Principal's Welcome Back Letter

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Dear Galileo Students and Families,

Welcome back to the 2021-22 school year! Our Galileo staff is looking forward to seeing your students in-person and supporting their academic and social/emotional growth. Our teachers are receiving targeted training on how to support students as they return to in-person learning, and SFUSD is providing extensive instructional resources for teachers that will support student academic progress and engagement. During the first two weeks of school, teachers will focus on building a class community by helping your students feel engaged and comfortable. In addition, we will continue to focus on reading and writing across the curriculum by using Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning (CER) as a foundational writing strategy and a variety of reading programs that support all students.

The first day of school is Monday, August 16.

All students will be able to view their class schedules in Synergy on Sunday, August 15. Students must regularly check their SFUSD school email accounts where they will receive all important school information.

Our Freshman Orientation will be on Friday, August 13 from 10-11:30am and our Sophomore Orientation will be from 1-2:30pm. These orientations will be an opportunity for Freshman and Sophomore students to become familiar with the Galileo campus and our staff and resources. Our Galileo Leadership students will provide school tours as well. Students will meet on the bleachers of our football field at Bay and Polk streets. These orientations will be for students only. Families will receive an email with a video. All students must wear masks and Self-Screen. The Daily Self-Screening Questions are listed at the end of this letter.

New Bell Schedule

All SFUSD schools have new bell schedules this year that provide consistent start and end times throughout the district. Here is the link for the new Galileo Bell Schedule 2021-22 which is also provided at the bottom of this letter.

Health and Safety Guidelines

SFUSD is committed to maintaining healthy environments and operations at school sites. Therefore, every classroom or multiple person office will be ventilated through open windows, portable air cleaners, and/or mechanical ventilation. Students will be provided soap and water or hand sanitizer in their classrooms. Daily cleaning of schools will continue. There are no longer physical distancing requirements. It takes ALL of us to maintain safe and healthy schools. This means ALL school staff and students must:

  • Self-screen for COVID-19 before coming to school every day
  • Stay home when sick
  • Wear face masks at all times, except when eating or drinking
  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently

Prior to leaving home for school, the parent/guardian must screen their student by answering these questions:

  1. Has your child tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days?
  2. Has your child been in close contact with anyone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  3. Is your child feeling ill or have any of the following symptoms?

If the answer is NO to all of the questions, the student may go to school.

If the answer is YES to any of the health screening questions the following must occur:

  • The student must stay home from school
  • The family should call the school to notify them of the reason for their child’s absence

Contact your school immediately, even on a non-school day if your child has any of the following symptoms: Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or experiences change in their ability to taste or smell in the past 10 days. We recommend that your student gets a COVID-19 test. If the test result is negative, your student may return to school if symptoms are improving, no fever in the past 24 hours, and you provide a copy of negative test results. If you choose not to have your child tested, your child can return after 10 days of being symptom-free and having no fever. Your child should isolate at home for at least 10 days since the symptoms first started or from the date of their COVID-19 test if they do not have symptoms.

Before the first day of school

In order for us to maintain and build a sense of community, we need to stay in close communication with each other. It is very important that all families update their phone numbers and email addresses in Synergy and ensure they have an active ParentVue account.

  • Please help ensure your families’ contact information in Synergy is up to date. Learn more about how you can use or set up a ParentVUE account at
  • Complete your Emergency Contact Card so we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. Visit for more information
  • Complete the Multipurpose Family Income Form for the 2021-22 school year whether or not you need meal assistance. All meals are free for all students this year. However, we need all families to complete the Multipurpose Family Income Form. The form is available online at in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
  • Review the SFUSD Student and Family Handbook which has been updated and is available at
  • Families and community members may continue receiving important SFUSD information via the SFUSD website, the monthly e-newsletter, and a new Family Announcements Bulletin (FAB), which is a weekly email summary of all public website announcements posted from the previous week. Starting on August 19, FAB will be sent every Thursday afternoon to families who signed up. Families and other interested community members must sign up to receive FAB.

I know we all have many questions and concerns about how to navigate our return to in-person learning. Please reach out to Galileo staff, counselors, teachers, administrators if you have any questions. We are here to assist your student and family and will persist until we find the resources you need.

Tami Benau, Principal


Galileo Bell Schedule 2021-22

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Period 1 8:40-9:40
Period 2 9:45-10:45
Period 3 10:50-11:50
Period 4 11:55- 1:00
Lunch 1:00-1:40
Period 5 1:45-2:45
Period 6 2:50-3:50


Period 1 8:40-10:20
Homeroom 10:25-10:40
Period 3 10:45-12:25
Lunch 12:25-1:05
Period 5 1:10-2:50


Period 2 8:40-10:20
Homeroom 10:25-10:40
Period 4 10:45-12:25
Lunch 12:25-1:05
Period 6 1:10-2:50