Student Assignment Policy Community Workshops

Thank You to Our Community Partners

SFUSD would like to thank our community partners who co-hosted workshops with us and provided invaluable support. Your ongoing partnership makes it possible to reach and give voice to diverse families across San Francisco.

2nd District PTA
African American Parent Advisory Committee
Buena Vista Horace Mann Community School Shelter
Chinese Parent Advisory Council
First 5 San Francisco
Foster Family Advocates
Latino Task Force
Mission Graduates
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Matua (Parent) Advisory Committee
Samoan Community Development Center
San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education
SF Parents Coalition
SFUSD Community Advisory Committee for Special Education
SFUSD Early Education Department
SFUSD Parent Advisory Council
Wu Yee Children's Services

Workshop Materials

Workshop Dates, Times and Locations

The Fall 2021 workshops have concluded. Please check back in Fall 2022 for our next series of community feedback opportunities.

SFUSD is changing our student assignment policy for elementary schools starting in 2024-25. We will be using zones and diversity factors to assign TK-5th grade students. You have an opportunity to influence how these zones and diversity factors are created. Please join us at a workshop to share your input.

Your input will influence how zones for all SFUSD elementary schools are drawn. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 

7-8:30pm
 

Co-host: 2nd District PTA

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Thursday, October 21, 2021 

5:30-7:30pm

Co-host: African American Parent Advisory Council
 

Zoom

In English, open to all families of African American students

Saturday, October 23, 2021

3-4:30pm
 

Presented as part of the SFUSD Virtual Enrollment Fair

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

6-7:30pm
 

Co-host: SF Parents Coalition

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Thursday, November 4, 2021
6-8pm
 

Co-host: Parent Advisory Council

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Friday, November 12, 2021

12-1:30pm
 

Co-host: Mission Graduates

Facebook Live

In Spanish with English interpretation

Monday, November 15, 2021

10:30am - 12pm
 

Co-host: Wu Yee Children’s Services

Zoom

In Cantonese with English interpretation

Thursday, November 18, 2021

5-6:30pm

Co-host: Samoan Community Development Center

Zoom

In English with Samoan interpretation

Thursday, November 18, 2021

6:30 – 7:30pm

Co-host: Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Open to families with special needs

 

Monday, November 29, 2021

11 AM-12:30 PM
 

Co-host: Latino Taskforce

In-Person at 1601 Lane St, San Francisco


In Spanish with English interpretation

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

12:30-1:30pm

Co-host: First 5 San Francisco & Office of Early Care and Education

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

5:30-7pm

Co-host: SFUSD Early Education Department

Zoom

In English with interpretation upon request

Thursday, December 2, 2021

7:00 – 9:00pm
 

Co-host: Chinese Parent Advisory Council

Zoom - Register

In Cantonese

More workshops will be added, so please check back regularly!

Frequently Asked Questions about Workshops

Who should attend these workshops?

All are welcome! Current, future and former SFUSD families, community partners and members of the public should join to influence the future of public education in San Francisco. 

Anyone who is interested in shaping the new elementary school zones is encouraged to participate. Unless otherwise noted for the specific event, all are welcome!

Why should I attend a workshop?

Because your input matters. New elementary school zones will significantly change how students are assigned to schools in SFUSD. You have an opportunity to shape how those zones are drawn by participating in these workshops.

How do I sign up?

  • Please register using this form: bit.ly/SAworkshopsreg. We will email you the meeting link after you register. 
  • We will be using Zoom. Join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. For help on how to use Zoom, please see this article [link].
  • Workshops will be 90 minutes long and we ask that you attend for the entire workshop.

What will I do at a workshop?

At these workshops, we will:

  • Share why we are changing the policy, and explain the policy’s goals of diversity, proximity, and predictability.
  • Ask for your input to help us draft zones that will be shared for public comment in Spring 2022
  • Our workshops are interactive! You will receive information, and we will also ask you to share your thoughts.

What if I need language interpretation or American Sign Language?

Please use the registration form to request interpretation or American Sign Language at the workshops. All written workshop materials will be translated into Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Samoan and posted on our website.

What if I can’t attend any of the workshops at the listed days and times?

We will be adding additional workshop dates soon, so check back regularly! If none of the workshops fit your schedule, you can still register at https://bit.ly/SAworkshopsreg to receive an informational handout, slide deck, and survey to give your input or to ask us questions.

Where can I go to learn more?

  • You can find all information related to SFUSD’s student assignment policy change at sfusd.edu/studentassignment
  • You can tune in to Ad Hoc Committee meetings on Student Assignment, where staff, Board members, and members of the public come together to track our progress. Find more information at Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment.

Past Community Workshops

2020 Community Information Sessions

In Spring 2020 SFUSD staff gathered community feedback on the Board’s policy goals and three potential concepts for a new elementary school assignment system. SFUSD conducted this community engagement process in partnership with Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco (PPS SF). In total, the Community Engagement Team organized 12 community workshops, 11 meetings with community groups and city agencies, and tabling at 10 locations. 

Five key themes came up consistently throughout this engagement.

  • Quality Schools: Above all, families want to send their children to high quality schools and expressed that student assignment would not be as important if all schools were considered high quality. Families expressed that resource inequities contribute to unevenness in perceived quality and suggested solutions to distribute resources more equitably.
  • Choice: Families recognize that choice can be inequitable and can harm schools that are perceived as being less desirable. At the same time, many families want to be able to choose a school that works for them.
  • Distrust: Many African American and Latinx families were distrustful of the process and motivations for redesigning the current student assignment system. Families raised serious concerns that a proximity based assignment system would be unfair and would harm those with the least resources.
  • Proximity: All else equal, most families would prefer to send their children to school close to home. However, many felt that school quality is inequitably distributed throughout the city and would not want to send their child to a neighborhood school unless they viewed it as a high quality school.
  • Anxiety About Boundaries: Many workshop participants found it difficult to give feedback without knowing what the boundaries would look like.

A full report detailing our findings is available for reading: Spring 2020 Community Engagement Report.

2020 Community Workshop Materials

  • Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 PM: Community Info Session in English with Interpretation (Slides)
  • Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 PM: Community Info Session in Cantonese (Slides)
  • Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 PM: Community Info Session in Spanish (Slides)
  • Saturday, November 7 at 3:00 PM: Community Info Session in English with Interpretation (part of the SFUSD Virtual Enrollment Fair)

2020 Community Workshop Partners

Community Workshop Co-hosts

  • African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC)
  • Buchanan YMCA
  • Children’s Council San Francisco
  • Chinatown YMCA
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
  • Community Well
  • Community Youth Center (CYC)
  • Family and Children Empowerment Services - San Francisco (FACES SF)
  • Mission Graduates
  • Mo’ Magic
  • Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.)
  • Second District PTA
  • Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
  • Urban Ed Academy
  • Urban Services YMCA
  • Wu Yee Children’s Services

Other partners

  • African American Art and Culture Complex
  • Betty Ann Ong Rec Center
  • Coleman Advocates
  • Ella Hill Hutch Community Center
  • Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program Executive Advisory Council
  • HOPE SF
  • Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Parent Advisory Council
  • PPS SF Latino Parent Club
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • SFUSD’s Early Education Department
  • Starr King Elementary School
  • Stevenson Elementary School
  • Willie Brown Middle School

This page was last updated on May 12, 2022