THE ED HUB @ Berkeley Unified

A Partnership of BUSD & the Berkeley Public Schools Fund

The Ed Hub will be closed Nov 23-27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Starting Nov 29 our Winter Hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-5pm.

The Ed Hub is BUSD’s centralized distribution site for educational resources during COVID-19. The drive-through site (see directions below) allows for BUSD families to pull in, pick up essential learning supplies, and head back home while staying safely inside their car.  

We have Chromebooks and hotspots. Hotspots are for families that qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Chromebooks are always available at the Ed Hub for pick-up or exchange along with replacement cables and earbuds. Any BUSD family in need may pick-up a Chromebook. You do not need an appointment to check out or exchange a Chromebook at the Ed Hub.

If you can afford to provide a Chromebook to your student, doing so will help the District meet the needs of families who cannot. Chromebooks typically cost about $200-$225.
There are many good options. Here are models similar to the devices used in schools that are designed for education (meaning they can survive being dropped!)

  • Dell Inspiron 11 Chromebook
  • Acer Chromebook 11 C771-C4TM

Here are some internet resources for families that qualify as low-income:

You may also find answers to your question in the Tech Frequently Asked Questions & Troubleshooting document.

Having WiFi Problems? Try these videos on how to get the most out of your internet:

CNET Suggestions on getting the most out of your internet.

More tips for How to get the most out of your Wireless at home.

 

BOOK DRIVE Berkeley Schools Volunteers (BSV) is organizing a book drive at the Ed Hub.  BSV is accepting high quality books for elementary students in new or very gently used condition at the Ed Hub.

Book donations (please in paper bags only) will be received during normal Ed Hub hours. After a week-long quarantine, books will be sorted, leveled, and bagged by BUSD literacy coaches & librarians.

Books will be distributed at the Ed Hub to any family in need of books at home.

Open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30-5:30 pm. Starting Nov 29 our Winter Hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-5pm.

Students and families can come to the Ed Hub for:

  • Technology needs (Chromebooks, computer exchanges, power cables, earbuds, internet tools, or tech support)*
  • “Leveled” K-5 Books 
  • Spanish-speaking support for any of the above

Questions? Contact Valerie Kratzer, valeriekratzer@berkeley.net

Accessing the Ed Hub

The Ed Hub is located at the Berkeley Adult School (BAS) staff parking lot at the 1700 block of Curtis Street. Please note, you will be entering the staff parking lot on Curtis Street and exiting Francisco Street, see the map below. You can drive-thru and will not need to get out of your car. Delivery is available for families that can’t get to the Hub during scheduled hours.

The Ed Hub is organized by the Berkeley Public Schools Fund. It is staffed by BUSD staff and both English and Spanish-speaking Berkeley Schools Volunteers.

* Families may also call 510-644-8931 or email  chromebookhelp@berkeley.net 

Sign up to Work a Shift at the Ed Hub

The Ed Hub is a partnership between the BUSD and the Berkeley Public Schools Fund – the single, centralized distribution site for BUSD families to pick-up needed supplies: from school supplies and gardening kits to Chromebook exchanges and books. We need at least 4 volunteers (including 1 Spanish speaker) per shift to run the Ed Hub smoothly!  The Ed Hub will likely be up and running through the summer.

  • First join BSV here, if you haven’t already.
  • Then sign up for an Ed Hub shift here.