Oakland school, college closures due to Coronavirus

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Officials have closed most local schools, colleges, and universities amid concerns of the coronavirus. Oakland Voices has compiled a list of local schools and colleges impacted. 

Oakland Unified School District

Oakland public schools announced that schools would close for three weeks. Schools will reopen after spring break ends, April 5. AC Transit announced it will cancel its school trippers, routes going to K-12 schools.

Students can still get “grab and go” meals.  On Monday and Thursday from 8 am to Noon, any child under 18 can get food or “grab and go” and are advised to bring grocery bags or coolers to take food home. Locations:

  • Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School and Hoover Elementary
  • Central Oakland: Oakland High School and Garfield Elementary
  • East Oakland: Bret Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School and Elmhurst United Middle School

Officials said there are no confirmed cases of students or staff with COVID-19. 

Peralta Community College District

Peralta Colleges announced the closure of its four colleges with spring break being March 16-21. Laney and Merritt Colleges are in Oakland. . Employees told to work remotely. State officials have also suspended all community college inter-collegiate sports. 

Officials did not state if there were known cases of COVID-19.

Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay, which has a downtown Oakland campus, cancelled classes on March 11 and online classes will start March 16. Cal State has asked students 65 years or older to stay home. 

Officials said there are no confirmed cases of students or staff with COVID-19.

UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley announced last Monday classes would be moved online through spring break, scheduled March 23-27, and later extended the period through the rest of the semester. Officials announced that a graduate student that lived off-campus outside of the City of Berkeley tested positive for COVID-19.

Mills College

Mills College cancelled classes on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16 and all classes will be online starting Tuesday, March 17 

Officials did not state if there were known cases of COVID-19.

Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University requested staff work to move classes online as soon as possible, and for staff to work remotely as early as today, but campus remains open. SMU trains registered nurses and other health care professionals. 

SMU officials said there are no known cases of COVID-19 on their campuses.

California College of Arts 

CCA suspended classes as of Thursday, March 12 through end of spring break, March 29.

Officials said there are no known cases of COVID-19 at CCA.

Where to get updates on COVID-19 in Oakland

As of Sunday, March 15, there were 335 confirmed cases in California. For more information, follow @OaklandVoices on Twitter and learn more at these websites: 

Alameda County Public Health Department

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Author Profile

Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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