School Schedules and Capacity Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

School Schedules and Capacity Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated April 5th, 2021.

What is the final guidance for physical distancing in SFUSD TK-5 classrooms in Spring 2021?

SFUSD is compliant with all San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) guidance and the baseline health and safety requirements agreed upon with the district’s labor unions related to physical distancing at schools offering in-person instruction. We will strive to keep student desks at 6 feet but may have desks no less than 4ft apart from each other with a plexiglass barrier between the students. Teacher desks are at least 6 feet apart from student desks and tables. SFUSD has to meet physical distancing requirements as outlined in its labor agreement even if those requirements have changed in the public health guidance.

What is the maximum occupancy for TK-5 classrooms?

We are setting up classrooms to accommodate a full class provided we can meet physical distancing requirements. There is no 14-student limit in TK-5 classrooms.

Can the physical distancing requirements be changed to accommodate more students at elementary schools?

SFUSD is following guidelines for physical distancing in TK-5 that adhere to both public health guidelines and the MOU between SFUSD and UESF. For the remainder of the current school year, student desks will be no less than 4 feet apart. This cannot be changed. As the district plans for the fall and future student groups, it will use the updated public health guidance of 3 feet apart for student desks.

How are school schedules being determined?

Schedules are determined by grade level cluster, not individual classroom capacity. If every classroom at a given school site in a grade lever cluster (TK-2 or 3-5) has capacity to serve students in person five days a week, the whole grade level cluster will be on the 5 day a week schedule. If there is limited capacity in any given classroom, the schedule will be hybrid. Therefore schools with more requests for in-person learning than capacity after adopting the 4 foot distancing requirement may need to offer a 2-day a week schedule to accommodate all students.

Can school schedules be changed?

SFUSD Spring 2021 school schedules for in-person and distance learning have been set centrally, with the goal of getting as many students who wish to return back to in-person learning as possible. These schedules cannot be changed. The outcomes reflect careful planning and consideration based on: physical space, school enrollment, family preference, staffing, and health and safety requirements, including those agreed upon with SFUSD’s labor unions.