Technology Resources for Families
San Francisco Unified School District’s distance learning for all plan calls for students to engage in learning and make academic progress when they are not physically present in schools. This is accomplished using a variety of digital and print resources, and differentiated modes of interaction with teachers (and peers, when possible). How educators engage students in distance learning is informed by the student’s access to technology, reliable wifi, language proficiency and specific learning needs.
Distribution of student technology and instructional materials is foundational to providing students with access to the resources they will need to successfully engage in distance learning. This year, the distribution of needed technology and instructional materials provides an access point for connection, a way for school staff to check in with families and welcome them “back to school.”
For distance learning in the fall, SFUSD has loaned Chromebook devices and Internet hotspots for students in grades PK-12 who need technology to engage in distance learning. Technology distribution prioritizes students who NEED technology, NOT every student. At the beginning of the year, schools distributed technology to families who needed it, along with instructional materials and resources.
If you need to borrow technology, please fill out the Fall 2020 Technology Request Form. Your school(s) will contact you to share opportunities for you to receive needed technology. For more information, visit sfusd.edu/device.
Beginning Monday, October 5th, families will need to complete the Online Technology Request Form, available in ParentVUE, to submit their request for a new device or exchange. To do so, families must have an active Family Portal (ParentVUE) account.
- If you haven’t activated yet, please contact your school site for an activation key and follow the steps at sfusd.edu/activate
- Login to your ParentVUE account at portal.sfusd.edu, and click on “Online Forms.”
- You can find step-by-step instructions for completing the Online Technology Request Form and a recorded video example at bit.ly/SFUSDtechrequestguide
Digital Learning and Online Platforms for Students
Digital learning in SFUSD takes place online through a learning management system. A Learning Management System (LMS) is an application used as an online learning classroom or hub. It is where teachers can post and receive assignments, provide ongoing feedback to students, and communicate learning back to families. Seesaw is SFUSD’s official LMS for grades PK-2, while Google Classroom is our LMS for grades 3-12.
In addition to accessing learning through management systems like Google Classroom and Seesaw, the SFUSD Digital Backpack is a collection of district-approved tools that have been vetted for safety and privacy. Backpacks are personalized for each student based on their school and grade. Everything is accessed from clever.sfusd.edu using a district-provided Google email account. Students need only to click the “Log in with Google” button using the student’s SFUSD Google ID and password (or K-2 students can use scannable badges to log in). SFUSD Google accounts and badges are accessible through SFUSD’s Family Portal, ParentVue, and Student Portal, StudentVue.
When students log into an SFUSD Chromebook or the Chrome browser from any device with their SFUSD email and password, they can easily access SFUSD’s core digital learning platforms from the SFUSD Student Technology Resources site.
New: Update Your Emergency Contact Info Online!
Families are now able to complete the Emergency Card form online through ParentVUE. Through the online emergency card form, families can update their student’s health information, emergency contacts, and upload health forms and immunization records. Families are also able to update their contact information including their phone number, email address, and mailing address.
Note: If you already submitted a paper emergency card to your school, no further action is required. A step-by-step guide on how to complete the Emergency Card Form Online is posted in sfusd.edu/parentvue.
Need help with your district-issued Chromebook?
SFUSD is working to set up a technology helpline for students. Please be patient as we build this support system out. If you have questions about your district-issued Chromebook or accessing SFUSD systems, contact:
SFUSD Student and Family Resource Link at 415.340.1716