In-Person/Hybrid Learning Plans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In-Person/Hybrid Learning Plans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last updated September 1, 2020

When will SFUSD be ready to bring students back for in-person learning?

We’re considering the State and the City and County public health context as well as SFUSD’s context in determining when we are ready to re-open for Phase 2 Hybrid. 

  • The City needs to meet the CADPH Health Indicators for Tier 2 on the State’s Re-Opening Framework for 14 consecutive days. A county may be more restrictive than this framework. 
  • SFUSD needs to have a staff testing plan; staff who will be working in-person will need to be trained; students and families informed; schools need a minimum of 3 months of PPE; and labor agreements need to be in place.

What must schools do to be approved for in person when in Tier 2 - which considers community transmission to be “substantial”?

  • Ability to accommodate face covering wearing at all times (e.g. eating and drinking would require removal of face covering)
  • Ability to physically distance between individuals from different households
  • Ability to limit the number of people per square foot
  • Ability to limit duration of exposure
  • Ability to limit amount of mixing of people from differing households and communities
  • Ability to limit amount of physical interactions of visitors/patrons
  • Ability to optimize ventilation (e.g. indoor vs outdoor, air exchange and filtration)
  • Ability to limit activities that are known to cause increased spread (e.g. singing, shouting, heavy breathing; loud environs will cause people to raise voice)

What is the district's plan to reopen now that elementary schools can apply to do so?

SFUSD has been preparing for a gradual return to hybrid instructional model focusing first on our youngest students in grades PK-2, students in moderate/severe special day classes as well as homeless and foster youth and those who have shown the lowest overall online engagement.

What are SFUSD’s criteria for reopening schools?

The City needs to meet certain public health indicators for 14 consecutive days. For SFUSD, several additional factors will need to be in place, including: 

  • an adequate testing plan 
  • staff training
  • students and families informed of protocols 
  • minimum of 3 months of PPE for all participating staff and students 
  • labor agreements

Will you need a nurse at every school site?

When we open in hybrid, not every school will necessarily be open. While we will need staff to support a variety of health and safety measures, we do not need a school nurse at every site unless public health guidelines specify that we do.

Is there a timeline for when families can expect to know if their child can return to an in-person learning option?

Given all of the conditions that need to be met, it will take some time before SFUSD begins a hybrid model.

Do school facilities have proper ventilation?

We have a range of ventilation conditions in our schools and some facilities rely on HVAC systems more than others. Some have windows that open and some, by design, do not. There are annual walk-throughs of school facilities and an ongoing bond program to maintain our school facilities.

Does SFUSD have enough PPE (masks, soap, hand sanitizer, etc.)?

We have a PPE dashboard and are overall well supplied at this time.

Would you need to have an MOU with the teachers union before you begin to implement Hybrid? If so, what is your timeline?

We have regular meetings with UESF, the teachers union. SFUSD’s current MOU outlines distance learning working conditions. We will be discussing an MOU for this next phase of hybrid in-person learning at upcoming meetings. The timeline for getting to an agreement is not predefined as it requires negotiation and may possibly require several meetings.