June 24, 2020 - Staff Digest

June 24, 2020

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Dear SFUSD Staff:

As we continue to look ahead to fall 2020, please know that we are committed to listening to all of the voices in the SFUSD community. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to respond to surveys and share your experiences and suggestions in other ways. I hope you can join us for either of two staff Town Halls the week of July 6. I appreciate your commitment to working together to create supportive solutions for our students, families and staff.


Virtual Town Halls - Give Input on Fall Learning Plans

Our community is working together to shape what fall learning will look like for SFUSD students. We would like your input. We also know you have questions, and we'll do our best to answer them.

Town Halls for Families, Students, Staff and Community Partners will be held throughout the week of July 6th. See schedule and instructions to join. All you need to join is a device (phone or computer) with internet access. Meetings will be hosted on YouTube Live and participants will be able to share input and questions through ThoughtExchange. Visit sfusd.edu/townhalls for more information. 

Free Thermometer Give-Away June 29 for SFUSD Families to Help Track Health Symptoms

SFUSD, in partnership with Kinsa Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF), is giving away free thermometers. Health symptoms can be tracked on a smartphone app connected to the thermometers.

Thermometers will be distributed to families during the Free Meal Distribution at 19 school sites at a one-day event on Monday, June 29. One thermometer will be given to each household. Support will be available at the time of pick up for downloading and using the Kinsa Health app.

Free COVID-19 Testing 

Do you have symptoms? Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days? You can get tested for free. You do not need insurance. See locations and register here for free testing.

Waiting Pool for School Year 2020-21

The Wait Pool period opened on June 15th and it will run through August 12. There are three options to apply:

Open Enrollment Begins at 8:00 am on July 6, 2020 

Open Enrollment is a first-come, first-serve process where students can enroll immediately into a school. This process is ONLY available for schools with open seats and zero Wait Pool requests.

Due to COVID-19, in-person enrollment is not possible. Parents enroll by completing an online Open Enrollment Form using a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The form will be posted here, so please check back on July 6.

If you cannot get online, you can get help with completing the form by calling the Educational Placement Center at 415-241-6085 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on July 6, 7, and 8. Staff will help you complete the form over the phone. If you need an enrollment counseling appointment, sign up here.

Health and Wellness

HealSF has a helpful list of mental health resources for parents/ caregivers including:

  • TALK LINE: 415-441-KIDS (5437)
  • National Parent Helpline: 1-855-427-2736: Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm PDT (Monday - Friday)

The School Health Programs Resource Guide provides a list of resources available from our city and community based organization partners around academics, health, employment, childcare and more.Go to https://www.dcyf.org/care for information on citywide summer camps, programs and childcare.

Bright Spot

There was a gift bag giveaway yesterday and today for SFUSD's 310 African American graduates! Bags included a Kente Cloth, gift cards, T-shirts and more. A big thanks to the African American Art & Cultural Complex, SF Alliance of Black School Educators, Coleman Advocates, AAPAC, and others for celebrating the class of 2020.

Warm regards,
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews