Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco schools have offered distance learning instead of in-person instruction to help reduce the spread of the virus throughout the community. During this time, children and youth with the highest needs have been supported by the Community Hubs Initiative, and many students have participated in after-school programs, in-person camps, and other learning and development opportunities with safety plans in place. Enabling more children to return to their classrooms and to other in-person learning and development programs is among the City’s top priorities.
As state reopening guidelines and local COVID-19 indicators permit, San Francisco schools may resume in-person instruction with approved safety plans in place. Schools will work with the San Francisco Department of Public Heath (SFDPH) to meet all the requirements for the safest re-opening. The dashboard below identifies the schools that have begun this process by sending an initial letter of interest to SFDPH to reopen, and it shows where each school is in the process.
School reopening process
On September 4, 2020, SFDPH provided an overview of the reopening process to San Francisco TK-12 schools (transitional kindergarten through 12th grade). Our reopening process prioritizes the reopening of younger grades for in-person learning this fall. Learn more about the reopening process and timeline.
In order to reopen for in-person instruction, TK-12 schools must:
- Submit a letter of interest to SFDPH,
- Complete an application with a safety and health plan,
- Undergo a desktop review of application,
- Undergo a review of their facilities,
- Request a site assessment,
- Undergo a site assessment, and
- Receive an SFDPH decision letter.
The first round of approved schools is expected to begin in-person learning the week of September 21. Elementary schools are reopening first, followed by middle schools, and then high schools. TK-12 schools will reopen their elementary school grades first, followed by their middle school and high school grades.
Please note that public schools (San Francisco Unified School District schools) expect to continue distance learning for most students through the fall.
All San Francisco schools must meet the minimum standards defined in both state guidance and SFDPH's health directive on school reopening before resuming in-person learning. This includes providing detailed plans on how they will ensure adequate testing and contact tracing for their staff and students.
Data shown above is updated daily by 9:00am.
The most up-to-date information is shown above, and school statuses are subject to change daily.