Public school students in San Francisco will start the fall semester with classes completely online.
San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said that “after reviewing the best available evidence-based sources of guidance from health officials, and gathering input from staff, students, and families, we have determined that on August 17, 2020, our fall semester will begin with distance learning.”
Some context: The San Francisco district is the seventh largest school district in California, with more than 57,000 students. The announcement follows both the Los Angeles and San Diego Unified School districts’ decision this week to also start the year with full remote learning. The three California school districts collectively enroll nearly 800,000 students.
Matthews said they hope to provide a gradual hybrid approach with both in-person and distance learning when it is safe to do so.
“The health and safety of students and staff is paramount,” he said.