Open Schools Convention
Time & Location
About the event
Students, parents, allies and supporters of the drive to Open Schools for live in-person instruction here in Berkeley, and across California, will gather to hear updates and organize for action.
Special attention will be paid to the public health crisis impacting teens across the Bay Area who are experiencing profound health impacts from nearly a year of isolation away from their schools, friends and teachers.
Because Berkeley has come out of the most restrictive tier of COVID, opening up restaurants, nail salons and tattoo parlors, but keeping schools shut, the spirit of this event is celebratory and intended to provide the relief of safe, masked, outdoor live community.
- A DJ, socially distanced dancing, art making, spoken word
- Education on the efforts to restore a safe return to middle and high school and how they can be their own advocates;
- Updates from elected officials including: Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley School Board members, Berkeley City Council and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and State Senator Nancy Skinner on progress in restoring school.
- Music making, dancing
- Speakers: School Board Member Laura Babbitt (other electeds who say yes)
- Youth voices
- Listening circles with adults facilitating and supporting youth leadership in action and advocacy
- Interview station where students can share their personal experience of distance learning.
- Experience wall, where students, parents and allies can share their experience in distance learning.
- Sign making, OpenSchools gear station
- Rally and walk around Berkeley High School
Nearly a year has gone by, and while many schools across California, the US and around the world have opened, Berkeley’s schools remain shut. This event provides an opportunity for the fast-growing community of Open School advocates and supporters to gather with a special emphasis on giving voice to the experience of teens.