SF School Board Unanimously Votes to Return All Students to In-Person Learning in Fall

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The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to return all public school students to in-person learning in August on Tuesday.

“This past year has been full of uncertainty and I hope this unanimous resolution makes it clear that we are united in our commitment to provide full-time in-person school,” said Commissioner Lam, the resolution’s sponsor. “The work of getting all of our students back by next fall is our number one priority.”

All all students will be given the option to attend classes full time, 5-days a week for the 2021-2022 school year. However, students who cannot return to in-person learning for medical reasons or any other factors may consider remote learning.

“We appreciate all educators, staff, students, parents, and caregivers for their resiliency and all the effort that has gone into supporting distanced learning this past year. We also appreciate the many who are now executing a safe and gradual reopening for some of our PK-12 students this spring,” said Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews. “We are making progress and look forward to a new beginning next fall that serves all of our students the way we do best –– in our schools.”

In the resolution, the SF Board of Education commits to identify additional educational and social emotional learning supports that prioritize the needs of foster youth, homeless students, students at risk of neglect or abuse, English learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous students.

“Let’s be clear that we must successfully reopen our schools,” Board member Jenny Lam said. “The longer we keep staff and educators at the home, the more students get isolated and the accelerated learning that will be needed when our students do return in person.”

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