Digest Updates from SFUSD

On March 20, 2020 SFUSD began sending out a digest to staff and families three times a week. Starting the week of April 27, the digests will go out only on Wednesdays. Click below to see past versions:

SFUSD Family Resource Link

The SFUSD Family Resource Link is a new project to help families navigate all of the SFUSD resources available to them during distance learning for the rest of the school year. This service will not replace existing phone lines and support already provided by district departments. 

Families can access the Family Resource Link in three ways:

*Hours of operation for the phone will be Monday through Friday from 9 am - 1 pm. Callers can still leave a voicemail at all hours.

Learn more here

All Updates

5/8/20 - Request for Qualifications / Project Management for Reopening Schools

This project seeks to prepare SFUSD to transition back in a safe and equitable manner to in-person schooling in the aftermath of COVID-19. SFUSD is seeking Project Management support to develop a comprehensive plan for returning to in-person schooling. Response Deadline for Proposals: May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

4/19/20 - SFUSD Airs Original Educational TV Show on KTVU Plus

As part of its effort to reach all students, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is partnering with KTVU to provide an hour long television episode every weekday especially for preschool-2nd grade students in San Francisco, called “SF Loves Learning.” The show will provide access to academic and social emotional learning opportunities from SFUSD and partners for San Francisco’s youngest students, who have disproportionately less access to technology than older students.

4/13/20 - SFUSD Begins Teacher-Led Interactive Distance Learning

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is officially launching teacher-led interactive distance learning for all PreK-12 students today. Teaching will include both digital and non-digital options for students to engage in learning at home as their circumstances allow. SFUSD continues to emphasize to families that it supports parents and guardians in prioritizing wellness and wellbeing for themselves and their children.

4/10/20 - Donations of Goods and Services Support Students During School Closures

The San Francisco Unified School District has received and deployed dozens of in-kind donations to support students and families during extended school closures. Given its budget shortfall and millions in new unanticipated costs associated with serving students during school closures, SFUSD has been actively working with donors to support services to students, including providing students with meals and continuity of learning, during closures.  

4/7/20 - Letter to Families - Sent April 7

SFUSD school sites will remain closed through the end of the school year (June 2, 2020) and instruction will be delivered to every student through interactive teacher-led learning starting April 13.

4/5/20 - SELPA Update to Families

SFUSD staff have been working to develop plans for providing students with disabilities with equal access to educational opportunities and the provision of a free appropriate public education considering the “Shelter-in-Place” Order, dated March 31, 2020. Beginning the week of April 6, Case Managers will be reaching out to parents regarding an individualized Distance Learning Plan

3/27/20 - San Francisco’s Neediest Children See Outpouring of Support

Spark* SF Public Schools, a non-profit dedicated to building private partnerships in support of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), has received more than $4.2 million in the past two weeks to support San Francisco’s most vulnerable children and youth during temporary school closures.

3/25/20 - SFUSD School Closures Extended Through May 1

SFUSD is extending temporary school closures through May 1, 2020. Please continue to shelter in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

3/23/20 - Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) letter to special education families

We are writing to provide you with an update about Special Education Services during this challenging time. The San Francisco Unified School District Special Education Local Plan Area (SFUSD SELPA) and Special Education Department share your concerns about your children’s education during this period of mandatory school closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/19/20 - Letter to Families - Sent March 19

In today’s update, we want to share more about our current school closure plans and optional resources and activities for distance learning. We know that for some families, doing formal learning activities at home is not an option right now, and that is okay. No teacher can require students to do school work at this time.

3/17/20 - SFUSD Begins Providing Meals During School Closure

Today, SFUSD will open its first meal distribution sites so students may continue to access free meals while schools are closed. The district and SFUSD’s non-profit partner Spark* SF Public Schools are asking community members to make tax-deductible monetary contributions in support of the district’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

3/16/20 - Changes to March Placement Period for School Year 2020-21

The well-being of SFUSD families and staff is our top priority. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending all in-person services at least through April 10, 2020. Instead, we are adding the following remote/virtual options for families to register for school, apply for May Placement (aka round 2), or get enrollment services. Please read carefully.

3/15/20 - Letter to Families - Sent March 15

As a reminder, schools are closing to students for 3 weeks beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16 through the end of regularly scheduled spring break (which ends Friday, April 3). Staff will be working part of this time and using the time to prepare and train on how to educate and support community health during this epidemic.

3/15/20 - Students at Glen Park, Lakeshore Test Negative for COVID-19

SFUSD has learned from the Department of Public Health that the students from Lakeshore and Glen Park elementary schools who reported respiratory illness tested negative for coronavirus or COVID-19. Based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Health, families and staff at these schools no longer need to self-quarantine.

3/13/20 - Free Meals Available During School Closure

Beginning March 17, SFUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger at 14 pick-up sites Monday through Friday. 

3/12/20 - Glen Park Elementary School Closed

Seven students from Glen Park have reported respiratory illness. Based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Health, SFUSD is closing Glen Park immediately while public health officials investigate. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Glen Park.

3/12/20 - Schools Will Close to Students for 3 Weeks

SFUSD is closing schools to students for 3 weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of regularly scheduled spring break (which ends Friday, April 3). Staff will be working part of this time to prepare and train on how to educate and support community health during this epidemic.

3/11/20 - Lakeshore Elementary School Closed

Based on the recommendation of DPH, SFUSD is closing Lakeshore immediately while public health officials investigate reported respiratory illness in four students and their adult family members. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Lakeshore.

3/11/20 - Letter to Families - Sent March 11

Given that schools are an essential service with multiple community benefits and children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus, SFUSD is planning to keep our schools open at this time.  

3/11/20 - SFUSD, City, Health Leaders Share Plans for Keeping Public Schools Open

City and school district leaders are working together to identify measures to keep the City’s public schools open. 

3/10/20 - SFUSD Reopening Lowell High School After 3-Day Closure

Given current guidance from health experts and what is known at this time, SFUSD is reopening Lowell on Wednesday, March 11.

3/9/20 - Lowell High School Update

Lowell High School will remain closed and all events and gatherings are cancelled through Tuesday, March 10. We have done and will continue to do enhanced cleaning to ensure the campus is clean before it reopens.

3/9/20 - School Absences Announcement

If you would like to keep your children home for health reasons, any absences over the next 2 weeks will be excused.

3/8/20 - Letter to Families - Sent March 8

All SFUSD schools with the exception of Lowell High School will remain open on Monday, March 9. Per new City guidance, SFUSD is cancelling all non-essential events at all schools until March 22.

3/7/20 - Nonessential Events at All Schools Cancelled

Due to updated guidelines from the Department of Public Health, the following events have been cancelled or postponed.

3/3/20 - Letter to Families - Sent March 3

SFUSD is working closely with the City to prepare in the event our schools are impacted by COVID-19.