May 6, 2020
Dear SFUSD Families:
I hope the new month has started off well for you. With the weather warming up it’s a great time to get some fresh air and sunshine. Please remember to wear a mask and stay six feet apart if you go outside. And remember, masks aren’t just for adults, public health officials recommend them for children over 2 years old too. We’ve included some tips below on how to help your child adjust to this new fashion.
Revised Enrollment Timeline
COVID-19 brought many unexpected changes to the enrollment process for families, schools and staff, which we understand were difficult to experience. To ensure that ALL students can enroll in school, SFUSD has made these changes to the enrollment timeline and process:
- May Placement (Round 2) letters will now be mailed on June 12, and families will have until June 26 to register.
- We will have one Wait Pool instead of two, and will be accepting wait pool applications from June 15 to August 12.
- Open Enrollment will begin on July 6 to September 4.
Summer Learning 2020
SFUSD will be offering summer programming remotely for Summer 2020. We are prioritizing our largest summer programs - College and Career Readiness (High School Credit Recovery) and Extended School Year (ESY) for students with IEPs. These programs will begin June 10 and will be offered in a remote learning format. Students who are eligible for High School Credit Recovery and ESY will receive information about these summer program offerings.
We are working with Community Based Organizations and After School/Summer providers to identify other summer programs and opportunities for students, and will share more information on summer learning options as they are available.
Continuity of Learning: PK-2 Non Digital Learning Kits (Round 2)
Beginning May 6th, PreK-2 paper packets will be mailed to all PK-2 families. The packets will be mailed to the mailing address that is listed in our student information system. Unlike our first round of learning kits, this round will be a ‘packet refresh’ and contain learning activities and instructional content only. There are no supplies or books.
We know that some addresses have changed or may not be a child’s address during this shelter-in-place. If you do not receive a packet by May 12th, please send an email to Jeanne D'Arcy at email@example.com and provide a preferred mailing address as well as the grade level of your student. We will send a packet to the provided address. Please note, providing address information in this manner will not change your address in the student information system.
The content of this next round of learning content will also be posted on the SFUSD website by May 12 under Student and Family Resources.
Reminder - Continuity of Learning Technology Resources
- Get your child’s Google account - Your child’s SFUSD-provided Google account gives them access to a variety of learning and collaboration resources.
- Virtual Meetings - Find information about online learning and how you can use Google Hangouts Meet and Zoom (the district-approved conferencing tools).
- Need Help? Visit sfusd.edu/familytechnology to get support with the technology resources that support your child’s learning, including:
- Stay connected via Family Portal (ParentVUE)
- If you need help with ParentVUE, please submit a request at bit.ly/familyportalhelp.
- Get help with wifi access.
- Upcoming deadlines if you still need a Chromebook Tuesday, May 12 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm is the last day to pick up or exchange a Chromebook or hotspot for wifi access (students in grades 3-12). Wednesday, May 13 is the deadline for SFUSD to fulfill technology requests that come in through the SFUSD distance learning device request form or the Family Resource Link. These requests will be fulfilled via direct mailings to households. After this date, the district will focus on preparations for summer school technology needs and the 2020-2021 school year.
- Stay connected via Family Portal (ParentVUE)
Reminder - Food Resources
- Pickup times and locations for SFUSD meals: sfusd.edu/schoolfood
- City information on where to get food resources. You may also call 311.
Reminder - Family Resource Link
The Family Resource Link can help families find information related to school closure in three ways:
The San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is offering free tutoring! For students needing homework and extra academic support, the SFPL has free one-on-one tutoring available from Brainfuse. This is available 24/7 with live tutors from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
COVID-19 testing for SF Essential Workers
COVID-19 testing is available to anyone who lives and works in San Francisco. Essential workers can get tested regardless of symptoms. For all others, you must have at least one symptom or been exposed. Testing is free. Make an appointment online by visiting sf.gov/GetTestedSF or by calling 311.
Guidelines for Face Coverings for Children
Public health officials encourage face coverings for children over 2 years old when in public. Face coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for, other protective measures, such as social distancing, regular hand washing, staying home when ill, etc. This Face Mask Guidance for Children offers ideas for how to help your child become more comfortable in a face mask.
As we settle in for another month of social distancing, try making a list of things you still can do that you would enjoy, both individually and as a family. You could title this list your “Social Distancing Bucket List,” and add thoughts and ideas as they come to you. If you have the time and capacity, our current home-centered lifestyle is a great time to develop a new hobby, relationship, or skill that you may not have had time for before.
Bright Spot - Celebrating SFUSD Teachers
May 4-8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week and I invite you to join me in celebrating our SFUSD teachers –– not only this week –– but all year long! We are living through a moment in history with challenges we have never faced before, and teachers are continuing to inspire us with their creativity and resilience. Our teachers are transforming their practices to reach students while school buildings are closed and learning is taking place remotely. They are finding ways to connect with students despite numerous obstacles, and continuing to guide our children through difficult experiences.
Words will never fully express our gratitude for our teachers and their commitment to our students, but I hope you enjoy reading these teacher celebrations from the SFUSD community as much as I did. Share your own memory or story of your favorite teacher or teachers on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag: #SFLovesTeachers
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews