Coronavirus

Students take part in their remote learning classes at Midtown Terrace Park during the Decreasing the Distance “Zoom In” demonstration in San Francisco. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco schools scramble to meet high demand for online learning

‘The constraints around resources and staffing is real’

 

Some California universities are tracking vaccination rates and the number of students in isolation and quarantine; others are reporting numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus.(Courtesy Julie Leopo/EdSource)

How California universities are tracking campus COVID cases

Cal State and UC campuses have dashboards, but details vary

  • Sep 10, 2021

 

San Francisco renters facing eviction are scrambling to figure out the confusing world of rent relief. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Confusion swirls among tenants ahead of eviction moratorium ending Sept. 30

As the end of statewide eviction protections approach, San Francisco tenants are…

 

Paramedics transport a mock patient into UCSF’s Mount Zion medical center during a drill. (Courtesy Noah Berger/UCSF)

UCSF nurses allege chronic understaffing, overworking

‘Solutions they are proposing are not sustainable’

Paramedics transport a mock patient into UCSF’s Mount Zion medical center during a drill. (Courtesy Noah Berger/UCSF)
Mario Ramirez Garcia, 10, attends online class in the bedroom he shares with his sister in April 23. “It’s funner in real school,” said Mario of distance learning. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

Quarantining students could get more instruction with proposed independent study changes

Learners would receive comparable curriculum and increased time with teachers

  • Sep 8, 2021
Mario Ramirez Garcia, 10, attends online class in the bedroom he shares with his sister in April 23. “It’s funner in real school,” said Mario of distance learning. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
School administrators are becoming contact tracers at San Francisco Unified School District campuses when positive COVID cases are reported.<ins></ins>

A new role for school staff: COVID contact tracers

‘Once you find out someone has tested positive, the clock starts’

School administrators are becoming contact tracers at San Francisco Unified School District campuses when positive COVID cases are reported.<ins></ins>
Students at Normont Elementary School in Los Angeles went back to class on Aug. 16; since then parents, teachers and administrators are in conflict about safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID.	(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)

COVID testing was supposed to keep schools safe — what happened?

Test shortages, inconsistent protocols are leaving parents confused and frustrated

  • Sep 7, 2021
Students at Normont Elementary School in Los Angeles went back to class on Aug. 16; since then parents, teachers and administrators are in conflict about safety measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID.	(Allison Zaucha/New York Times)
As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SF educators focus on mental health as new student behavior emerges

‘Our kids have gone through a lot and they’re still going through a lot’

As San Francisco school students continue to adjust to in-person learning and being back on campuses, teachers, counselors and social workers are trying to build connections and promote wellness. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
From left, Karinda Dobbins, Judi Leff, ArjunBanerjee, BobMcIntyre and LisaGeduldig appear in Comedy Al Fresco at El Rio in The Mission. (Courtesy photo)

Standup comics appear live, in unique El Rio patio show

After months laughs on Zoom, in-person performances return

From left, Karinda Dobbins, Judi Leff, ArjunBanerjee, BobMcIntyre and LisaGeduldig appear in Comedy Al Fresco at El Rio in The Mission. (Courtesy photo)
Mayor London Breed, pictured in May, encouraged more San Franciscans to get their shots following an announcement on social media that 80 percent of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Mayor London Breed, pictured in May, encouraged more San Franciscans to get their shots following an announcement on social media that 80 percent of residents age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
People against COVID-19 vaccine mandates rallying at Civic Center Plaza on Friday cite health, religion and distrust of the goverment as reasons for rejecting inoculations. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

As vaccine mandates roll out across SF, skeptics voice opposition

‘In addition to this being a form of insensitive, bully-leadership, it is egregious and irresponsible’

  • Aug 27, 2021
People against COVID-19 vaccine mandates rallying at Civic Center Plaza on Friday cite health, religion and distrust of the goverment as reasons for rejecting inoculations. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Traveling nurses Candace Brim, left, and Janet Stovall are based in North Carolina, but have been traveling as a pair since the beginning of this year. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)

Nurse shortages in California reaching crisis point

Many leaving high-pressure jobs for career change, early retirement or less demanding work

  • Aug 26, 2021
Traveling nurses Candace Brim, left, and Janet Stovall are based in North Carolina, but have been traveling as a pair since the beginning of this year. (Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters)
While advocates have advised keeping classroom windows open during the pandemic, poor air quality from wildfires has prompted San Francisco public schools to invest in air purifiers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF schools wrestle with clean air and failing infrastructure

Parents, unions calling for more resources to keep everyone safe

While advocates have advised keeping classroom windows open during the pandemic, poor air quality from wildfires has prompted San Francisco public schools to invest in air purifiers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
In California, counties with the lowest hospitalization rates are the ones where the majority of residents are vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

How high vaccination rates are protecting parts of California

Those who are not inoculated are more than six times as likely to contract COVID

  • Aug 24, 2021
In California, counties with the lowest hospitalization rates are the ones where the majority of residents are vaccinated. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Brianna Alvarez worked on a project representing her Peruvian and Mexican heritage in Charlene Fried’s English class. (Courtesy Charlene Fried/EdSource)

How California teachers are welcoming back English learners — with language and community

Focus is to make school a welcoming place to ease anxiety caused by the pandemic

  • Aug 24, 2021
Brianna Alvarez worked on a project representing her Peruvian and Mexican heritage in Charlene Fried’s English class. (Courtesy Charlene Fried/EdSource)
California officials continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated, particularly since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/Polaris)

More vaccine mandates coming to California colleges following full approval of Pfizer vaccine

Some community schools were waiting for FDA authorization

  • Aug 24, 2021
California officials continue to encourage residents to get vaccinated, particularly since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/Polaris)
Tenants rights lawyers and activists gathered in San Francisco in 2020 to protest what they feared might be the end of the pandemic mandate that stopped evictions.<ins> (Jim Wilson/New York Times)</ins>

California tenants are still protected from eviction through Sept. 30

Some residents may be eligible for cleared rent debt

Tenants rights lawyers and activists gathered in San Francisco in 2020 to protest what they feared might be the end of the pandemic mandate that stopped evictions.<ins> (Jim Wilson/New York Times)</ins>
Teachers helped children find their parents outside Tenderloin Community Elementary School at the end of the school day on Tuesday. 
Kevin N. Hume/
The Examiner

Doctors remain ‘cautiously optimistic’ as SF schools reopen

Parents still have questions: ‘It doesn’t feel like anyone wants to talk about contingency plans’

Teachers helped children find their parents outside Tenderloin Community Elementary School at the end of the school day on Tuesday. 
Kevin N. Hume/
The Examiner
Siblings hugged as they entered Norseman Elementary school in Fresno on Aug. 12, the first day of class. (Tomas Ovalle/The New York Times)

As school starts, can children stay safe from COVID-19?

By Soumya Karlamangla New York Times This wasn’t how the school year…

  • Aug 16, 2021
Siblings hugged as they entered Norseman Elementary school in Fresno on Aug. 12, the first day of class. (Tomas Ovalle/The New York Times)
So far, laboratory tests have indicated that lambda is less infectious than the delta variant but more infectious than the original virus. (Shutterstock)

The lambda COVID variant is in California: 5 things to know

By Barbara Feder Ostrov CalMatters A new COVID-19 variant, named lambda, has…

  • Aug 16, 2021
So far, laboratory tests have indicated that lambda is less infectious than the delta variant but more infectious than the original virus. (Shutterstock)