Last Monday, the same day Zoom, the online virtual conferencing site so critical to life during the pandemic, was briefly knocked offline, a so-called “Zoombomber” invaded a distance-learning classroom in San Leandro, spouting profanities and displaying lewd images, the San Leandro Unified School District said. The school district is investigating whether the incident was caused by students or others. Zoombombers have successfully interrupted classroom instruction in other East Bay school districts during the pandemic, including Berkeley High School earlier this year.
Candidates in Alameda’s crowded at-large school board race missed a chance at gaining the endorsement of the island’s Democratic Party club on Wednesday. Eight candidates are vying for three seats on the school board in Alameda. Perhaps because of the large field, the City of Alameda Democratic Club was unable to endorse any of the candidates following a lengthy endorsement forum on Wednesday night. To gain the club’s endorsement, a candidate is required to receive at least 60 percent of the club’s voting members. None were successful. However, earlier this week, Verna Castro, an education program administrator, received official support from Alameda Assemblymember Rob Bonta.
Thirteen schools in the Fremont Unified School District were threatened with bomb threats on Thursday morning, Fremont Police tweeted. School district officials were on high-alert, but Fremont police added they did not believe the threats were credible. Because of distance-learning protocols, Fremont students, like others in the East Bay, were not in the classroom.