March 30, 2020 - Family Digest

March 30, 2020

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Dear SFUSD Families:

Happy first day of spring break! I know this spring break isn’t like any other we’ve had in SFUSD. While you continue to shelter in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you can still check out our home learning resources to get ideas for educational activities. Keep reading today’s digest for a learning tip!

Updates

School Meals

Today we began our new schedule for distributing free grab-and-go meals to families. Many of our school meal sites had an overwhelming demand and were unable to serve everyone today. Last week, we served 9,000 meals on our busiest day and today we served over 24,000 meals. Don’t worry though, we are increasing our meal quantity for Wednesday’s distribution and we are determined to have enough for everyone who comes to pick up meals. 

As a reminder, free grab and go meals are now available only on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at these 16 sites. We have reduced the number of days families have to leave their homes to get food, but the amount of food each family receives will remain the same. Also, parents no longer have to bring their children to pick up the meals.

Access to Technology

As we shared with you last week, while schools are temporarily closed we’re working to provide access to technology for students in need, to the greatest extent possible, to support the continuity of learning.

Need a device?

  • SFUSD students in grades 3-12 who do not have access to a computer during the day at home to support distance learning can borrow one from SFUSD.
  • All devices will be on loan to families and will need to be returned to SFUSD when the district reopens. There is a limit of one device per student.

How to borrow a device during Spring Break

  • Students who have completed SFUSD’s Distance Learning Device Request form, or have been in touch with your school about your computer needs, can pick up a Chromebook during Spring Break at one of our centralized pickups starting on Tuesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a staggered schedule based on the student’s last name.
  • For more information on pickups, including locations, pickup times, and what you need to bring, visit the Technology for Families Resources site under “Need a device?”

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Learning Idea

Have you ever wondered...how do you throw a curveball? What about...how is a curveball different from a fastball? Check out Wonderopolis for scientific answers to these and other questions!

Wellness Tip

Using hand sanitizers is a good way to prevent infection and the spread of germs, including coronavirus. Hand sanitizer is a convenient alternative to hand washing, if there’s no soap or water available, and as long as your hands aren’t visibly dirty. Watch this 30-second video to make sure you’re using hand sanitizer correctly.

Bright Spot

We join the world in appreciating the important work of the healthcare professionals in our community. Today we want to introduce you to longtime SFUSD nurse Lynda Boyer-Chu who recently received the Fulbright Specialist Program Award! Read more about Lynda’s story.

Warm regards,
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews