September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

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Dear SFUSD Families:

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, SFUSD outlined several factors that will need to be in place in addition to public health indicators before returning to any in-person learning. SFUSD is preparing for a gradual return for a small cohort of students focusing first on the District’s youngest students (early elementary) and students with disabilities in moderate/severe special day classes. Read more about the specific criteria and how SFUSD is preparing. 


SF Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF): Community Hubs Registration Update

Registration for the Community Hubs requires an invitation, and all of the invitations for the first round have already been sent.  Once the DCYF Community Hubs are ready to accept more applications, SFUSD will communicate registration information directly to families of eligible students. At this time, the Community Hubs and SFUSD are not enrolling students and families through direct referrals. Eligible families will be notified sometime early October.

SFUSD 2020 LatinX Heritage Month Resource Guide

From September 15th to October 15th, SFUSD celebrates Latinx Heritage Month (commonly observed as Hispanic Heritage Month**) to highlight the diversity, brilliance and beauty of the Latinx community both in their countries of origin but particularly in the diaspora and their presence here in San Francisco.  

This Resource Guide provides links to literature, lessons, content, resources and events to celebrate the rich history, contributions and amazing that is Latinx heritage and presence. Adelante, siempre!  

Human Rights Commission Meeting Thursday 9/24 @ 5:30 pm 

SFUSD staff will present an update on the Equity Studies Resolution and Distance Learning. This is a great structure to hear what is going on in our district and share your experience, ideas and hear from others! 

Join us! Meeting Information 

Spanish Language Family Webinar Series:  SPANISH ONLY- Student Device Setup (Chromebooks, Hotspots, WiFi)

Did your student receive an SFUSD Chromebook or hotspot for distance learning? Do you need help getting everything to work together? We will have live offerings of this webinar in Spanish on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30 at 6 pm. 

Find the link to the YouTube livestream, plus a recording of a previous session (in English), slide decks, and translations on our page. Sign up for a text reminder here. 

Take Seesaw with you! 

Learn how to use Seesaw from your phone to document student learning without needing to take out your laptop. Students can do assignments on paper or outside and submit work directly through your phone app. 

Learn more by watching this help video, "Using Seesaw on Phones".  Find more Seesaw help videos in multiple languages.

New: Free Technology Tutoring for Parents Includes Google Suite and ParentVUE!

Need help with Google Classroom, Drive or Docs? Want to understand how to access and use ParentVUE to get information on your child’s learning? Now, you can get free, 1:1 tutoring! And you can still get help learning Seesaw, Classroom, Zoom, Meet, and Chromebooks

Trained volunteers are ready to offer free, 30-minute phone or video conference sessions in 20 languages! Check out this announcement for more information and to sign up for an appointment. This program is coordinated by the San Francisco Education Fund.

Education Funding Measures on November Ballot

This Election Day, San Franciscans will vote on Proposition J, which addresses a legal loophole to continue providing funds to SFUSD, and California Proposition 15, which would increase revenue for public education and other services. Learn more about these measures.

Bright Spot

More support for seniors is on the way!  This week, the Stupski Foundation announced it is investing nearly $5 million in student advising grants to community-based organizations that partner with the Oakland Unified School District and SFUSD. These grants will support counseling across 13 high schools for over 3,000 12th-grade students facing challenges in pursuing college in the midst of the pandemic.

Warm regards,

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews