Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen if someone tests positive?
Department of Public Health (DPH) is finalizing their protocols for this, and we will follow these. We will share more information when we have it from DPH, but families can be certain that we will scrupulously implement all the steps required for our community’s safety.
Will there be wellness checks or testing instituted for staff and students?
DPH is working to establish requirements for screening, with which we will certainly comply. In preparation for these requirements from DPH, we are evaluating two models: a daily family verification of lack of symptoms before arrival and/or some form of onsite check.
Will everyone be required to wear masks?
DPH and other authorities have made clear that masks are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Regulations about wearing masks are changing. Per DPH right now:
- Ages 3-12, masks are recommended but not required; masks are not recommended for children who are sleeping.
- Ages 13 & up, masks are required
We are exploring teacher mask options that may make it easier for students to see teachers’ mouths, especially in Italian and Spanish classes for our younger students. Teachers have also started planning video lessons of them speaking to enhance in-classroom language learning.
What can students, families and staff do?
- Be aware of symptoms of illness and stay home if you are not feeling well.
- Continue to follow best practices for prevention of the spread of viruses, including COVID- 19 and the common cold or flu: wash hands frequently; do not touch eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing; and get a flu shot.
- Respect the privacy of students and staff, and take steps to prevent discrimination.
- Parents and guardians, ensure your contact information is up-to-date in the event that large group notifications are sent by phone, email, and text message. More information.
- Keep yourself up-to-date on what the SFDPH, California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest.
- Discuss your child’s questions and concerns with them and help them practice good prevention. Depending on your child’s age, some helpful resources may include: “Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus” and “How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus.”
If a case is detected that impacts a school, what are some possible steps we might take?
- Work with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to evaluate exposure risk and make decisions regarding quarantine.
- The decision to close a school would be made on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, and would take into account the general safety of all students and staff.