Reopening Planning for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
As of July 15, 2020
Please read the 2020 - 2021 Reopening Planning document.
The San Francisco School (SFS) remains cautiously optimistic about returning to campus for the 2020-2021 school year. Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, our preferred scenario is to have students physically present on campus for the 2020-21 school year. School provides critical academic instruction and social development that is difficult to effectively impart online over an extended period of time. The School has been guided by the California Department of Education, the California Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health (SFDPH) to make this decision. SFS is in strict adherence to the SFDPH guidelines, ensuring the greatest safety for the greatest number of people, and maximizing the wellbeing of our community.
Over the last six months, the scientific and medical community have developed much greater knowledge regarding transmission of the coronavirus and strategies to mitigate it. Children and adolescents appear to be less likely to become infected or to spread infection. At the same time, it is critical that we create a safe environment for our adult staff who are at higher risk than students.
SFS is fortunate in that its size and resources make it possible to have all students on campus every day in compliance with health and safety protocols. Because of our class sizes and facilities, we can accommodate our staff and students in a manner that maximizes physical distance and adheres to the SFDPH guidelines for reopening. We have the means to procure additional space and provide facilities enhancements, medical staffing, and counseling support.
Of course, no single action or set of actions will completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The success of the summer session to date has been inspiring and reassuring that health and safety protocols will be possible for wider adoption. However, given the unpredictable course of the COVID-19 epidemic, please know that we will likely need to alter our methods as circumstances change. If at any time, state and local authorities change their recommendations for schools, SFS will comply with the new regulations to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Posted July 15, 2020