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Happy 2022!
Dear SFUSD Families:
Happy New Year! First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all that you are doing to hold your family together while we collectively learn how to live with COVID surges in our community.
Please know that at SFUSD we are prioritizing keeping schools open through increasing access to multiple forms of testing, increasing the supply of KN95 masks for school staff and surgical masks for children.  We are committed to alerting you if there is a close contact at school and we have begun working with a contact tracing vendor to help alleviate some of the work from school site staff. Is everything working as we wish at all our schools and for all our students, staff and families? Unfortunately, we know it is not. I want to recognize that different students and families, staff members and school communities are experiencing different things right now - we have nearly 52,000 students and 9,000 staff at 120 PK-12 schools. 
Some days students won't learn as much because of too few staff or because they have to miss school due to COVID or being a close contact. Some families are confused by the testing options or can't get an appointment. The list of challenges goes on. We are committed to continuing to improve our approach to this unprecedented crisis.
In spite of the pandemic, our schools continue to be places where students have their curiosity sparked and find joy in learning;  receive free and nutritious meals; where they learn how to play an instrument and get involved in a sport; and where meaningful relationships are formed.
Throughout this pandemic we have been fortunate to work with some of the best public health experts in the world right here in San Francisco; they continue to guide us based on data and science.  We live in a highly vaccinated community and are well-positioned to weather this storm. We will get through this and see better days, hopefully very very soon. 
Learn more about our efforts and find resources below. 
In Community,
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews
Newsletter Navigation
Featured in this month's Family Newsletter:
COVID-19 Testing Resources
View the schedule for mobile testing sites at certain SFUSD schools, and learn more about other COVID-19 testing resources.
Yellow rapid test kit boxes
At-Home Test Kit Distribution
This week SFUSD is distributing at-home test kits to students at school sites. Please read the flier that comes with the test kit and contains instructions for use. Review these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the test kits. 

Dynamic Mindfulness Exercise

Send a positive message to yourself! Mindfulness activities can help you feel safe and grounded in your body and mind during a stressful time. Learn what it looks like in SFUSD classrooms!

Department of Education Guide: Questions Parents Ask about School

Review the US Department of Education's publication with frequently asked questions from parents about their children's education. Available in English and Spanish.

Your Right to Nutrition, Health, and Wellness 

Review the Student and Family Handbook to learn about your rights and access resources promoting student health and well-being. Learn about the multiple levels of support offered at your child's school.
Get Help to Apply for School by Feb. 4
The deadline to apply for the next school year is weeks away on Feb. 4. Get live or in-person help with your application by calling (415) 241-6085 or by visiting our offices in Civic Center and in the Bayview.

Superintendent Search Survey


Fill out this 5-10 minute survey! Share your input on the essential characteristics for the next SFUSD superintendent by Jan. 14. Results will be discussed at an upcoming Board of Education meeting.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


SFUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Lunar New Year Holiday


School sites will be closed on Monday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 1, in observance of Lunar New Year.

Free Workshops for Teens to Build College and Life Skills
Take some time to create or polish a resume and build effective study habits during virtual workshops in January and February with Study Smart Tutors. San Francisco Public Library is proud to partner and bring college and life skills classes that range from socio-emotional well-being to youth workforce development and college prep.

Become a Substitute Teacher


SFUSD is currently searching for substitute teachers for TK to 12th grades and as a trusted member of our community, you could be a match! Help our children learn and grow and work on a flexible schedule.

High school students learn more about jobs in hospitality
Students from Career Pathways programs at Ida B. Wells, Thurgood Marshall, and John O'Connell took a December field trip to the historic Fairmont Hotel to learn more about careers in hospitality.
Mission HS students serve as judges for SF Fire Department's holiday decorating contest
Some aspiring firefighters from Mission High School's Fire and EMS Career Pathways program rode in a fire truck to view and evaluate decorations at 12 fire stations.
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