Elementary School is Feeling Profound Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak, Leaving Most Families in Serious Need

OUSD PRESS RELEASE  Monday, March 30, 2020Contact: John SasakiCommunications Director [email protected] Oakland’s Esperanza Oakland, CA — The staff of Esperanza Elementary School in East Oakland has created a GoFundMe campaign for the families of their school because of the devastating impact of the coronavirus shelter in place order. Principal Cristina Segura says 75% of the families at…


The Oakland Education Week in Review: 3/23-3/29

Many looks at how schools and the systems are reacting to COVID 19, including meal distribution, some inspiring educator stories, and lots on the digital divide and the need to make sure kids are online. Also info on the the Prop 39 drama, enrollment process updates, and lots of ways you can help support families…


Digital Apartheid in the Age of COVID, Making the Right to Online Access for ALL Students a Reality

During segregation at least we had dilapidated schools, and the backs of buses to sit in.  For today’s digital second-class citizens, those families without access to the internet, they can’t even get into the digital schoolhouse door.  The digital divide for the unconnected is a cliff in the age of remote schooling.   Either you are…


The Latest Connecting with Kyla, looking at the COVID Crisis, Response, and Resources

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Dear OUSD Community, As you likely know, our school closure has been extended through at least May 1. Although we want nothing more than for our students to be reunited with their teachers and school staff, the well-being of our community is our top priority. As May 1 approaches, we will…


The Digital Divide, Parent Access and How We Can More than Survive During the COVID Crisis

By Director Jumoke Hinton-Hodge Oakland’s reality is that families are struggling to meet their basic needs and now carry the additional burden of trying to guide their children’s education. Oakland parents are ready to work on behalf of their children, but now the district must authentically understand what it means to address equity and create…