Phase 2A Family Registration Survey Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Phase 2A Family Registration Survey - Frequently Asked Questions

What happens next for families in Phase 2A if they confirm they would like to return?

Families in Phase 2A who confirm they would like to return to in-person learning will receive the following:

  • A placement letter with the return date
  • School schedule information
  • Forms to return and additional health and safety information
  • An invitation to attend an orientation session to learn more about health and safety practices

The above information will be sent to these families at least 10 days prior to the intended start date.

Will families in Phase 2A who don’t get the email with their personalized survey link still be able to fill out the commitment survey?

Yes, we want to hear from every family with a student in a Phase 2A group. Phase 2A families who don’t get the email will be able to respond to the commitment survey. SFUSD will be providing school site coordinated care teams with a list of families who do not have an email address on file in the student information system and someone from the school site where the student is enrolled will reach out to those families. In addition, daily updates will be provided to school sites regarding the responses from families and care teams will reach out to those families who do not respond to the survey.

How will the information in the survey be used? Does answering “yes” guarantee in-person learning for my child?

We will use this information to plan for the staffing, classroom space, and other important resources for in-person learning. If you indicate you would like your child to participate in in-person learning, you will be offered a space when all of our readiness indicators have been met. Every effort will be made to prioritize students attending in-person at the school in which they are enrolled; however, locations and instructors may change depending on the number of students and the staff who elect to return to in-person and other important safety considerations.

What if I choose “No” to in-person learning?

If you select “No”, meaning you are choosing NOT to send your child to in-person learning, you will continue with distance learning. SFUSD will not hold a placement for your child for the first phase of in-person learning. 

What if I choose “Yes” to in-person learning but then decide I do not want to send my child to in-person learning?

We understand that circumstances change. Please know that you may decide at any time to withdraw your choice to return to in-person learning. If you choose to continue distance learning and decide at a later date that you would like to return to in-person learning, SFUSD will offer an in-person placement when one becomes available again.

When will other families have a chance to share their preferences for remote or in-person learning?

SFUSD is planning a gradual reopening and has identified focal populations for the first phases of reopening. We cannot safely invite all students to return to in-person learning at the same time. This is because we need to adhere to social distancing and other safety guidelines and ensure schools and classrooms are equipped with the necessary safety materials. These efforts take time and resources to roll out and safety is not something we want to compromise. All families received a detailed survey during the fall planning process and families of students not included in Phase 2A will be surveyed again at the beginning of the new year. 

I received a survey and letter for one of my children but not for my other child. Why did this happen? What should I do?

SFUSD is planning to offer an in-person learning option for children who are part of a grade/program that is included in the Phase 2A student group. If you have multiple children in SFUSD, please note that only those who are in the Phase 2A student groups will currently be offered an in-person placement option. You will receive a unique survey for each child enrolled in SFUSD who is part of a Phase 2A student group.

When does in-person learning begin for Phase 2A?

In-person learning will gradually launch and dates are subject to change depending on many factors, including the public health guidance related to opening schools for in-person learning. SFUSD will be aiming to adjust the target date and return to in-person learning once all actions in the district's dashboard have been completed

What health and safety measures will be in place if my child returns to in-person learning?

We continue to put protocols in place to help ensure safe in-person learning environments. We invite you to learn more about the safety protocols SFUSD has established and what will be expected of students and staff when their school re-opens. These include the following:

  • Promoting behaviors that reduce spread (e.g., staying home when sick, daily health screenings, getting tested when recommended, physical distancing, washing hands and wearing face coverings) 
  • Maintaining healthy environments (e.g., ensuring proper ventilation, regular testing, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces) 
  • Maintaining healthy operations (e.g., staggering schedules, keeping students in small groups) 
  • Preparing for when someone gets sick (e.g., contact tracing, notifications)

How do I decide whether or not to send my child to in-person learning?

Deciding whether or not to send your child to school for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic can be challenging. According to the Centers for Disease Control, some children may be at increased risk of getting COVID-19 or may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For these children, parents and caregivers may need to take additional precautionswith regard to school re-entry.

We will not reopen any schools until we can implement all health and safety measures recommended by the SF Department of Public Health. We continue to prioritize the health and safety of students and staff as we prepare for in-person learning.

What happens if I do not return the survey by December 11?

Timely responses allow us to plan more accurately. If you do not fill out the survey by the deadline this may impact your school’s ability to plan to serve the number of students who will be returning and may delay SFUSD’s ability to offer you a placement. 

Why is the survey so short?

The survey is meant to gather immediate input to support planning. We kept the survey short to ensure we are only asking you for the information we most need to know at this time.

Why did I receive one survey but another parent I spoke with received a different survey?

For families in Phase 2A,  some surveys are different depending on your child’s grade and program.  This short survey is meant to capture input from families to support immediate planning for in-person learning at the schools that are part of Phase 2A.