SFUSD Summer Guide

SFUSD Summer Guide

Here comes summer! In this Summer 2020 Resource Guide, SFUSD brings together resources and information to help families learn about summer opportunities. We encourage families to stay safe, stay healthy, stay active, and read! 

Did you know all SFUSD students have a San Francisco Public Library card called the “Scholar Card”? With your SF Scholar Card, you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and comics for free from Hoopla. To activate your card, email info@sfpl.org from your SFUSD email address.

Click on the items below for information on summer resources and programming.

Food Access During the Summer

Grab & Go meal sites will continue throughout the summer!  Free meals will be available to all children. No changes to days/locations in June; there might be shifts for July and August.

More information at sfusd.edu/schoolfood

Wellness Support During the Summer

The SFUSD Family Resource Link is a new project to help students and families navigate all of the SFUSD resources. Students and families can access the Family Resource Link in three ways:

*Hours of operation for the phone will be Monday through Friday from 9 am - 1 pm. Callers can still leave a voicemail at all hours.

Content experts from district departments will respond to a variety of questions including but not limited to: 

  • Technology
  • Student Enrollment 
  • Special Education 
  • Food & Nutrition 
  • Physical & Mental Wellness (Teachers and district staff may also talk to a School Social Worker or School District Nurse on the link line to consult about a student  or family who may need support)

Digital Learning Resources

Getting Set for Learning:

Learning Apps:

  • These Applications (accessed at Clever.sfusd.edu) are available for use during Summer 2020. See a list of all district-approved tools on the Digital Backpack website.
  • Learn about Clever Resources for Families and explore learning tools that are in your child’s digital backpack.
  • Reading and Writing: Digital resources for reading 
  • K-2 requesting A to Z / RAZ KIDS 
  • K-5 MyON 
  •  3rd-12th grade Newsela 
  • Wonders (McGraw Hill App) for reading, phonics, and vocabulary. 
  • For writing and responding to reading 
    • Google slides, google docs, read/write google extension 
  • Phonics: F&P PSWS, or structured Literacy  Wilson and Fundations  with Seesaw or Jamboard 

6th - 12th Grade Student Learning Activities

  • Read a book, newspaper, or article of your choice
  • Check out the new SFUSD 2020 Recommended Summer Reading Lists!
  • With your SF Library Card, you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and comics for free from Hoopla. Don’t have a SF Library card? All SFUSD students automatically have a library card, called the “Scholar Card”.  To activate your Scholar Card, email info@sfpl.org from your SFUSD address. 
  • Log in to Newsela! Newsela gives students unlimited access to more than 20 genres of content at 5 different reading levels.
    • Sign in to Newsela through the SFUSD Digital Backpack by visiting: http://clever.sfusd.edu
    • Sign in by selecting Log in with Google and use your SFUSD email and password.  Once signed in, click on the blue square Newsela icon in Clever (you may have to scroll down). 
    • Guidance for troubleshooting Newsela login is here. (Spanish)
  • Fill out an Independent Reading Log for each day.

Language Development 

  • In addition to reading independently and writing a diary or journal often, below are some ways to practice oral language and to learn how English works:
  • Practice English or a Language other than English on an digital app: 
    • Rosetta Stone is free through the public library 
    • DuoLingo can be downloaded on a Smartphone
    • Babbel is another language learning app with a paid subscription
  • Quill.org provides free English writing and grammar activities for students of all grade levels and ages
  • ELL BrainPop is an online program for English language practice.
  • Watch TV shows in English (or the language you are studying) with a language buddy. Discuss the show with your buddy after you watch it!
  • Imagine Learning (Until July 31st) reading, phonics
  • Wonders ELD (McGraw Hill App) for reading, phonics, and vocabulary. 


History/Social Studies

Other Learning Activities

Health/Wellness Resources 

To find resources that support children’s social and emotional well-being, explore K-5 Social Emotional Learning Resources and Activities and 6-12 Social Emotional Learning Resources and Activities.

Technology Devices

  • Students keep borrowed technology over the summer - except for graduating seniors and students leaving SFUSD - and can use them for summer engagement to support learning and connection
    • School drop off in June
    • Summer collection days 
  • Hotspot internet service will remain active for educational/connection purposes over the summer
  • Families should plan to bring technology back to school in the fall 
  • SFUSD will not be fulfilling new technology requests or exchanging non-functioning devices over the summer. Visit sfusd.edu/device later this summer for information about technology access for the 2020-2021 school year.

Have more questions? Check out the Technology Family Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Fun and Free Activities

Take A Break! Podcasts are a great way to engage without the screen!

  • Take your elementary student on a listening journey with Kids Listen
  • Top 10 Podcasts with Young Adult content for your teen or pre-teen
  • Cosmic Kids offers videos for PK-4th grade students to do Yoga, Mindfulness, Dance and more
  • ParentTeen Connect: Videos, resources, and useful advice to help teens and the adults in their lives address hot-button topics

Staying Active! Easy ways to keep your body fit and moving!

Mighty Mind! Is your child attending summer camp at home? Keep their minds moving!

Healthy Habits! Encouraging healthy habits for students can be simple and fun!

Staying Connected! Make sure you’re still connected to your friends and loved ones!

SFUSD Summer Programs (EED)

Beginning June 8th EED will provide summer programming to  50+ PreK classrooms that serve students ages 2.9-5 years old  and 70+ OST classrooms that serve students grade TK-5th grade for summer enrichment.

For TK - Grade 5th Out of School Time (OST) children that are already enrolled in the OST program, we are providing virtual/distance learning support for students in Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5.  For our TK, K, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students, we are providing non-virtual support via learning packets

Please note that the Summer Packets will be distributed the last week of June and Early July  2020.  Here is more information re: summer programs.

EED PreK Summer Program dates are:

Session 1: Monday, June 8, 2020 - Friday, July 10, 2020 (5 Weeks)
Session 2: Monday, July 13 - Friday, August 14, 2020 (5 weeks)

EED TK - Grade 5 OST Summer Program dates are:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Friday, August 14, 2020

Link to Summer Packet for PK - Gr. 2 OST: EED Summer Resources PK - Gr. 2


SFUSD Summer Programs (PK-8)

All programs will be held virtually:

  • Bootstrap/ Computer Science For English Language Learners and Targeted Youth June 8 - June 30.  Sites conducted targeted outreach to enroll students.  
  • Migrant Ed Program PK-8.  Targeted outreach and enrollment for all Migrant students living in San Francisco.
  • Indian Ed Program PK-8. Targeted outreach and enrollment for all Native American students living in San Francisco.

SFUSD Summer Programs (9-12)

All programs will be held virtually:

  • Credit Recovery will be held from June 10 - July 15.  Priority is given to graduating Seniors.  Students may email exls@sfusd.edu for more information.
  • Early College at CCSF has enrolled students into CCSF classes for the summer.  School sites provided the information to their students and students applied for the opportunity.  For more information please email earlycollege@sfusd.edu
  • The Pre-Educator Pipeline this summer will enroll SFUSD students into a Child Development Course and prepare them for internships working with PK-8 grade students.
  • CTE/ College and Career Pathways has an automotive course and a construction course for students who would like to earn 2.5 High School credits and explore those career paths.
  • Targeted EL classes with priority given to Seniors.  The classes will be held from June 8 - July 15 and offer students the opportunity to continue enriching their English skills while earning high school credits.
  • Geometry (Accelerated) will be held from June 9 - July 17 for students.  This program offers targeted youth an opportunity to earn first time Geometry credit. For any questions please contact summergeometry@sfusd.edu
  • AVID Health is a program for students who are rising 9th graders and enrolled in the AVID program.  Through this 2.5 week program students will earn first time Health credit.
  • Summerbridge in partnership with YCD rising 9th graders will have an opportunity to earn high school credit and learn valuable high school preparedness skills.  Please email exls@sfusd.edu with any questions.

Black Star Rising will be offered this year for rising 9th grade African American students.  Students will earn high school credit and learn valuable STEM skills.  Please email blackstarsummer@sfusd.edu with any questions.

SFUSD Summer Programs (SpED)

Extended School Year (ESY) is an extension of existing IEP services during the summer recess to assist a student in maintaining skills on goals and objectives from their current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). ESY eligibility and appropriate services are determined by the IEP team.


  • Virtual Instruction though Zoom and accessible online software accessible in the SFUSD Clever Portal
  • Hands-on work packets to be mailed
  • Related Services eligible students will have services in line with Distance Learning Plan


  • June 10 - July 7 (PK, elementary & middle school)
  • June 10 - July 15 (high school & Access)


  • Assignment letters were sent to families via Prior Written Notice (PWN) through email and/or mail

If you have questions, please contact:  esy@sfusd.edu 

For additional information: ESY FAQ

Programming outside of SFUSD

Summer Programs and Internships for M.S. and H.S. Age Students

  • UCSF H.E.A.L. Girls Teleheal Group for 12-17 year olds living in SF is a 6 week telehealth group to provide general support and wellness, social support, and helpful thinking for girls. Sign up by June 12. 
  • LYRIC Paid internship for 14-24 year olds- Sequoia Leadership Institute program's "Summer in the City" & "UndocuWorkforce" "for youth to learn about social justice, hone their leadership skills, develop job readiness skills, and build community" For more information, click here: http://lyric.org/youth-internships/
  • Girls on the Mic- 8 week session from June 15-August 7 for 11-18 year old girls and gender non-binary students. Sign up here
  • JobsNOW! Training Program- The Community Ambassadors Program (CAP) is a community safety and neighborhood engagement job training program for ages 18 and older.

CBO- Specific Information

DPH, in collaboration with members of the Wellness Initiative and others, created this website for youth during COVID-19. https://sf.gov/covid19youthservices