SF State announced Monday that it was canceling all in-person classes through April 5. (Kevin N. Hume/ 2019 S.F. Examiner)

SFSU, CCSF cancel in-person classes over coronavirus concerns

City public schools to remain open for now

San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco have canceled in-person classes over novel coronavirus concerns.

In an email to students and staff sent Monday evening, SF State officials said classes would move to remote instruction through April 5 to “limit the potential” of coronavirus reaching the school. Staff, faculty, and students will still be paid and the campus will remain open, the email said.

While face-to-face classes are canceled through Sunday, faculty and staff will transition into remote instruction on campus for the following week.

Minutes later, City College officials sent an email that declared a state of emergency over coronavirus and said that it would end face-to-face classes starting at the end of the day on Thursday. Faculty and staff will also take the following week to switch to “modified and online learning formats.”

Spring break will be moved up one week to begin March 23 and the new formats will replace regular classes on March 30. In-person classes will remain suspended until graduation on May 21, or until the emergency declaration is lifted.

Academy of Art will also move to online classes from March 11 to March 30. The University of California Berkeley has canceled most in-person classes through the end of spring break on March 29.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco also announced Tuesday afternoon that all K-12 schools under its jurisdiction would close for two weeks, from March 12 to March 25.

Mission Prep charter school will also close from Wednesday through Monday March 16 after learning that a “community member” had tested positive for COVID-19. The person’s family was put on quarantine as a precaution, the school said in a letter sent to parents.

City public schools remained open as of Tuesday. Lowell High School, which initially closed Thursday afternoon after officials learned that a parent of a student there had a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, was expected to reopen Wednesday. All school and sports activities were also canceled while the school underwent cleaning.

The San Francisco Unified School District held an emergency meeting Monday night and decided not to close schools at this time after consulting with the Department of Public Health in closed session. The district will work to educate children and families on how to limit the spread of the virus and keep themselves safe, according to Board member Gabriela Lopez.

Archbishop Riordan High School will stay closed through March 22 after a student tested positive for novel coronavirus. The all-boys private Catholic school initially closed on Monday after learning that a student’s parent tested positive for coronavirus. The extended closure came after consulting with the Department of Public Health.

An extended family member of a student at School of the Epiphany also tested positive, closing that school down on Monday.

There are 13 known coronavirus cases in San Francisco, department officials said Monday. The city has canceled events in city-owned buildings and urged people to limit outings and avoid large gatherings, among other recommendations.

Immaculate Conception Academy Cristo Rey, an all-girls private Catholic school, said Sunday that the school would be closed for two weeks due to a staff member testing positive for the virus. Two Mercy High School students tested negatively for coronavirus, making the school case-free as of Tuesday afternoon, said spokesperson Theresa Poon.

Other Bay Area school closures include Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo and Notre Dame High School in Belmont from March 9-11, and San Jose’s Action Primary Plus on Monday. Stanford University and Golden Gate University have moved classes online for the time being.

Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento County, the fifth-largest district in the state, closed down entirely this week. The district moved up its spring break to minimize impact but the closure could extend past March 13.

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