March 23, 2020 - Staff Digest

March 23, 2020

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Dear SFUSD Staff:

As a reminder we will be sending regular updates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our goal is to consistently update you with new information, celebrate our collective bright spots, and share resources as we work together to adjust to the many changes in our lives and our work. We will of course continue to send any time-sensitive updates immediately.

Please remember to check the newly posted staffing FAQ, which addresses many staff questions. Please also continue to send personnel-related questions to 


  • Technology Access to Support Distance Learning: While schools are temporarily closed, SFUSD is working to ensure students, specifically students in grades 3-12, have access to technology in support of continuous learning to the greatest extent possible. On Wednesday more information on how families can request to borrow a computer from the district will be available.
  • SF Playgrounds Closed: The SF Recreation and Park Department is reminding residents that all playgrounds are currently CLOSED to the public. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and practice social distancing.
  • Free Meals for Families: SFUSD is providing free meals to all children 18 and younger during the school closure at 20 sites. Families can pick up breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruit, vegetables and milk to take home.

    No identification or proof of school enrollment is required. If possible, families are asked to pick up meals with a child present but no one will be turned away. SFUSD can now give student meals to an adult family member even without a child present thanks to donations received to cover the costs. Also, this week more fresh items are available in our pick-up meals: bagels & cream cheese, waffles, turkey & cheese sandwiches, and more.
  • Standardized Tests: Governor Gavin Newsom announced last week that California is canceling all required assessments for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, pending federal approval of a waiver from standardized testing requirements. The U.S. Department of Education announced last Friday it will grant waivers to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing crisis.
  • Board of Education Meetings - Public Comments Process: Consistent with the Mayor and Governor’s direction to shelter in place and limit public gatherings to only those that are essential, the Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 24th at 11:00 am and its agenda will be limited to only essential business. In lieu of appearing in person, members of the public may submit their written comments by email to Esther Casco and staff will read the comments into the record. Please note that the Board will allocate no more than 2 minutes per submission. The Board reserves the right to further limit public comment.

Tips for Working Remotely

Did you remember to stretch today? Check out these helpful tips for maintaining posture while working in a new environment and more.

Wellness Tip

Need a virtual escape from the indoors? Take 10 minutes to try this guided meditation from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Bright Spot

Mayor London Breed announced relief for San Francisco artists.