June 17, 2020
Dear SFUSD Families:
I hope the first few weeks of summer are treating you well. Here at SFUSD, we are hard at work planning for what learning will look like in fall 2020. In today’s digest, I’m excited to share updates with you regarding how we will work with students, families, and staff to inform decisions.
Planning for Fall 2020
As shared in my letter last week, we are gathering input and working diligently to create plans that incorporate health guidance, our district’s priorities and values and the input of our diverse community of staff, students and families. Several work groups have been formed with representatives from organizations representing staff, student and family perspectives. Community partners and district staff are working together to plan a series of virtual Town Halls in the next few weeks and will be sharing dates shortly.
Staff surveys regarding spring and fall 2020 are coming back to us and a family survey is being put together and will be shared in the coming weeks as well. SFUSD representatives are meeting regularly with the Department of Public Health and other City agencies to consider multiple factors related to fall planning. We will continue to update you on our progress and opportunities for input.
Learn more about the SFUSD budget and share input
Schools were facing severe funding challenges and struggling to balance budgets prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Those same funding challenges remain, and they are only becoming more severe. The pandemic has brought about millions of new unanticipated costs for SFUSD.
For the first time in many years, SFUSD no longer has a fund balance. We are looking to identify immediate and ongoing ways to balance our budget. Each year, through a community input process, the district develops a plan (called the LCAP) and then my staff and I develop a budget proposal based on the plan and the amount of funding SFUSD can expect from the state and other sources. Our Board of Education reviews the proposal, and ultimately decides whether or not to approve or amend it.
Do your children miss the SF Loves Learning TV show?
Find all past SF Loves Learning episodes and watch them on YouTube.
Graduating or moving on from SFUSD? Return SFUSD property on Thursday, July 23
Graduating seniors and students who are leaving SFUSD and not enrolling in an SFUSD school in August 2020 must return SFUSD property before the end of summer, including borrowed technology, textbooks, and musical instruments. On Thursday, July 23 SFUSD will open a variety of school sites and central office to process returns. Locations and times will be confirmed at a later date.
The School Health Programs Resource Guide during COVID-19 provides a list of current resources available from our city and community based organization partners around academics, health, employment, childcare and more.
Bright Spot and Reminders
Over the summer, SFUSD middle and high school students are using 3D printing technology from their homes to create personal protective equipment (PPE) and other devices to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the inspiring work of these students and their teachers!
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews
SFUSD Family Resource Link available throughout the summer
Go to familylink.sfusd.edu to complete an online request form; email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 415-340-1716. Hours of operation for the phone are Monday through Friday from 9 am - 1 pm. Callers can leave a voicemail at all hours.
Food Resources Available All Summer
- Grab & go meals will continue to be available to all children throughout the summer. Pickup times and locations: sfusd.edu/schoolfood. Access City information on where to get food resources. You may also call 311.
- Apply for P-EBT supplemental food resources by June 30 if (1) you have children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, and (2) you have not already received a card. Email SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu with any questions.