San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) Releases Interim Guidance for Schools
Reopening is contingent on the containment of COVID-19 in the community and the authorization of the San Francisco Health Officer. The interim guidance outlines the health and safety practices needed to safely resume in-person, on-site instruction and extracurricular activities at TK-12 schools. Additionally, the document includes specific actions schools should take to respond to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
The guidance emphasizes required use of face coverings to minimize dispersion of droplets and aerosols that carry the virus. Additionally, it recommends stable student cohorts, physical distancing, maximizing outdoor space and limiting non-essential staff and visitors to prevent COVID-19 transmission, as well as measures regarding handwashing, healthy hygiene practices, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
This guide is one tool that we will use to design our plans. School buildings could not reopen until a formal health directive is issued.
Racial Justice Resources
We’ve added more resources for talking with children about race and social justice for families to explore race and social justice. Here are some highlights:
FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH:
- Check out this awesome animated, Oscar-winning short film, “Hair Love,” from Matthew A. Cherry. It tells the story of a Black father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
- To translate both videos, please hover over the video, until you see the toolbar. Click on “CC” to turn on closed captioning. Then click the gear icon for “Settings,” scroll to and click “Subtitles/CC,” and then click “Auto-translate.” From there, you can scroll through the list of languages, and choose your preferred language.
- A Letter to White America. YouTube video: “an invitation to not only create something better than we have ever known but to be something better as well.”
Tonight, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. join a Family Town Hall in English with interpretation available. Tomorrow, July 9, we are holding a Student Town Hall and a Family Town Hall for Spanish-speaking families. View the full schedule and learn how to join. You can view the recording of last night’s SFUSD Cantonese Town Hall for Families on YouTube.