3.1 Family and Community Partnership

Family and Community Partnership

SFUSD welcomes and encourages our students’ parents, guardians and caregivers to be directly involved in your children’s education.  We know that families are the first and most influential teachers, and consistent family involvement helps all children to do better in school.  

The District’s strategic plan identifies implementing SFUSD’s Standards for Family Partnerships and Empowerment as one of our six priorities to support student success. These standards aim to ensure that families are welcome in our schools, have the information they need to be partners in their children’s education, and are included in decision-making at their children’s schools.  You can find these Standards on the district’s website on the page for Community Schools & Family Partnerships.

Family Partnerships

The Community Schools & Family Partnerships Office provides support to school sites, families, district staff, and community partners to create strong partnerships to support students through the following activities:

  • Family Partnership Office provides training and workshops and technical assistance to school sites and district offices to deepen our collective capacity to partner with families in support of student success. The SFUSD Family Partnership Model can be found at: sfusdfamilypartnerships.org. For additional information, please contact:

Family Partnership Office
20 Cook Street 
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-750-4500
Fax: 415-750-8653
Email: familypartnerships@sfusd.edu

  • In addition to volunteering and participating at your school, there are many valuable ways to be involved and support your children’s education!  To learn more speak with your school’s teachers, family liaison, parent leaders or principal, or go to the Family Partnership Resources page.

SFUSD Family Resource Link

The SFUSD Family Resource Link is a project to help families navigate all of the SFUSD resources available to them. Families can access the Family Resource Link in three ways:

  1. Go to familylink.sfusd.edu to complete an online request form
  2. Email request at familylink@sfusd.edu
  3. Call (415) 340-1716. Hours of operation for the phone will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Callers can still leave a voicemail at all hours.

Special Education Ombudsperson

The SFUSD Special Education Ombudsperson is the family, community and staff liaison for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  The Ombudsman's office can: 

  • Assist parents and guardians in navigating Special Education Services and when they have concerns regarding special education services for their children at school sites or districtwide. 
  • Provide training to SFUSD and San Francisco community stakeholders, such as Navigating Special Education Services, IEP 101, Engaging and Empowering SFUSD Families, Effective Communication between Special Education Families and Educators, and other issues related to special education services and families.   
  • Address the need for educational surrogate assignment (the Ombudsperson is the educational surrogate coordinator for the district, which matches students in need of representation with volunteers to help advocate for their educational needs.)

For information and help navigating Special Education Services please contact:

SFUSD Special Education Services 
555 Franklin Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102  
Phone: (415) 759-2222

Community Partnerships Office

The Community Partnerships Office provides support to school sites, families, district staff, and community partners to create strong partnerships to support students through the following activities:

  • Community Partnerships Network: provides tools and technical assistance to schools, district staff and community organizations, to make the most of their partnerships to support student success.  
  • Support in completing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): this office provides training and technical assistance

Community Partnerships Office
555 Franklin Street, 1st Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 241-6185 
Email: partnerships@sfusd.edu