Dear SFUSD families,
Public health experts have said that while the threat from COVID-19 is not over, San Francisco is now in a significantly better position today than at any prior time in the pandemic due to the city’s high vaccination and booster rates and the availability of effective COVID-19 treatments.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has updated their isolation and quarantine directive to bring the city’s guidance into alignment with what has been shared by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
What is changing
- The updated SFDPH guidance changes what had previously been requirements for isolation and quarantine for the general public in San Francisco to recommendations.
- Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (through a positive test or medical diagnosis), regardless of vaccination status, should isolate using the guidelines listed in the CDPH guidance.
- Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or who is a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is strongly recommended to follow the CDPH guidelines, and they should isolate if they test positive.
- SFUSD’s COVID-19 Support Line and firstname.lastname@example.org will go offline on Mar. 31, 2023.
- SFUSD’s COVID-19 Testing Dashboard will no longer be updated as of Mar. 31, 2023.
- SFUSD will discontinue COLOR self-swab molecular test kits as of Mar. 24. 2023. The last pick-up day will be Mar. 17, 2023 for schools and Mar. 24 at 555 Franklin Street.
What is staying the same
- Over-the-counter (OTC) rapid antigen test kits provided by CDPH to students will be distributed to school sites through Jun. 2, 2023
- We will continue the current practice of recommending, not requiring, masks at all SFUSD school sites and central offices. Students, employees and visitors may choose to wear a mask as they see fit.
- We will continue to share updates and resources with families about how to access vaccines in San Francisco via our website, print, and email.
- We will continue to make SFUSD school sites available should SFDPH have the resources to set up COVID-19 vaccine clinics at SFUSD school sites.
- As the COVID-19 landscape continues to change, we remain committed to communities most impacted by the virus. We will continue to work closely with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to share information about how to access COVID-19 resources, such as testing and vaccinations, with those most in need.
Dr. Matt Wayne, Superintendent