Amid growing public concern over the potential for an escalation of the standoff, students, parents and civil rights activists have joined forces in a call for the school to return to normalcy.
The students and their allies have urged the campus to resume classes Monday and continue to meet with administrators to discuss the possibility of returning to normal.
As of 8:00 p.m. on Friday, the Berkeley Unified School District was operating normally, spokeswoman Jennifer Reeder said.
“We want to do everything we can to help students and families return to their normal activities as soon as possible,” she said.
“We’re working closely with students and parents to provide them with information, and to coordinate with local law enforcement.”
Reeder said officials are aware of the heightened threat of a violent confrontation with the far-right group.
Earlier on Friday afternoon, the city of Berkeley said it would take over the campus until a “peaceful” situation is restored.
BPD said in a statement that it will be holding a community meeting at 5 p.t. on Monday, Feb. 2 to discuss what action it should take to return the campus back to normal for students, faculty and staff.
At that time, students and staff will be notified of their status and given the opportunity to ask for an extension.
The statement said the meeting is intended to “establish a safe environment for the community to work through their concerns about their safety, and hopefully to address their concerns.”
“As part of that process, we will be meeting with the community, allowing students and others to express their concerns directly,” the statement read.
On Friday, a group of students gathered outside the campus, chanting slogans, before being surrounded by police officers.
It’s unclear if any arrests were made.