Return to In-Person Learning

Return Safely Together Plan

The Return Safely Together plan is SFUSD's detailed guide on how we will gradually return students to in-person learning. It spells out how we will adhere to health and safety guidelines and ensure schools and classrooms are equipped with the necessary materials to keep students safe and includes information about our planning process, guiding principles and policies.

For a more family-friendly version of the information, please download the Return Safely Together Guide for Families.

  • SFUSD will return to in-person learning once all actions in the district's dashboard have been completed.
  • Families will have a choice about whether to return to in-person or stay in distance learning.
  • We will not reopen any schools until we can implement all health and safety measures recommended by the SF Department of Public Health.

Download Return Safely Together: SFUSD's In-Person Learning Plan. Google Translated versions: Español | 中文 | عربي | Gagana Sāmoa | Filipino | Tiếng Việt

March 17 and March 22 Town Hall Recordings

Over 1,300 attendees participated in the virtual Return Safely Together Town Hall for PK-5th Grade families on March 17, sponsored by 2nd District PTA, Parents for Public Schools, and SFUSD, to address questions from elementary grade families. Check out this video playlist that includes all the questions and answers from that event.

Do you have a child with an IEP? Don’t miss the Zoom recording of the March 22 event, where families of students who receive Special Education services, staff and community members gathered for a community meeting to discuss the return to in-person learning. 

SFUSD In-Person Registration Survey Results (Updated March 24, 2021)

Grade Level Response Rate Percentage Who Want to Return In Person Total Responses
PreK 90% 58%

12,994 responses out of 14,236 students

TK-2 92% 67%
3-5 79% 70% 66%
11,192 responses out of 17,017 students
6-13 35% 53%

We recognize that not all families surveyed have responded and that there is a lot of information families would like to have access to as they consider this option.

SFUSD isn’t able to share more details that are dependent on information that is not yet available. More information about survey results is available in this recent Board of Education presentation, beginning on slide 20.

What We’ve Heard from Families & Staff

  • Health and safety of our students, staff and families is a priority
  • Families offered choice in between in-person and distance learning
    • Families and staff report a preference for full days for in-person learning
    • Families report a preference for full week schedules for in-person learning
  • Students’ and staff social emotional well-being needs attention
  • Students and staff must have computer and internet access
  • Families want more time and interaction with teachers
  • Prioritize in-person learning for vulnerable student groups
  • Families desire more communication and consistent connection with their schools

Before Reopening Campuses

  • Small cohorts / groups of students identified for reopening
  • General safety measures in place, including a staff testing plan
  • All staff trained in COVID-19 health and safety protocols
  • All families informed of COVID-19 health and safety protocols
  • COVID-19 Prevention Measures in place
  • School Facilities prepped for social distancing
  • Three month supply of PPE in place
  • Instructional Learning Plans in place
  • Labor Agreements (MOUs and side letters) in place

Spring 2021 Instructional Plan & Proposal for Hybrid Learning

View our instructional plan and proposal for hybrid learning for Spring 2021.