Guiding Principles


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Even during a global pandemic, our mission remains the same: to provide a motivating and challenging high-quality educational program that inspires students to academic success.

We achieve this by offering a curriculum emphasizing higher-level mathematics as well as written and oral communication skills in several languages. Our interdisciplinary, hands-on approach takes place in a safe, orderly and nurturing multicultural environment, which promotes intellectual development and responsibility.

The Health of Our Community

Safeguarding the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our primary goal. Preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 requires action at the individual, grade level, all-campus, and local community levels. Our COVID-19 safety and health plans are based on the guidelines published by the US Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, San Francisco city officials, and health officials from SF Department of Public Health.

We are implementing new procedures and following best practices to maintain a healthy school environment and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 disease. These practices include strict limitation of visitors, self-screening guidelines, wearing masks, washing and disinfecting hands frequently, and respecting physical distancing guidelines. Training will be conducted for students, faculty, and staff, and signage will be displayed throughout campus to remind community members of the School’s expectations.

Nevertheless, we all must recognize that there is no zero risk. Enrolling a child in childcare, summer camp, Out of School Time programs and TK–12 schools 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. Children may generally have less severe COVID-19 symptoms than adults, they are not immune, can become ill with COVID-19 , and they are capable of transmitting the virus among themselves and to family members or teachers. Older adults in the SFPA community – teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers - are at greater risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Just as there is no single control strategy that is effective in and of itself, there is no single entity or individual solely responsible for keeping everyone safe. SFPA reopening will require continual collaboration between all constituents. That said, the final decision regarding safe reopening and operations are at the discretion of SFPA leadership.

We are not guaranteeing zero cases at SFPA, and we are not adopting a zero transmission strategy or plan. Even with the best control system and strategies in place, there may be cases in our community. To limit school-wide outbreaks, SFPA will take steps described in this Reopening Plan.


• Practice physical distancing by remaining 6 feet apart as much as practically possible

• Wear masks, which keep people from spreading infection, trapping respiratory droplets before they can travel through the air

• Encourage hand washing and good hygiene

• Self-report if we are experiencing any symptoms

• Stay home when we have flu-like symptoms

• Report positive COVID-19 diagnoses

• Assist SFDPH in contact tracing

• Quarantine individuals who have tested positive or who have been in close contact with others who have tested positive


Health Protocols and Procedures 

School Campus

  1. ENTRANCE (from both sides): Special cleaning system to sanitize bottoms of shoes to limit the spread of contaminants. Contains carpet section to dry off shoes to prevent slipping; inserts absorb sanitizing liquid solution and pushes it into grooves of shoes;

  2. Touchless hand sanitization systems are being installed at both entrances and regular hand sanitizers throughout the school.

  3. CLASSROOMS: Each classroom is supplied with medical air filtration units with medical Grade H13 Filters (higher rated than True HEPA), removing 99.9% of particles down to 0.1 microns. Each unit contains an ionizer and cleans a room up to 1,600 sq ft in one hour, 840 sq ft in 30 minutes, 420 sq ft in 15 minutes. Uses four levels of filtration to catch and remove particles in the air. Pre-filter removes hair, fibers, and large particles like dander. This medical-grade filter easily catches pollen, dust mites, and other tiny airborne particles. Substantial carbon filter with carbon pellets remove toxic odors, smoke, and formaldehyde. The optional anion generator produces negative ions to charge particles and trap them inside the unit and give your air a fresh feel. Additional ventilation is provided by opening windows whenever weather permits.

  4. RESTROOMS: new touchless faucets, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers have been installed. All restrooms are equipped with newly installed ventilators.

  5. HYGIENE: Hand washing will occur at regular intervals throughout the day, and hand sanitizers will be located throughout all learning spaces.

  6. CLEANING AND DISINFECTION: Physical learning spaces, including table tops and other high-touch surfaces, will be cleaned regularly throughout the course of the day. Our cleaning crew will do a thorough cleaning every night with cleaning solutions recommended by the Center for Decease Control and Prevention.

  7. One-way population flow patterns will be utilized when possible to decrease intersections of children and adults.

  8. Class scheduling are designed to limit intersections of population flow.


  1. COHORTS: We will be using a stable cohort structure, which assumes our usual number of students 10-12 in each class.

  2. All children and adults will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to admission to the buildings by answering questions in Jupiter LMS, confirming that none of the listed symptoms are being experienced by the student/adult as required by the SF Health Order. There will also be additional temperature screening at the entrance of the school and visual assessments by classroom teachers during classes.

  3. Masks will be required per the Health Order for children and adults. The requirements are as follows: a face covering without an exhalation valve that is purposefully designed to cover the mouth and nose with straps around the head or around the ears. Bandanas or neck gaiters are not acceptable alternatives to these requirements and must not be worn on campus.

  4. It is expected that families will provide masks for their child(ren) and that these will be used for one day only and then laundered or switched out with a new mask for the following day.

  5. Physical Distancing: As soon as students arrive on campus, they will begin practicing physical distancing. Classroom spaces have been redesigned such that students will see visual reminders that physical distancing is expected. Our first days together will be, in large part, about learning these new norms.

  6. Training for hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene will be given to all members of the community and practiced throughout the day.

  7. Only school employees and students can enter the school. No parents or visitors are allowed to be on campus unless it is for essential business and they are approved by the administration and screened.

  8. Traffic Flow on Campus:

    • Hallways and stairwells will be designated as single-direction or otherwise modified to control traffic flow based on capacity and need. Students and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves to the extent possible.

9. Classrooms:

    • In classrooms, all students will be seated 3 feet apart.
    • Students will stay 3 feet apart from each other.
    • Teacher/Staff will stay at least 6 feet away from students.
    • Students and staff will not rearrange any classroom furniture without first seeking approval from school administration.
    • Windows and doors will be kept open at all times to help facilitate circulation of air. (When and where appropriate)
    • Students will enter and leave classrooms as dictated by a daily schedule designed to ensure that not all students are in hallways or common areas at the same time.

10. Breaks:

    • For break time/recess cohorts will remain separated and will be supervised by teachers. Breaks may consist of outdoor activities or walks around campus.
    • No play/activities equipment will be used
    • After each break students will wash their hands before going back to their classroom.

11. Restroom Use:

    • Restrooms are designated to specific cohorts
    • Each restroom will be marked with a maximum occupancy. Those waiting to use the restroom will be asked to line up in the hallway and maintain six feet of distance, to return later.

12. Meals: Students will each their meal outside, weather permitted. Please see Lunch Policies below.

13. Equipment and supplies should be limited to individual use – not shared – whenever possible.

14. The State Order will require that school employees engage in regular cohort testing for COVID-19 throughout the school year ( currently, every 4 weeks)


We will follow the response protocols as communicated on August 10, 2020 by the San Francisco Department of Public Health regarding measures to be taken when a community member has symptoms, is diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed. Per the protocols, “contact” is defined by a person who is less than 6 feet from a case for greater than 15 minutes. A cohort is a stable group with fixed membership that stays together for all activities (e.g., lunch, recess, etc.) and avoids contact with other persons or cohorts.

COVID Policies:

      • Any student or staff member who reports symptoms consistent with COVID-19 after arriving on campus will be escorted by a staff member wearing PPE to an isolation room where that person can wait until he or she is able to depart campus. While in the isolation room, the person must continue to wear a facemask.
      • In non-emergency cases, a student will remain in isolation under the supervision of staff nearby until he or she is taken home with expected follow up with his medical provider.
      • Parents/guardians are expected to arrive within 60 minutes as much as they are able.
      • If a student is experiencing significant shortness of breath or evidence of hypoxia, parents/legal guardians will be notified promptly and asked to transport the student to the nearest medical center, or EMS will be called depending on the level of severity of symptoms.
      • If both parents or legal guardians are unable to be reached, emergency contacts will be notified.


The below table illustrates scenarios and steps to take regarding exposure, symptoms, testing and notifications:



 A student or staff member either exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, answers “yes” to a health screening  question, or has a temperature of 100F or above.



 No action is needed



 Child or staff had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19.

 (A close contact is defined as a person who is < 6 feet from the infected person for > 15 minutes. For cohorts of children under 12 years of age, SFDPH considers all staff and children in a cohort to be close contacts. For cohorts of any age, if people have spent time together indoors the entire cohort, classroom, or other group may need to be considered exposed.)


  • If the information is received prior to the beginning of the school day, students or staff members are not admitted to the campus.
  • If the information is received during the school day, a child or staff is sent home with instructions to quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure.
  • Recommend testing (but will not shorten 10 day quarantine)
  • Cohort remains OPEN


 Notify staff and families or children in the cohort with a “General Exposure Advisory” letter.



 Child or staff has confirmed COVID-19 infection


  • Notify the SFDPH Schools and Childcare Hub:
  • Keep home with instructions to isolate at home for at least 10 days after the first symptoms occurred.
  • Identify close contacts, likely including the entire cohort of the person with COVID-19.
  • Instruct close contacts to
    • Quarantine at home for 10 days after the last date the person with COVID-19 was at the school/program while infectious.
    • Get tested, especially if they have symptoms (but will not shorten 10 day quarantine)
  • Clean and disinfect spaces where the person with COVID-19 spent significant time.
  • Cohort  CLOSED  for 10 days after last exposure.
  • Non-exposed cohorts remain open.


  • Notify staff and families of children who are close contacts with the “Close Contact Advisory” letter.
  • Notify all other staff and families about the COVID-19 case with the “General Exposure Advisory” letter.
  • The identity of the person involved in the COVID-19 situation is not disclosed as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.







 Child or staff has a negative test after symptoms of COVID-19


  • Symptoms have improved.
  • No fever for 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve).
  • The parent/guardian or staff must show documentation of negative test, for example, a copy of the result or a message from the clinic or test site that the test was negative. This may be in electronic form. A separate doctor’s note is not needed.



 Child or staff had symptoms of COVID-19 and

  • had a positive test/ confirmed COVID-19, OR
  • was tested but is still waiting for the test result


  • Test results negative.
  • After 10 days since symptoms began.
  • No COVID Symptoms.
  • No fever for 24 hours, without using fever-reducing medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve)
  • The parent/guardian or staff must show documentation of negative test, for example, a copy of the result or a message from the clinic or test site that the test was negative. This may be in electronic form. A separate doctor’s note is not needed.



 Child or staff had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19.


  • 10 days after the last close contact, even if the child or staff has a negative test during this time, or is still waiting for test result.
  • No symptoms have developed since the last close contact.
  • The parent/guardian or staff must show documentation of negative test, for example, a copy of the result or a message from the clinic or test site that the test was negative. This may be in electronic form. A separate doctor’s note is not needed.

If the child or staff has ongoing close contact with the person with COVID-19 (for example, a parent or relative), the child or staff must quarantine for 10 days after the person with COVID-19 is no longer infectious. In most cases, this is a total of 20 days after the person with COVID-19 first developed symptoms, or if asymptomatic, had a positive test.



 Child or staff had a positive test but never had symptoms.


  • Test results negative.
  • 10 days after their positive test was received.
  • The parent/guardian or staff must show documentation of negative test, for example, a copy of the result or a message from the clinic or test site that the test was negative. This may be in electronic form. A separate doctor’s note is not needed.



Students who elect to be on-campus for in-person instruction will be required to test negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus prior to being on campus. Although the application guidelines do not require students to be tested, San Francisco Pacific Academy will be requiring testing as an added precaution for our community prior to resuming in-person instruction.

We are developing a strategy for testing as a crucial component for the reopening. We believe that testing is important to protect our community, especially those adults willing to risk their well-being to come to campus to teach and work. Because testing methods, efficiency and supplies are evolving daily, our plans for the frequency of testing are likely to adjust. For example, if deep nasal swabs are the only option, we will not test regularly. If easier methods of testing , with quicker turnarounds times, become available, we may test more often. Note that testing for COVID-19 is a vital part of any safe reopen plan and will become standard practice over the coming months. Closer to the start on in-person school, before families make their final decision on whether to allow their children to learn on campus, we will provide you with the specific testing protocol.


For the 2020-2021 school year, two options are available.

The changing local conditions of the pandemic have effectively ruled out the possibility of having the first half of the 2020-2021 school year in the traditional manner. While that may be an option later in the academic year, for our first and second quarter we offer two options:

- a distance learning model that has students learning completely off campus, and

- a hybrid model that would have students on campus part time and also learning from home part time.



Our robust distance learning program includes:

• Full online access for all students to virtual meetings with teachers and classmates as well as the online ability to learn, complete assignments, and collaborate through video conferencing, all through ZOOM platform.

• Full set of textbooks, workbooks, notebooks and reading books for the curriculum of each grade level is sent home, so students can have a chance to perform their work away from computer screens.

• Full online access for all parents and guardians to easily view students’ work, even while it is in progress, as well as their grades, all through the Jupiter ED platform.

• High academic expectations - students will master grade level and course standards, and show their progress through report cards.

• The opportunity for additional engagement in school activities like Art and Chess through ZOOM.



This model will allow for some of our student body to be on campus every day while the others continue to learn remotely.

While we believe that the hybrid model is best given our priorities and limitations, we certainly cannot guarantee that this model will work perfectly or that we can prevent students and employees from contracting COVID-19. We respect parents as the primary caregivers of children. We will honor decisions by parents to keep their children at home for 100% distance learning instead of coming to campus.

NEW POLICIES 2020-2021

COVID-19 Acknowledgement and Indemnification

All parents are required to sign the Acknowledgement of Risk form and the Community Pledge before the first day of in-person school. All students must have both on file, in addition to verification of a negative Covid test, in order to return to campus. We hope parents will find this document ( “FAQS FOR SAN FRANCISCO HEALTH ORDERS” from the City and County of San Francisco and updated on 09/17/20 helpful as they determine how their family will partner with the school in minimizing risk and keeping our campus community as safe as possible.

Physicals, Immunization Forms, and New Health Conditions

All students must have an up-to-date immunization form on file with the school before attending classes in-person.

Emergency Contact Information

Students on campus who report feeling ill will need to be picked up from School within 60 minutes of their parents or guardians being called. Please be sure that your child’s emergency contact information is up-to-date and that your identified emergency contact can pick your child up within 60 minutes if you are unable to do so.

Morning Drop Off

• Before a student arrives at school, a parent or guardian will complete a daily symptom check form through Jupiter LMS. If a student shows any symptoms or has a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, please keep that student home for the day and until symptoms have been gone for 24 hours.

• The person driving or walking a student to school is responsible for that student if the symptom check form is not complete or if the student has a fever upon arrival. Students who drive or walk themselves must be sure the symptom check has been completed before they arrive on campus.

• Students must have their face masks on before they arrive on campus or get out of the car in the morning and must keep them on until departing campus or getting into the car at the end of the day.

• For the safety of everyone involved, and to keep the car lines moving at drop-off and pick-up, only students should get out of the car. Please ensure that drivers and other family members stay in the car while your child exits.

• Carpools and shared rides: Families should carpool with the same stable group of people. Open windows and maximize outdoor air circulation. Everyone in the vehicle should wear a face covering.

• For students who walk to campus with a parent or guardian, that person will be asked to stop at a designated point near each entrance location. Only students should proceed beyond that point for the health and safety of staff and other students.

• There will be specific drop-off and pick-up locations for students depending on their grade level and where they begin or end their day.


• Hot lunches will not be provided on campus. All students will bring their meals from home.

• Students and staff will eat outside (whenever possible) 

• Physical distancing will always be maintained, with proper hand hygiene before and after eating.

• Students and staff do not need to wear masks while eating but must remain at least six feet apart.

• Students will not have access to refrigeration or microwaves.

• No food may be delivered from parents, delivery services, or area restaurants after morning drop-off.

• Each person will completely clean the area where she/he/they ate, including properly disposing of all trash and wiping down surfaces with disinfecting wipes or sanitizing spray.

Drinking Water

Every student should bring a filled reusable water bottle from home, and, if needed, another bottle of water. We will close access to our school water fountain to prevent the spread of infection.

Pick Up

•           Stagger arrival and dismissal times will be scheduled for each grade to minimize contact, using different entrances/exits for each group.

•           For students waiting to enter/leave the building and for adults waiting to pick up students, spaces on the ground will be marked 6 feet apart.

•           Face coverings are required for adults who are dropping off or picking up children in person.

Field Trips

At this time, no field trips are planned. If field trips are permitted under the guidelines and executive orders in place at the time, all procedures currently recommended by the CDC, California DOE, and SF DPH will be followed regarding transportation, health, hygiene, and safety practices.

Group Activities & Special Events

To the greatest extent possible, we will reimagine how to create meaningful experiences for students through various group activities and special events including school traditions. Some of these activities may be changed to a virtual format for this school year and some may be postponed. Please watch for specific updates.

Outdoor Instruction

Whenever weather permits, teachers will take students outdoor ( our roof area) to teach in this well-ventilated area, per class schedule. Only one grade at a time could be taken outside. PE classes, if arranged during the school year, will be performed on the roof area ( grades K-4) or at the Cabrillo Playground on 38th Ave ( grades 5-8).

Parent Meetings

Parent meetings, and parent/teacher conferences, will be held virtually for the time being.

How We Will Communicate with You

• Each Friday until the end of the school year, SFPA will send a weekly e-newsletter with details for the past week and events ahead.

• Our Head of School will share school updates and other major decisions as the school year unfolds.

• Teachers will communicate with students and parents on a regular basis through Jupiter LMS and via e-mails.

• Glimpses of school life will be posted on the school’s social media to help families feel connected while visitors are strictly limited.


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