Golden Bridges School developed the following plans, carefully considering the guidance issued and the needs of our students. Click on each link below to find details of our plans. Share information and perspective around your family's readiness for a return to in-person instruction below.
As early as next week, SFDPH will likely start approving school applications/plans to resume in-person instruction.
SFDPH Guidance, in order to resume in-person instruction
All TK-12 schools will have to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to SFDPH followed by an application/plan for Health Officer review and approval before re-opening for in-person instruction. (GBS has completed that process.)
SFDPH is now accepting applications for TK-8 grades with their assumption that San Francisco will stay in the CA State Substantial Red tier or below for this week.
As part of school reopening, SFDPH will be conducting on site, in person site assessments. “Please follow the TK-12 school guidelines (below) and prepare your school as if it was to open very soon. When you are ready, please contact the SFDPH to schedule a site assessment.” - SFDPH and SFDPH School Guidance
Continuity of Education will be supported through distance learning, regardless of availability of in-person instruction.
Through our hiking program, we have now had our first early experiences to help us start to understand how our teachers, students, and families respond to the availability of, and the safety requirements for, in-person instruction.
Examples of in-person instruction phases/steps
Distance Learning (e.g. Main Lesson, Subject Classes) with supporting In-Person Hikes (our current practice)
Distance Learning (e.g. Main Lesson, Subject Classes) with supporting Outdoor In-Person Instruction (may include hikes, but also class content)
As faculty and staff we are meeting to understand the readiness of our personnel for the increased risk that comes with in-person instruction. Teachers want to provide in-person instruction, but, like you, they also have their own individual and family risk factors to take into consideration.
As a community, we need to continue this important conversation, develop a better understanding of the questions that come up for our families and how best to support needs. Any progress we make towards in-person instruction, we need to make together.
Community Discussion and Q & A We would now like to open up this forum for perspectives and questions that you would like to share with our community.
We have invited the support of Dr. Scott Layne, M.D., a physician-scientist, infectious disease specialist, and former professor of epidemiology, to support us with any scientific questions. Adam will be supporting all school process and policy related questions, including the required process for a return to in-person instruction.
There is much to discuss and learn, and, at times, questions will require further research, but we will do our best to support your questions and work towards the answers we need as a community. Again, Continuity of Education will be supported through distance learning, regardless of availability of in-person instruction.
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Acknowledgment of Health Risks
The collective effort and sacrifice of San Francisco residents staying at home limited the spread of COVID-19. But community transmission of COVID-19 within San Francisco continues, including transmission by individuals who are infected and contagious, but have no symptoms. Infected persons are contagious 48 hours before developing symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”), and many are contagious without ever developing symptoms (“asymptomatic”). Pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people are likely unaware that they have COVID-19. The availability of school is an important step in the resumption of activities. However, the decision by the Health Officer to allow school for all families at facilities that follow required safety rules, does not mean that attending such programs is free of risk. Enrolling a child in school could increase the risk of the child becoming infected with COVID-19. While the majority of children that become infected do well, there is still much more to learn about coronavirus in children, including from recent reports of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
Each parent or guardian must determine for themselves if they are willing to take the risk of enrolling their child in school, including whether they need to take additional precautions to protect the health of their child and others in the household. They should particularly consider the risks to household members who are adults 60 years or older, or anyone who has an underlying medical condition. Parents and guardians may want to discuss these risks and their concerns with their pediatrician or other health care provider.
I understand the risks associated with enrolling my child in school, and agree to assume the risks to my child and my household. I also agree to follow all safety requirements that the school imposes as a condition of enrolling my child.
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