East Bay District Welcomes Back Students on First Day of 2021-22 School Year

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It’s the first day of school for thousands of students in the East Bay as the majority of Brentwood Union School District students are headed back to school in-person.

Nearly all of this district’s 9,000 elementary and middle school students returned to campus starting Wednesday. The district received a share of more than $5 billion in learning loss mitigation funding from the state.

With some parents already preparing to send their kids back to school and others less than a month away from the start of a new school year, new data is showing COVID-19 is infecting more children. Cierra Johnson reports.

"We spent our one-time money on extra counselors, intervention specialists, summer school jumpstart program and then intervention coordinators to make sure they’re meeting the need of every kid," district Superintendent Dana Eaton said.

Cries for help were reportedly heard in the area where an East Bay runner is believed to have gone missing Saturday, but searchers have yet to locate him. Robert Handa reports.

The state has required all schoolchildren to wear masks while indoor, though masks outdoors will be optional. And staff can go maskless if there are no students present.

Physical distancing will be required only while eating, not in classrooms.

The state also detailed screening and contact tracing resources for districts, along with quarantine requirements, particularly for unvaccinated children and staff.

The state also has a page dedicated to information for parents, from the aforementioned guidance to how to help your child if they’re struggling academically or socially and emotionally.

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