April 6, 2020
Dear SFUSD Families:
Welcome back from spring break! Next week we will begin teacher-led distance learning, and there are many related updates in today’s digest so please keep reading. But first, a reminder that we are still unified even if we are apart. If you’re on social media, share an SFUSD selfie wearing a school or district shirt and make sure to tag us! #WeAreSFUSD and @SFUnified
Enrolling in Schools During Closure
April 10 is the deadline for March Placement Registration and May Placement Applications. The Educational Placement Center (EPC) is currently closed to the public. Families can respond to their offer online or via mail. Please visit www.sfusd.edu/enroll for more information.
Technology Resources to Support Distance Learning
- Borrow a Chromebook
- Who: Students in grades 3-12 who do not have access to a computer during the day at home to support distance learning can borrow a device. It must be returned when schools reopen.
- How: Fill out the device request form before picking up a device. Have your student ID number ready at the time of pickup. Limited home delivery is available.
- When and Where: Pick up devices this week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. See pick-up times, locations, and identification needed.
- Connect to the Internet
- Stay Connected via Family Portal (ParentVUE)
- Virtual Meetings with students may start next week
- In order to provide your child/ren with meaningful learning experiences during distance learning, your teacher(s) may ask students to participate in an interactive online meeting (video conference) using Zoom, Google Classroom or Google Hangouts.
- Please see the Notice of Virtual Meetings for Synchronous Learning for guidelines for student communication during school closure.
A SELPA Family Letter update to Special Education Families and Caregivers has been posted to the district website. Families will be receiving a call to let them know the letter is available there. Translations will be posted as soon as they are available. See additional information and special education updates.
One of our core values at SFUSD is diversity. Our students and staff come to San Francisco from all over the world. As a social studies lesson, explore what cultural identity means to you.
I absolutely appreciate how challenging it is on families when schools are closed. But there’s also a silver lining. Upworthy shared an article on preparing for extended school closures without losing your mind. A favorite tip from the article: “As weird as it sounds, there are actually some good opportunities here to make special memories with your kids. I'm almost certain that we will remember this time – and how we came together, or didn't – decades from now. So do your best to find some way to create special moments & routines.”
Today’s #WeAreSFUSD post shares a message of gratitude from Danielle Brown Sanchez, a parent of a third grade student at Dolores Huerta Elementary. Thank you to all who have helped provide Chromebooks to SFUSD students who need access to technology while schools are closed!
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews