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Dear SFUSD Families:
I want to thank each and every one of you for doing your part to make sure your children screen for symptoms before heading to school every day, for making sure they are wearing a mask and for partnering with school staff to help your children navigate all of the big transitions that mark this moment in their lives. 
As long as COVID is in our community, we recognize that there will be COVID cases in our schools. I am grateful all of the cases identified to date were mild or moderate and no one required hospitalization. Public health officials and doctors at UCSF have shared how impressed they are with our low case rates in SFUSD. 
San Francisco has high vaccination rates among our community, including more than 95% of staff and 90% of students over 12 years old. Soon young people between 5 and 11 will be eligible for the vaccine and we will be partnering with the SF Department of Public Health to ensure vaccinations are easy to access. Let's all continue to do our part to decrease the spread! 




Be Well,

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews

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Featured in this month's Family Newsletter:

Short-Term Independent Study

Request short-term independent study if your child is missing school due to COVID-19 or other special circumstances.

Vaccine Clinics in SFUSD

SFUSD is partnering with SFDPH to host 4 additional vaccination clinics at SFUSD schools to make vaccines free and accessible to SFUSD families.

Tech Help for Families

Schedule a free 30-minute session in multiple languages for help with district tech tools, as well as the Multi-Purpose Family Income Form (MFIF). Sponsored by the San Francisco Education Fund and SFUSD Department of Technology.

The Benefits of Ethnic Studies

A new Stanford University study, which was done in collaboration with SFUSD, shows benefits for students who participate in a ninth grade Ethnic Studies course, including a higher probability of graduating high school.

RAVE: Recognizing All Valuable Employees

Seeking nominations for district employees –– individuals or teams –– that exemplify one or more of SFUSD's Core Values and/or Service Standards. Nominating only takes a few minutes and means a lot to the many caring and dedicated professionals who serve our students and community.

October at the San Francisco Public Library


Literary legend Alice Walker joins the SF Human Rights Commission Director Dr. Sheryl Davis in conversation on Oct. 21.


All Month

Indigenous Peoples' Day


All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, October 11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

National School Lunch Week


School meals are free for all SFUSD students starting in the 2021-2022 school year.


October 11 - 15

SFUSD Libraries at Phoenix Day


This fall SFUSD Libraries have been turning neighborhood streets into open-air reading rooms! Next stop is Phoenix Day, a citywide family-friendly celebration with block parties, music, performances, and more. Look for them on Valencia Street, near 20th St.


October 17, 12PM - 5PM

Digital Agency Week


SFUSD is celebrating its sixth year participating in Digital Agency Week focusing on teaching students how to use technology responsibly, ethically, and respectfully.


October 18 - 22

SFUSD PreK-12 Virtual Enrollment Fair


Get help finding a new school! Talk to principals and school staff, learn how to apply, and watch videos about each school - all online for your convenience.


October 22 - 29

Stay Safe This Halloween


Get a refresher or learn more about precautions to enjoy a safe Halloween and prevent COVID-19.


October 31

Elementary school student leaders encourage mask-wearing
Student ambassadors at El Dorado Elementary School are teaching their peers how to wear masks properly so that the school community can stay safe.
PreK-8 school partners with nonprofit to prioritize students' mental health and well-being
Bessie Carmichael School PreK-8 partnered with UCSF HEARTS to train staff in trauma-informed practices that have proven to help improve students’ sense of self and well-being.
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