Preliminary Guidelines for Re-Opening Schools (April 2020)

Throughout the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have remained in close contact with the San Francisco Public Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control. We recently received an update on “COVID-19 Interim Guidance for School Administrators” and wanted to share a few of these preliminary recommendations with Sterne families. Please know that our school leadership team is developing multiple contingency plans for re-opening in the Fall 2020 as COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines evolve and are handed down from Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed. 

Preliminary basic recommended guidelines as of April 2020: 

  • Students, staff, and faculty will engage in training at the start of the year to ensure that proper hygiene and  social distancing guidelines are established and are put into regular practice.
  • Maintain daily cleaning and disinfecting practices in the building and in classrooms
  • Social distancing guidelines will be implemented in classrooms, in hallways, common areas, and during lunchtime
  • Establish procedures for identifying and isolating individuals who become sick at school
  • Establish visitor protocols and/or limit non-essential visitors
  • Students and/or staff may be required or advised to wear masks in the building or in classrooms
  • Schedules, including school start and end times, may be staggered to ensure proper social distancing; the academic calendar may also be adjusted to maximize learning and instructional time
  • “Blended” online and in-school learning is likely to become a part of our regular academic program

Preliminary Q & A as of April 2020:

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at School?
Schools should contact the San Francisco Department of Public Health immediately for consultation and guidance. In general, closure of the facility is appropriate for a period of 2-5 days for enhanced cleaning and contact tracing. Additional recommendations and longer-term closures will be decided on a case-by-case basis. 

Will parents and families be notified if their child has been in contact with a confirmed case? 
Yes, at this time, people who have tested positive (cases) as well as the people in direct contact with them (contacts) will be notified by a health provider. 

My child or a family member has a compromised immune system. Will students be penalized or marked absent if parents choose not to send students to school?
No. Sterne School will continue to provide flexible arrangements for families who request this.