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The Board of Education debated the nomination of Seth Brenzel (left side, middle row) at a meeting on Feb. 9, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)

The Board of Education’s narrow definition of diversity is an embarrassment

By Catie Arbona and Gary McCoy While the San Francisco Board of…

The Board of Education debated the nomination of Seth Brenzel (left side, middle row) at a meeting on Feb. 9, 2021. (Examiner screenshot)
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said schools should use masks and social distancing to safely resume in-person learning. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/TNS)

CDC sets guidance for schools to reopen safely during pandemic ‘as soon as possible’

Officials say vaccinating teachers a priority, but not a prerequisite for return to classroom

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said schools should use masks and social distancing to safely resume in-person learning. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/TNS)
Children walk alongside their parents in hopes that they can convince government officials to approve reopening their schools. Alongside marching around City Hall, the SF parent collective created an open letter to sign in support of reopening schools in the SFUSD. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)

What would a return to in-person classes look like? SFUSD officials are still trying to figure that out.

Social distancing requirements, capacity issues could mean students return to school part-time

Children walk alongside their parents in hopes that they can convince government officials to approve reopening their schools. Alongside marching around City Hall, the SF parent collective created an open letter to sign in support of reopening schools in the SFUSD. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)
City Attorney Dennis Herrera in his office at City Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Herrera files for injunction that would compel school district to reopen

City Attorney Dennis Herrera on Thursday filed for a preliminary injunction that…

City Attorney Dennis Herrera in his office at City Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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School board votes 5-2 to end selective admissions policy at Lowell

San Francisco’s school board voted on Tuesday to end a 55-year-old grade…

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A parent collective, Decreasing the Distance, held a march at City Hall on Saturday Feb. 6, 2021 to call for schools to reopen safely. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)

City attorney alleges SFUSD violating students’ constitutional rights by not reopening classrooms

Expanded lawsuit argues school district discriminating on basis of wealth

A parent collective, Decreasing the Distance, held a march at City Hall on Saturday Feb. 6, 2021 to call for schools to reopen safely. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)
School Board members Matt Alexander and Mark Sanchez hope to increase the percentage of San Francisco Unified School District spending focused on the classroom. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School district could increase portion of budget dedicated to classrooms

School board members will introduce a resolution on Tuesday to increase the…

School Board members Matt Alexander and Mark Sanchez hope to increase the percentage of San Francisco Unified School District spending focused on the classroom. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Staffers from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Office of Counseling and Post-Secondary Success have adapted to virtual connections with students during the pandemic. (SFUSD Screenshot)

SFUSD counselors assist students in many ways

Staffers offer academic and social support as well as college and career planning help

Staffers from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Office of Counseling and Post-Secondary Success have adapted to virtual connections with students during the pandemic. (SFUSD Screenshot)
A child sits near signs outside Jose Ortega Elementary School before a news conference to reopen SFUSD schools on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

School district and unions reach agreement to return to classrooms

Tentative deal would see staff return when city reaches red tier for COVID-19 risk

A child sits near signs outside Jose Ortega Elementary School before a news conference to reopen SFUSD schools on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Augustine and Paloma Gessner hold signs and march with their mother, Francesca, hoping that their local kindergarten can open for Augustine to attend school in-person. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)

Parents and children march to reopen schools

A large crowd of parents and children marched from San Francisco City…

Augustine and Paloma Gessner hold signs and march with their mother, Francesca, hoping that their local kindergarten can open for Augustine to attend school in-person. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)
Members of the Lowell High School Black Student Union read off a list of demands for the school’s administration following a racist incident on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lowell students rally against racism, call for new leadership and policies

Lowell High School students and community members on Friday stood firm in…

Members of the Lowell High School Black Student Union read off a list of demands for the school’s administration following a racist incident on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD (Examiner file photo)

SFUSD unions say they will return to in-person teaching when The City is in the red tier

Bargaining position may be at odds with push to get students back in classrooms quickly

SFUSD (Examiner file photo)
Children hold signs at Jose Ortega Elementary School during a news conference to reopen SFUSD schools on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Parents, city officials urge SFUSD to reach labor deal on reopening

District needs agreement by Feb. 18 to begin first phase by March 25

Children hold signs at Jose Ortega Elementary School during a news conference to reopen SFUSD schools on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Signs at the San Francisco Unified School District headquarters on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City sues school district over lack of progress on reopening

School board president calls lawsuit ‘political theater,’ says it could impede efforts

Signs at the San Francisco Unified School District headquarters on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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School board aims to change Lowell’s culture, end selective admissions

After decades of Black and Latino students decrying what has been described…

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Students in some groups are showing larger than usual disparities in learning outcomes after nearly a year of remote classes, new SFUSD data shows. (Shutterstock)

Data shows attendance and learning disparities have increased during distance learning

Disparities among students have widened after nearly a year of distance learning,…

Students in some groups are showing larger than usual disparities in learning outcomes after nearly a year of remote classes, new SFUSD data shows. (Shutterstock)
The San Francisco Unified School District’s African-American Achievement and Leadership Initiative is among the measures being taken to assist all Black students and staff. (Shutterstock)

Supporting success and achievement of all African American students

SFUSD committed to providing necessary conditions for positive outcomes

The San Francisco Unified School District’s African-American Achievement and Leadership Initiative is among the measures being taken to assist all Black students and staff. (Shutterstock)
Philip DeFauw, 58, of White Lake, Mich receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination from the Oakland County Health Division Vaccinator Sarahanne Kevelin, 24, of Clinton Twp., Mich. at Suburban Showplace in Novi, Mich. on Jan. 23, 2021. DeFauw says he retired as a middle school band teacher after 33 years and now substitute teaches with special-needs children that don’t wear masks. “My doctor said don’t go back, but now I can,” says DeFauw.

CA teachers union wants schools in ‘purple’ counties to stay closed for 100 days; vaccinations for staff

By Diana Lambert EdSource The California Teachers Association has told Governor Gavin…

Philip DeFauw, 58, of White Lake, Mich receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination from the Oakland County Health Division Vaccinator Sarahanne Kevelin, 24, of Clinton Twp., Mich. at Suburban Showplace in Novi, Mich. on Jan. 23, 2021. DeFauw says he retired as a middle school band teacher after 33 years and now substitute teaches with special-needs children that don’t wear masks. “My doctor said don’t go back, but now I can,” says DeFauw.
Everett Middle School along Church Street in the Mission District on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD middle school and high school students ‘unlikely’ to return to school this year

News comes as no surprise for many parents but district ‘took a long time to share it’

Everett Middle School along Church Street in the Mission District on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Dianne Feinstein Elementary School is one of more than 40 San Francisco schools set to be renamed following Tuesday’s school board vote. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Dozens of city schools to get new names

Mayor Breed slams school board vote, urges focus on ‘getting our kids back in the classroom’

Dianne Feinstein Elementary School is one of more than 40 San Francisco schools set to be renamed following Tuesday’s school board vote. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)