SF Board of Education Approves Fall Learning Plan
San Francisco (July 29, 2020) - 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.
SFUSD hopes to provide a hybrid model (a combination of in-person and distance learning) for some students when science and data suggest it is safe to do so. As the district plans for distance learning and eventual return to school buildings, SFUSD is focusing its efforts in these key areas: Teaching & Learning, Safety Protocols, Coordinated Care Plan for Wellness & Partnerships, Communication, Personnel, and Operations & Logistics.
“We are navigating these challenging times together,” Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said. “It is not easy, but with a continued focus on our students, and the collective efforts of our families, educators and community partners, we are committed to providing quality instruction and equitable support.”
SFUSD defines distance learning as students engaging in learning and making academic progress when they are not physically present in schools. This is accomplished using a variety of digital and print resources, and interacting with educators (and peers, when possible) in different ways. Teaching and learning during distance learning will continue to be standards aligned, differentiated and culturally/linguistically responsive.
The plan for fall learning includes information regarding support for special student populations, attendance, assessing learning, ways that students will engage in digital and non-digital learning, and professional development and other resources for educators.
Input from all stakeholders has been a critical factor in informing SFUSD’s approach to fall learning. This summer, SFUSD has engaged several work groups, with representatives from organizations representing staff, student and family perspectives. Students, families, community partners and district staff participated in a series of virtual Town Halls and families provided input though a Family Survey.
“As an educator, I know how challenging it is to meet the needs of our students and families at this time. We are listening to our students, families and educators and working collaboratively to make this fall the best possible experience for students while also prioritizing the safety of our community,” said Board President Mark Sanchez.
School site staff are returning from summer break and SFUSD leadership is working with the United Educators of San Francisco to create a Memorandum of Understanding between the teachers union and district that will outline more specific details. Times when instruction will be offered and other details will be available soon and shared through families’ school sites and the SFUSD Distance Learning Guide.
Read the Fall Learning Plan report here.