April 22, 2020
Dear SFUSD Staff:
I’m excited to share that over 95% of 3-12th grade students logged into their SFUSD online classroom last week. Let’s celebrate our students for finding ways to engage in school work through distance learning and the families and teachers who are helping them.
Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
We extend a hearty shoutout to all of our school secretaries, attendance clerks, central office admin staff, and other administrative support staff! While we appreciate your work every day, Administrative Professionals Week reminds us to take a step back and recognize all of the “unseen” things you do that keep us all moving forward.
Especially during this crisis, we thank you for staying on top of timeroll, continuing to manage our budgets, keeping our schedules on track, and responding to a myriad of other requests. Thank you for all that you do.
School Closure Digest Changes
Starting next week, April 27, the School Closure Digest will be shared with our entire SFUSD community once a week every Wednesday evening.
We will continue to share new updates online and through social media (@sfunified). We invite you to reach out if you have questions. Staff may email firstname.lastname@example.org and families may email email@example.com
Family Partnership Learning Opportunity
Distance learning is a great time to suggest learning opportunities that allow students to explore and document their cultural and familial wealth. Create an activity for students to tell their Family Story (family can mean chosen family, biological family, or whatever definition of family y’all come up with!)
Students might ask their families: Where were you born? How did you get here to where you currently reside? What were your favorite foods growing up? What was your first job? Why did you work at that job? What did your parents do? What did you do for fun when you were a kid? What were some important things that happened in the world when you were growing up?
After hearing stories from different family members, students can put together a bigger story of your family. What is your family ancestry? Where has your family migrated from or to? What languages does your family speak? What talents does your family have? What dreams does your family have?
Reminder - Continuity of Learning Technology Resources
- Webinars, office hours & professional learning
- Guide to Virtual Meetings with Students
- Safety tips for Zoom and Hangouts Meet
- Family Technology Resources
- SFUSD’s Guidance for Digital Citizenship and Norms for Online Teaching and Learning; self-guided digital citizenship resources by grade level
- Cyberbullying & Cyber Harassment
Reminder - Volunteers needed to support Chromebook distribution
Sign up to volunteer for any of the following roles:
- Drivers/Deliveries (minimal human interaction): Pick up and delivery of devices and/or materials to families or community sites.
- Call families to determine unmet technology needs. Please sign up for 2 days or more, installation and training required.
Reminder - No staff or students allowed in schools at this point
City of San Francisco:
- Resources for people experiencing homelessness
- Resources for older adults and adults with disabilities
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Page also includes resources re: healthcare, mental health, domestic violence, and more
School Closures is a nonprofit hotline that provides information and free tutoring for families during COVID-19 school closures.
- Call or text this free hotline at 1-855-264-2051.
- Parents and teachers can call in with questions about a wide range of issues, including where to find meals, tools for online learning, how to use Google classroom, how to engage kids while working from home, or just to have someone to talk to who can listen and empathize with their situation.
- This hotline is not specific to SFUSD (see SFUSD Family Resource Link information), but SFUSD staff have checked it out and found it helpful.
Health and Wellness
The Child Mind Institute has a wealth of resources to support families coping during this time. They note that your children may be feeling more anxious these days. Here a a few ways to help them understand and manage their feelings:
- Label emotions and their intensity
- Ask "yes" or "no" questions about their feelings
- Create daily routines that include exercise
- Model calmness and mindfulness
Every National Poetry Month (April), KALW, America Scores and SFUSD team up to bring SFUSD students’ poetry to the radio! America SCORES uses soccer and poetry to help young “poet-athletes” discover the benefits of working together as a team, the joy of physical activity, and the fun in reading and writing. Tune to 91.7 KALWn Monday through Friday at 7:49am to hear these young people read their poems or listen to past recordings online
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews