THE ED HUB @ Berkeley Unified

A Partnership of BUSD & the Berkeley Public Schools Fund

Our hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3-5pm. We will be close July 1 and July 19-30 for vacation. 

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 will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 every day for Chromebook and hotspot returns. We will be closed July 1 and July 19-30 for vacation.

Summer School Students – If your student is participating in a Berkeley Public Schools summer program which requires the use of the Chromebook and/or hotspot, complete this online form to ensure that the devices are not automatically disabled. 

Hotspots should also be returned through any of the above methods unless it is being used for summer school.

Do you want lower-cost internet? Or discounts on computers?

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.

Learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information:  www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or  833-511-0311

In February 2021, we announced a new partnership between BUSD, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund, and local internet provider Sonic, to offer free fiber internet to all Berkeley Unified School District student households for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year (through July 1, 2021).

We are now pleased to announce that because of recently secured federal funding through the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), Sonic is able to extend this offer indefinitely to eligible households.

Who qualifies now?

All households with at least one Berkeley Unified School District student, that qualify for Sonic Fiber service, and are enrolled in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program may be eligible for the free Sonic Fiber Internet service (up to 1000Mbps).

Not sure if you qualify?

Visit getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/ to review eligibility requirements.

Once you’ve confirmed your household qualifies, here’s what to do next:

  1. Please apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit here: checklifeline.org/lifeline

  2. Call Sonic to finish your enrollment: 707-237-2461

If you are currently using Sonic’s free service, we ask that families complete these additional enrollment steps no later than June 11, 2021, to avoid disruption of current service.

 

More Information

Translation Service: Although Sonic is not able to directly support sales or customer service inquiries in multiple languages, the District will make its Language Line translation service available to Sonic for BUSD families. Please call 707-237-2461 for assistance.

Sonic Service: Sonic is the deal available to BUSD households. Sonic’s Gigabit Fiber service offers symmetric (download and upload) speeds of up to 1,000Mbps on a connection more reliable than previously supplied hotspot connectivity. We’re confident this will allow for an improved distance learning experience with fewer connection issues for students.

Helpful Tips: Please don’t cancel service with your current provider until your new service is installed. And check with your provider before canceling to avoid any unwanted cancellation fees.

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.

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.