Current News from SFUSD

October 2020

10/21/20 - SFUSD Shares Updates on School Reopening Progress

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.

10/20/20 - Board of Education Approves K-12 Black Studies Curriculum

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

10/9/20 - Lowell High School Admissions Change for Incoming Class of Fall 2021

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).

10/9/20 - SFUSD and Nearpod Team Up to Bring Interactive Digital Instruction to 54,000 Students

Nearpod, the interactive, instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media to create engaging learning experiences, today announced its partnership with SFUSD.

10/6/20 - SFUSD and SF Public Library Launch SFPL To Go-Go

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.

September 2020

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.

9/24/20 - SFUSD Shares Planning Process for Return to In-Person Learning

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.

August 2020

8/14/20 - SFUSD Continues School Nutrition Program for 2020-21

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) continues to serve free and reduced-price meals in the 2020-2021 school year.

8/7/20 - SFUSD Families Weigh in on Distance Learning

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.

July 2020

7/29/20 - SF Board of Education Approves Fall Learning Plan

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.

7/15/20 - SFUSD Confirms it Will Begin School Year with Distance Learning

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.

June 2020

6/26/20 - SFUSD Families Receive Free Thermometers to Help Track Health Symptoms

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.

6/17/20 - Students Make Use of SFUSD’s 3D Printers to Create Personal Protective Equipment

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.

May 2020

5/28/20 - SFUSD Seniors Create Stop-Motion Animated Short To Honor Class of 2020

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.

5/28/20 - SFUSD Provides Progress Report on COVID-19 Response

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

5/21/20 - KALW, SFUSD’s Community Broadcast Service, Wins Murrow and Gracie Awards

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.

5/11/20 - SFUSD to Conduct Wellness Check Calls with 54,000 Students

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. 

5/7/20 - SFUSD Designs Distance Learning for English Learners

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. 

5/5/20 - SF Board of Education Affirms Support for CA Ethnic Studies Curriculum

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. 

April 2020

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. 

4/29/20 - SF Board of Education Approves New Grading Policy for Distance Learning

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.

4/19/20 - SFUSD Airs Original Educational TV Show on KTVU Plus

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.

4/13/20 - SFUSD Begins Teacher-Led Interactive Distance Learning

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.

4/10/20 - Donations of Goods and Services Support Students During School Closures

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.  

4/7/20 - SFUSD School Sites to Stay Closed for Remainder of School Year

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.

4/1/20 - Thousands of Students Receiving Laptops to Begin Distance Learning

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.

March 2020

3/27/20 - San Francisco’s Neediest Children See Outpouring of Support

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.

3/25/20 - SFUSD School Closures Extended Through May 1

SFUSD is extending temporary school closures through May 1, 2020. Please continue to shelter in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

3/17/20 - SFUSD Begins Providing Meals During School Closure

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. 

3/13/20 - SFUSD to Provide Free Meals for Students During Closure of Schools

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. 

3/12/20 - SFUSD Closing Glen Park Elementary School

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.

3/12/20 - Schools Will Close to Students for 3 Weeks

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.

3/11/20 - SFUSD Closing Lakeshore Elementary School

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. 

3/11/20 - SFUSD, City, Health Leaders Share Plans for Keeping Public Schools Open

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.

3/10/20 - SFUSD Reopening Lowell High School After 3-Day Closure

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.

3/5/20 - SFUSD Celebrates Women and Gender Diversity

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.

February 2020

2/28/20 - Presidio Middle School Closed Friday, February 28

Presidio Middle School is closed today, Friday, February 28 due to concerns about an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the school.

January 2020

1/21/20 - John Muir Elementary School Recognized for Three Years of Double-Digit Improvements in Math and Reading

The San Francisco Board of Education recognized John Muir Elementary School for achieving double digit growth each year for the last three years in English Language Arts and Math across all subgroups and programs.

1/15/20 - SF Board of Education Elects Leaders for 2020

The San Francisco Board of Education elected its leaders for the 2020 year on Tuesday night. Mark Sanchez, who served as vice president of the Board last year, was elected to serve as president in 2020. Gabriela Lopez was elected to serve as vice president. 

1/15/20 - SF Board of Education Paves the Way for Building More Affordable Educator Housing

Understanding that when educators live in the community in which they work it promotes school stability, community involvement and stronger ties between teachers and families in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the SF Board of Education approved a resolution to establish policies and procedures to potentially develop more affordable housing for educators on its properties.