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Science teachers in grades PK-12 are creating interactive experiences for students learning remotely through multimedia, simulations, recorded demos of lab experiments, and guest speakers.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the SF Board of Education shared that six school sites have been inspected by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and these facilities are ready for safe in-person learning.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has received a commitment for a $2 million community benefit gift from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. to support the development of a long-planned new school in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.
The San Francisco Board of Education voted 5-2 for an equity audit led by community leaders and to use the regular admissions process for SFUSD comprehensive high schools for future admissions to Lowell High School.
2/7/21 - SFUSD, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement on Health and Safety Standards for In-Person Learning
Per the tentative agreement, the unions and SFUSD agreed on baseline health and safety standards. This tentative agreement updates the district’s criteria, including new agreements for when it will begin in-person learning.
2/3/21 - Statements from SFUSD Superintendent Matthews and SF Board of Education President Lopez Regarding City’s Lawsuit Falsely Claiming SFUSD Has No Reopening Plan
Members of the San Francisco Board of Education will introduce a resolution at its Committee of the Whole meeting on February 2, 2021 regarding Lowell High School. The resolution calls for an equity audit led by community leaders and to use the regular admissions process that is used by other comprehensive high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).
1/27/21 - SF Board of Education Votes to Make Reparations to American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities
The resolution, “In Support of Reclaiming the American Indian/Alaskan Native Narrative,” was co-authored by Board Vice President Alison M. Collins and Commissioner Mark Sanchez.
The San Francisco Board of Education conducted a review of the 46 campuses that have been recommended by a volunteer panel to be considered for renaming and passed a resolution Tuesday to further the process for renaming those schools.
Starting with the general SF Board of Education meeting on January 26, 2021, the SF BOE will hear first from SFUSD students who wish to speak on any matter.
1/21/21 - SF Board President Gabriela López, SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews, and Lowell High School Principal Dacotah Swett Condemn Racist and Offensive Content on School’s Virtual Bulletin Board
Gabriela López, who served as vice president of the Board last year, was elected to serve as president in 2021. Alison M. Collins was elected to serve as vice president.
1/6/21 - Seven California Superintendents Send Letter to Governor Newsom Regarding 'Safe Schools for All' Plan
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews along with six other California superintendents today sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom in response to the “Safe Schools for All” plan.
Teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) are eligible to receive a free computer monitor to use as a second screen from nonprofit organization Two Screens for Teachers. During distance learning, the second screen would help teachers better manage work related to online instruction.
Four commissioners, including two who were first elected November 2020, have been sworn in to serve on the San Francisco Board of Education. Matt Alexander, Kevine Boggess, Jenny Lam, and Mark Sanchez took the oath of office on January 4, 2021.
12/29/20 - Mayor London Breed and Superintendent Matthews Announce Partnership to Provide Testing to Support School Site Reopening
SFUSD is working with the SF Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Latino Task Force (LTF) to support testing and site assessment. This testing support, which includes funding from the Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF), is part of how the City is continuing to work with the District to support staff and students in preparation for the return of in-person learning next year.
While there has been steady progress in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)’s work to prepare for a safe return to in-person learning during the pandemic, progress has been slower on actions and plans that are dependent on SFUSD completing bargaining with the labor organizations that represent district employees, and SFUSD will not begin its phased approach and reopen the first 12 schools to in-person instruction on January 25, 2021 as originally proposed.
12/15/20 - SFUSD and SFMOMA Partner to Create and Distribute 2,000 Visual Art Kits for Third to Fifth Graders at 13 Schools
Two thousand art supply kits with curriculum materials from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) were distributed to 13 elementary schools in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The supplies and materials will help 3rd to 5th graders at PITCH schools with distance learning for the visual arts and inspire a bit of at-home creativity.
12/14/20 - SFUSD’s Graduation Rate Rises to 87.3%
The California Department of Education (CDE) has released its 2019-20 Cohort Outcome Data, which includes graduation rates. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) cohort graduation rate improved from 84.4% in 2016-17 to 87.3% in 2019-20.
The San Francisco Board of Education approved a new, zone-based student assignment policy for elementary schools that supports the Board’s goals of diverse school enrollment, and predictable school assignment within reasonable geographic distance to where families reside.
As part of its plans to begin offering in-person learning to students enrolled in certain grades and programs at a set of schools, the San Francisco Unified School District SFUSD) has submitted a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), marking the first step in the process to obtain City approval before reopening school buildings to in-person instruction.
12/7/20 - SFUSD Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week
SFUSD celebrates Inclusive Schools Week December 7 to 11 with activities taking place during the week and sharing resources to be utilized all year round by teachers, families, and students.
12/1/20 - SFUSD Will Provide Free Meals for All Children in San Francisco Regardless of SFUSD Enrollment
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will begin offering free grab-and-go meals to all children 18 and younger in San Francisco beginning Thursday, December 3. Anyone under 18 may receive meals regardless of their SFUSD enrollment status.
11/23/20 - SFUSD Surveys High School Students
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is sharing a survey with high school students in order to learn more about their mindset and experience during distance learning.
The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution that formalizes the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)’s plans for gradually returning to in-person learning while recognizing a need to safely open school buildings on a rolling basis to attend to changing health and safety factors.
11/16/20 - Culinary Course at Marshall High Provides Hands-on Learning Experience with Take-Home Kits
A culinary course at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School has taken a creative approach to teaching cooking to students from a distance. The course is part of SFUSD’s Career Pathways program, a Career Technical Education and workforce development program.
11/11/20 - Mayor Breed and Superintendent Matthews Announce New Partnership to Assess School Facilities
The city of San Francisco will send Disaster Service Workers to support District staff with classroom assessments to prepare for school reopening.
SFUSD has reached an agreement that will provide access to screening testing services for the staff of the District’s public schools.
11/2/2020 - SFUSD to Hold PreK-12 Virtual Enrollment Fair
As the enrollment season kicks off for the 2021-2022 school year, the San Francisco Unified School District is holding a PreK-12 Virtual Enrollment Fair and –– for the first time ever –– families can apply online.
More than 4,300 fourth grade students across SFUSD have received a donated recorder that will enable the district’s entire 4th grade class to participate in general music classes at home.
10/28/20 - SF Board of Education Passes Resolution to Improve Inclusion and Equity in Collecting Student Data
In an effort to better reflect the diversity of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and capture the true identities of the student population, the District will revise its data collection systems to maintain more specific racial/ethnic, national origin, language and gender specific data.
As SFUSD continues to prepare for a gradual return to in-person learning, Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews shared a new dashboard to monitor progress on key indicators for school buildings to safely reopen to students.
10/21/20 - Board of Education Approves Lowell High School Admissions Change for Incoming Class of Fall 2021
The one-year admissions change is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of existing criteria used in previous years to admit students.
The San Francisco Board of Education approved the development of a K-12 Black Studies framework and curriculum, providing an opportunity for every SFUSD student to engage in Black Studies by school year 2022-2023.
10/16/20 - Statement from SF Board of Education President Mark Sanchez Regarding the School Names Advisory Committee and Reopening SF Public Schools to In-Person Instruction
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Francisco Board of Education will be holding discussions on and voting to change the admissions criteria of Lowell High School for one year (school year 2021-22).
Nearpod, the interactive, instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media to create engaging learning experiences, today announced its partnership with SFUSD.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 p.m., the Library’s fleet of bookmobiles will park at Jose Ortega Elementary School, Willie Brown Jr. Middle School and John O’Connell High School and at Treasure Island on Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. Patrons can drop-off Library materials and retrieve holds at each location.
10/2/20 - SFUSD, UC Berkeley Launch Research Project to Engage Youth Inquiry to Reduce Inequalities in Chronic Absenteeism
SFUSD and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have launched a joint research project to advance SFUSD’s equity goals by engaging youth-led inquiry to reduce inequalities in chronic absenteeism.
9/28/20 - SFUSD Offers Free Consultation Services to Early Education Families to Improve Distance Learning Experience
Shoestrings Children’s Center, an early intervention program in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), will begin offering consultation services to families of younger students this fall to help them improve their experience learning from home.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent and San Francisco Board of Education discussed the District’s planning process for a return to in-person instruction this week. The District has begun the fall semester with distance learning and is preparing to move into a hybrid model for small groups of priority students once science and data suggest it is safe to do so.
9/24/20 - SF Board of Education Updates Resolution Enhancing Equitable Services for Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Students
The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution that dedicates services and staff for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) students. Sāmoan students—with the highest academic disparities in the district of all Pacific Islander groups—will benefit from the creation of a PreK-14 pathway program that is rooted in Sāmoa Aganu’u indigenous values & practices. The NHPI resolution will also push the district to begin data collection for Pacific Islander groups that have not been counted in the district such as Tongans and Fijians.
9/14/20 - SFUSD’s Original Educational TV Show “SF Loves Learning” Returns for Season 2 on KTVU Plus
In partnership with KTVU, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is launching Season 2 of “SF Loves Learning,” an educational television show created entirely by San Francisco public school educators and partners especially for preschool-2nd grade students.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) continues to serve free and reduced-price meals in the 2020-2021 school year.
Many families indicated that health and safety are their top priority when it comes to fall learning.
8/7/20 - SFUSD & UESF Announce Tentative Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Distance Learning During the 2020-2021 School Year
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement in relation to distance learning for the upcoming school year.
8/4/20 - Eliminating the Digital Divide More Urgent than Ever as Schools Reopen with Distance Learning
Two weeks before the new school year gets underway with distance learning, Spark* SF Public Schools and the San Francisco Unified School District have received $10 million to help eliminate the digital divide for SF students in need. Long-time supporters of San Francisco’s public schools, Sara and Evan Williams have stepped up to narrow the gap in access to technology and support for students and families who are furthest from opportunity and most adversely impacted by the challenges posed by distance learning.
The San Francisco Board of Education approved a Fall Learning Plan for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), which outlines ways the district will provide distance learning while preparing for a gradual return.
7/21/20 - SFUSD’s Teacher Credential Program Incorporates Digital Instruction to Help New Educators Teach from a Distance
The 74 participants in this year’s cohort of Pathway to Teaching, a credentialing program run by SFUSD that allows teacher candidates to earn their teaching credential while getting paid to work as a teacher, are finishing their seven weeks of coursework and applied practice and are preparing to lead classroom instruction virtually when the 2020-21 school year begins in August.
After reviewing the best available evidence-based sources of guidance from health officials, and gathering input from staff, students, and families since last spring, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews recommended that the fall semester begin with distance learning and gradually phase in a staggered return once science and data suggest it’s safe to do so.
7/14/20 - Students Use Math, Engineering Concepts to Build Bridges Out of Popsicle Sticks in Summer Distance Learning Program
Students in the San Francisco Unified School District’s Black Star Rising 9th Grade STEM summer high school readiness and success program will engage in a virtual UCSF/Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) bridge-building contest this week to showcase their use of the math and engineering concepts they learned over the past five weeks.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) in partnership with Kinsa, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is giving free thermometers to San Francisco families in an effort to encourage families to monitor their health. The 8,800 thermometers were donated to SFUSD’s School Health Programs Department by San Francisco-based public health and technology company Kinsa, and will be distributed to families at the District’s 19 free meals distribution sites at a one-day event on Monday, June 29.
6/25/20 - SF Board of Education Passes Resolution in Support of November 2020 Public School Funding Ballot Measure
The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday in support of a measure on the upcoming November 2020 general election ballot that could help maintain salaries for educators in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The resolution was authored by Board President Mark Sanchez.
6/24/20 - SF Board of Education Passes Resolution to Focus on Safety While Minimizing Police Presence at Schools
In alignment with a national call for police reform, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday night in support of minimizing the presence of law enforcement on San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) school campuses and directed the Superintendent to work with the community to revise its district safety plan. The resolution, “In Support of Black Lives in SFUSD and the Abolition of Armed Law Enforcement in Schools #BlackLivesMatter #DefundThePolice #InvestInCommunities #BlackMindsMatter,” was authored by Commissioners Alison M. Collins and Jenny Lam, Board President Mark Sanchez, and Kevine Boggess of Coleman Advocates.
Two students at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, their teacher, and a teacher at Aptos Middle School have teamed up to create face shields with 3D printers for healthcare workers and potentially teachers once in-person teaching resumes. Students at Aptos Middle School have been creating ear-savers and “clean keys,” a 3D-printed multi-tool that can function as a stylus, bag hook, and door-opener in order to keep hands clean.
SFUSD graduating seniors Julian Jordan and Kyle Trefny of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts have produced an animated commencement address in honor of the class of 2020. The stop-motion short film, titled “Dear Class of 2020” speaks to the challenges the Class of 2020 has faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues a call to action to create a safer, kinder and more sustainable future.
As the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) heads into the final days of the 2019-20 school year, the San Francisco Board of Education received an update on the district’s three main priorities during this time
The San Francisco Unified School District and community broadcast service KALW, a pioneer in public broadcasting since 1941, are pleased to announce recent honors for work produced in its newsroom and through partnership with independent producers and podcasters in the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Unified School District is undertaking an ambitious plan to contact every one of its 54,000 students’ families to do a wellness check. Information will be recorded in the same form across all 119 PreK-12 schools so that the district can assess the needs of students and their families and better support families in coordination with service providers.
As part of the San Francisco Unified School District’s distance learning plan to support the continued education of each and every student, educators are finding new ways to provide the grade-specific English language development (ELD) support that students receive while school buildings are open.
Noting the San Francisco Unified School District’s commitment to equity and social justice and the diverse populations served by the City’s public schools, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution affirming support for the state of California’s Ethnic Studies curriculum model.
5/4/20 - SF Board of Education Adopts Resolution to Establish Safe Sleeping Site on SFUSD Property for Unsheltered People
In partnership with the City and County of San Francisco’s efforts to protect those experiencing homelessness from the spread of COVID-19, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to identify at least one District property to be used as a safe sleeping site.
4/30/30 - SFUSD Joins Urban Schools Coalition in Calls for Congress to Provide More Funding For Public School Systems in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
This week San Francisco Unified School District leadership joined with 62 other school districts to urge Congress to approve new funding for local school systems in the next coronavirus supplemental appropriations bill.
The SF Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a grading policy for all San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students for the time that school buildings are closed and distance learning takes place. For students in grades 6 through 12, teachers will assign “Credit / No Credit” for each course. A student who receives “No Credit” may receive “Credit” if the student completes the required work by the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester (earlier for graduating seniors).
4/24/20 - SFUSD Announces New Partnerships With Five Community- Based Organizations to Expand Access to Free Meals
Today the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) announced new partnerships with five community-based organizations (CBOs) to continue expanding access to free grab & go meals at additional sites throughout the City. SFUSD has provided over 500,000 free meals to children in San Francisco since closing school sites due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As part of its effort to reach all students, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is partnering with KTVU to provide an hour long television episode every weekday especially for preschool-2nd grade students in San Francisco, called “SF Loves Learning.” The show will provide access to academic and social emotional learning opportunities from SFUSD and partners for San Francisco’s youngest students, who have disproportionately less access to technology than older students.
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is officially launching teacher-led interactive distance learning for all PreK-12 students today. Teaching will include both digital and non-digital options for students to engage in learning at home as their circumstances allow. SFUSD continues to emphasize to families that it supports parents and guardians in prioritizing wellness and wellbeing for themselves and their children.
The San Francisco Unified School District has received and deployed dozens of in-kind donations to support students and families during extended school closures. Given its budget shortfall and millions in new unanticipated costs associated with serving students during school closures, SFUSD has been actively working with donors to support services to students, including providing students with meals and continuity of learning, during closures.
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) school sites will remain closed through the end of the school year (June 2, 2020). San Francisco is one of six Bay Area counties that is announcing extending school closures in consultation with public health officials across their respective counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco.
In preparation for providing all students with a comprehensive distance learning program by mid-April, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has already distributed over 5,200 devices to students in grades 3-12 who need access to technology to support continued learning at home while schools are closed.
Spark* SF Public Schools, a non-profit dedicated to building private partnerships in support of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), has received more than $4.2 million in the past two weeks to support San Francisco’s most vulnerable children and youth during temporary school closures.
SFUSD is extending temporary school closures through May 1, 2020. Please continue to shelter in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Today, SFUSD will open its first meal distribution sites so students may continue to access free meals while schools are closed. The district and SFUSD’s non-profit partner Spark* SF Public Schools are asking community members to make tax-deductible monetary contributions in support of the district’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
SFUSD will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, SFUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger at 8 pick-up sites across San Francisco. On Wednesday, March 18, SFUSD will add 6 more sites for a total of 14 pick-up locations.
SFUSD is closing Glen Park Elementary School immediately. Late Thursday afternoon SFUSD learned from the Department of Public Health that 7 students from Glen Park Elementary School have reported respiratory illness. DPH is investigating and testing these students for COVID-19.
SFUSD is closing schools to students for 3 weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of regularly scheduled spring break (which ends Friday, April 3). Staff will be working part of this time to prepare and train on how to educate and support community health during this epidemic.
On Wednesday evening SFUSD learned from the Department of Public Health that four students from Lakeshore Elementary School and some of their adult family members have reported respiratory illness. DPH is investigating and testing these students for COVID-19. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus or COVID-19 at Lakeshore or any other SFUSD school at this time. Based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Health, SFUSD is closing Lakeshore immediately for 14 days while public health officials investigate.
District leaders have been in daily contact with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). At this time the majority of health experts at the local, state and federal level do not recommend broad public school closures, as schools are an essential service with multiple community benefits and children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus.
Given current guidance from health experts and what is known at this time, SFUSD is reopening Lowell on Wednesday, March 11. The district has done enhanced cleaning at Lowell High School to ensure the campus is clean when it reopens.
3/5/20 - Closure of Lowell High School
The District has learned that a relative of a Lowell High School student is being treated for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety and well-being of our community, we have decided to close the school and all events and gatherings for the time being.
Around the world, millions of people will celebrate Women’s History Month in March. Schools in the San Francisco Unified School District get a head start in celebrating Women’s History and gender diversity by offering opportunities year-round.
Presidio Middle School is closed today, Friday, February 28 due to concerns about an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the school.