Research demonstrates that schools can safely open for the 2021-22 school year. The City of Berkeley is committed to supporting safe and successful in-person instruction at all Berkeley schools.

Berkeley Public Health requires that each school designate two COVID-19 Liaisons. School COVID Liaisons help inform and guide the school community on matters related to COVID-19. The Liaisons also are responsible for tracking and responding to suspected and confirmed COVID cases and exposures. For questions about procedures at your child's school, contact your school's COVID-19 Liaisons.

A dedicated team from the City works closely with schools on their COVID-19 response. Berkeley Public Health provides schools with ongoing training, technical assistance and tools, including:

  • informational sessions for school COVID Liaisons and stakeholders to learn about COVID-19, receive policy updates, and strengthen their schools’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to symptoms, cases and exposures
  • a COVID-19 Toolkit with reporting instructions, reference information, and templates
  • school site visits to provide technical assistance
  • consultation and support to schools upon request

Layers of COVID-19 safety

No single intervention can fully prevent COVID-19. By layering multiple safety measures, Berkeley schools and families can help maximize in-school learning and minimize missed school days.

The most important safety tools to protect against COVID-19 are:

Vaccines are an essential strategy for keeping schools safe.Vaccinations are free and available to all eligible students (age 12 and older), school staff and family members throughout the City of Berkeley. 

Keeping children home from school when they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms is an important way that parents and guardians can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that schools follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for staying home when sick and getting tested.  

Information on COVID-19 school safety

Updated state reopening guidance lays out California's COVID-19 safety requirements and recommendations for in-person instruction during the 2021-22 school year.  The California Safe Schools for All Hub has a Safe Schools Parent Page (English | Spanish), which includes:

  • scientific research supporting safe in-person instruction
  • information on COVID-19 testing and vaccinations
  • guidance from school health experts, responses to frequently asked questions, and other tools and resources to help keep students and staff safe at school.

Parent Handouts for Common COVID Scenarios

Berkeley Public Health created handouts for parents and guardians to help navigate the most common situations involving children and COVID-19:

More Resources 

Last updated October 7, 2021

Questions? Contact covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

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