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Hayward Unified reverts to virtual learning due to staff shortages, Covid case rise

Bay Area school districts saw hundreds of Covid-19 cases and teacher absences their first week back after the holiday break, and one opted to switch to virtual learning for all of this week.

Hayward Unified, which enrolls about 22,000 students, announced Friday it would hold classes online Monday through Friday due to the surging omicron variant. Students will work independently on assignments they had already received, and the district distributed Chromebooks to students Monday. From Tuesday through Friday, they will have schedules similar to the previous week, with both live and asynchronous instruction.

The district will host some “learning hubs” at schools where limited numbers of students can get access the internet. The district will also provide “grab-and-go” meals each day.