Health and Safety Protocols Frequently Asked Questions

Masking

Last updated August 16, 2022

What is the current masking policy?

Students, staff and visitors are not required to wear masks indoors per CDPH and SFDPH guidance at any SFUSD school or office. The guidance recommends but does not require mask wearing. Students, staff and visitors may choose to wear a mask as they see fit.

Are masks required on school buses?

No, masks are not required to be worn on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. 

Are masks required when playing indoor sports or performing?

No, masks are not required. Masks are strongly recommended indoors at all times when participants are not actively practicing, conditioning, competing, or performing. Masks are also strongly recommended indoors while on the sidelines, in team meetings, and within locker rooms and weight rooms. Student and staff may choose to wear masks as they see fit. Bell coverings for wind instruments are recommended in the guidelines. Students may choose to use bell coverings as they see fit.

Are masks required for spectators indoors?

No, masks are not required.  Masks are strongly recommended indoors for all spectators and observers.  Spectators and observers may choose to wear masks as they see fit

General Health and Safety Protocols

Last updated August 16, 2022

Where can we get information about SFUSD's health and safety protocols?

Check out SFUSD.edu/COVID19 to review the most up-to-date information for students and families to stay safe at school. Families can review the Health and Safety section of the website to learn more about current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. 

Will hand washing stations be available?

Yes, hand washing stations with hand soap will be available to maintain healthy hand washing habits at school.

How do we support medically vulnerable and unvaccinated people?

SFUSD continues to work closely with SF Department of Public Health to enact an equity-driven approach to support those in our community who are highly impacted by the virus. This includes people who are medically vulnerable, people not yet eligible for vaccines, and communities and neighborhoods most disparately impacted.

SFUSD has been working with our partners to increase testing capacities, distribute at-home test kits, and expand access to vaccination. 

As an individual, you can support those around you by getting vaccinated and boosted if eligible, wearing a mask and testing when gathering with vulnerable people, opening windows, and gathering outdoors.

Are visitors allowed on school sites?

Yes. The protocol for visitors at sites, including family drop-off and pick-up and volunteers, will be the same as the protocol before the pandemic. Please note that volunteers should follow vaccination requirements.

Can family members come to the school site at any time?

Yes, family and community members may come onto school campuses following the Student and Family Handbook guidelines for visiting a school. 

Are families allowed on school sites?

Families and caregivers may enter the building for pick-up and drop-off, even if they are not up to date on vaccination for COVID-19.

Family and community members may come onto school campuses at any time and should follow the Student and Family Handbook guidelines regarding volunteers and visitors.

As of August 10, 2021, the SFUSD Health and Safety Directive Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination requires that all staff, interns, contractors and volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing District facilities. Contractors and volunteers who are not yet fully COVID-19 vaccinated will be required to submit to at least weekly testing. SFUSD does not have the capacity to provide the weekly testing for unvaccinated interns, contractors and volunteers. Please refer to the vaccination FAQs.

Are families allowed to volunteer at school sites?

Volunteers are allowed at SFUSD sites. The SFUSD Health and Safety Directive Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination requires that all staff, interns, contractors and volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing District facilities.  Contractors and volunteers who are not yet fully COVID-19 vaccinated will be required to submit to at least weekly testing. SFUSD does not have the capacity to provide the weekly testing for unvaccinated interns, contractors and volunteers. Please refer to the vaccination FAQs

What are some of the health and safety protocols in place for before and afterschool care providers?

SFUSD requires all service providers to be fully vaccinated. Those who qualify for a medical or religious exemption must have a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of the first time entering a school, then weekly thereafter. In addition, all service providers must follow San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines. Service providers can learn more about these requirements at the MOU information page, and review the vaccination FAQs for service providers for more information.

The Out of School Time programs that are operated by SFUSD are also required to follow SF Department of Public Health guidelines. If you enroll your child into these programs, the Early Education Department will provide information on health and safety protocols.

How do I report if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Families can contact their child’s school or reach out to the COVID Support Line at 415-660-9850 or covidreporting@sfusd.edu for additional support and information. 

Can schools organize school-wide events?

Festivals, performances, tours, open houses, and other events that involve families are allowed. Keep a log of all persons who attend. This will be helpful if someone at an event, tour or open house later tests positive for COVID-19.

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is not required to attend any school-wide events.

What are the guidelines for field trips?

Staff and students can go on field trips to outdoor or indoor destinations. If shared vehicles or public transportation is used, follow the same policies and guidance outlined in Administrative Regulation 6153 School-Sponsored Trips.

Overnight trips are allowed under the conditions set forth in AR 6153 School-Sponsored Trips:

  • Students can now share rooms, and schools will make a separate room available for any student or staff who exhibits symptoms while on the trip.
  • Testing is strongly recommended 48 hours prior to the day of departure.

This page was last updated on August 16, 2022