Masking Strongly Recommended, Not Required After April 2, 2022

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Originally sent March 23, 2022

Dear SFUSD families,

I am writing to remind you that masking will be strongly recommended but not required for Pre-Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten, elementary and K-8 schools starting April 2. This shift in masking policies has been in place for middle and high schools as well as central office sites since March 12. 

Please remember, no SFUSD site or classroom may require indoor masking after April 2. People may choose to wear a mask and we must respect their right to do so. 

SFDPH Health Officer Dr. Susan Philip answers frequently asked questions about the public health guidelines about masking in this video

Below are some additional updates and resources

Register for a Color self-swab account

SFUSD continues to partner with Color to provide free and reliable molecular testing services for the SFUSD community.  Color test kits are being collected daily at every SFUSD school, Color mobile sites, and central office locations. Learn about all the resources to support you in creating your child’s account.

Learn about COVID-19 tests available to you

Watch this short video (available in Spanish and Cantonese) to learn about the different types of tests that are available at SFUSD, and how you can access them. You are encouraged to research and choose additional testing offerings through your primary health provider, the City and County of San Francisco, and other sources such as free at-home tests kits for your household through the federal government.

Mark your calendars

SFUSD is providing 2 at-home rapid test kits for all students and staff for use when returning from Spring Break on April 4, when returning from extended time away, such as over Memorial Day weekend, or when needed.  

Update your contact information

Please update your contact information on ParentVUE, as this is the primary way for us to share important information with you. SFUSD has also sent a print mailer in English and 6 SFUSD languages to your address on file. It contains helpful COVID resources and information, as well as a print copy of instructions to register and activate Color self-swab testing. Please review this information and consider placing the checklist in an easily accessible and visible location for easy reference.

Get vaccinated! 

Children 5 years and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Many in California are taking this important step to protect themselves and others. Safe, free, effective COVID-19 vaccines are available regardless of immigration or insurance status. Students will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning starting the term following full approval of the vaccine by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their grade span.

We remain hopeful that the layered approach to health and safety that we have put in place will continue to make SFUSD schools safe, welcoming, and healthy spaces where our students can learn, grow, and thrive. SFUSD will continue to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for our staff and students and enact healthy practices to prevent the worst outcomes of COVID-19. You can refer to the PPE Dashboard on our website, available in multiple languages, to track our progress and the availability of PPE at your school site.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Dr. Vincent Matthews