Dear SFUSD Community,
I am writing to share that the current masking protocols for SFUSD will remain in place for students, staff, and visitors at all school sites and district offices. This policy is in effect until further notice.
The current statewide mandate requiring masking in schools for students and educators will remain in place. Universal indoor masking will continue to be in effect at SFUSD as part of our layered approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.
The easing of California Department of Public Health (CDPH)'s masking order does not apply to PK-12 schools. Indoor masking is still required at this time regardless of vaccination status. For early education programs, CDPH continues to require masking for children older than age two.
All students and adults, regardless of vaccine status, must wear a mask or face covering indoors that covers nose, mouth and chin at all times except if drinking, eating, napping or if student/staff has a medical exemption.
Face masks are optional outdoors and not required
SFUSD has consistently followed San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) guidelines for schools. SFDPH has not required masking outdoors at schools since our schools reopened to hybrid in-person learning in Spring 2021. The SFDPH guidelines include that during some higher-risk activities it may be advised; however, the guidelines do not require masking outdoors in most circumstances. Since masking outdoors is optional, we ask that you respect those who choose to wear their mask outdoors.
Many kinds of masks, along with other PPE such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, are available at school sites. The best face mask is one that is worn properly and consistently. It should provide a good fit on your face to stop too much air from coming in and out.
Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to maintain healthy, safe, and welcoming learning environments for our students and staff.
Dr. Vincent Matthews