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Staying Healthy in 2020

Updates, Town Halls, and Communications

Last updated April 5, 2021

Recent Updates

Town Hall Recordings

Here is a list of school-wide communications from the past several months related specifically to COVID-19. Other messages from Head of School Shelly Luke Wille can be found on the sidebar of this page.

Our Approach

The rationale for our opening plan is to focus on three key priorities: the physical and emotional Health and Safety of all members of our community, Academic Continuity, and preservation of the Value of a CDS education. We are prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty, and families as well as the developmental needs of our students.

Decision-Making Strategy

We are currently operating under the city’s latest directive regarding school reopening, which can be found in full here and allows for schools to reopen without applying for a waiver. We will be working with the SF Department of Public Health to ensure that our policies and procedures are in compliance and working to keep our community as safe as possible.

We reaffirm our commitment to using an equity lens to support decision making as we proceed through the scenarios and the year (within the CDS community and the broader San Francisco community using the diversity statement and the Mission, Beliefs, and Values as guiding principles).

Additionally, we will be focusing on the four guiding principles outlined by the Board of Trustees for 2020-2021. (Note the first principle is tied to health and wellbeing.) 
1) Nurturing Health and Wellbeing; 2) Empowering Connection; 3) Amplifying Learning Experiences; and 4) Responsive Inquiry, Responsive Learning.

Q. Who makes the decisions?
The SF Department of Public Health provides health directives and orders which we are mandated to follow. Now the Governor's office has added some additional guidance. We use those directives to drive our internal decision making.

Q. What if SFUSD does not open?
We are not tied to SFUSD, as we are much more nimble and able to meet the guidelines for safe reopening from resource, space, and protocol perspectives (renting spaces, obtaining cleaning materials, PPP, etc.). This offers an opportunity to think about issues of equity in our plans. 

Our Families' Role in Returning to Campus (Community Agreements)

Last updated March 8, 2021

Our expectations are that we are all partners in protecting the health and safety of our community. During in-person learning, we will ask families to follow shared agreements. We expect that all community members will work to keep social contacts as small as possible. The following text contains more information about our current requirements.

Community Agreements

During this time, shared commitments from school and home are essential. In order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 within our community, we are sharing the following guidelines with all families and staff. These guidelines set forth the minimum expectations that all families must follow so that we may open safely and responsibly.

We know that continued partnership is essential to reopening for in-person learning and we thank you in advance for the additional precautions you take to ensure your child, your family, and our learning community are safe and healthy. 

These measures are critical for the health and safety of OUR TEACHERS and SUPPORT STAFF, as well as our broader community. We will continue to modify these community agreements and encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Follow Federal, State, and Local Health Orders 
We expect you to comply with directives issued by state and local governmental health departments, including the CDC, regarding physical distancing in public, mask-wearing and other measures imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Practice Physical Distancing
It is critical that we work together as a community to support community wellbeing by practicing physical distancing and limiting any mixture of households outside of school.   

COVID-19 Testing and Notifications
If you suspect your child or someone in your household has COVID-19, you must notify CDS ( within 24 hours, have the person(s) tested, and share the test results with school admin as soon as they are available.

Stay Home if Sick
If your child is sick in any way (not just C-19 symptoms), keep them home from school. Please monitor your child’s health with greater vigilance and avoid sending symptomatic children to school.*

Stay Home if Exposed**
If someone in your household has been notified that they were in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, notify CDS ( within 24 hours. Depending on the situation, you may be asked to keep your student home for 10 days. We will provide access to classes via distance learning.

Regarding Travel
All CDS community members will be encouraged to make smart decisions and follow our travel policy: If you engage in activities in which you are at increased risk of exposure, and/or if your family interacts with members outside your household and either party is unmasked and within 6 feet, especially if you were indoors, we ask that your family quarantine for 10 days before returning to CDS. This applies to local situations as well as travel.

Temperature checking

CDS staff will check temperatures upon entry into school using an infrared thermometer. If your student has a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be sent home. We expect an authorized caregiver to come and pick them up within one hour. 

Face Masks 
Ensure your student comes to campus every day with a face mask. Face masks with valves will not be permitted. We recommend that you practice masking behaviors outside of school, as well, to support the health and safety of our broader community.

Practice and reinforce good hygiene practices at home, in particular, the importance of frequent hand washing.

Students’ Personal Items 
Limit the items your child brings onto campus each day and reinforce policies around the sharing of food, supplies, and other items with other students.

Medical Forms and Emergency Contact Information
Parents must complete and submit all required student medical forms prior to the first day of school. Parents must provide at least 2 emergency contacts who will be able to pick up your child from school within one (1) hour of receiving a call from the School in the event that your child presents a temperature or becomes ill during the school day.

Thank you to the Kirby School for inspiring this document.

* We will screen children as they enter the school, and if a child self-reports or looks sick they will not be allowed to enter their classroom and we will call for more information. You may have to pick up your child within one hour.

** Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone who has been exposed/tested positive, without wearing a facemask for more than 15 minutes. 

CDS Travel Policy

Last updated April 5, 2021

Vaccinated individuals:

  1. Can travel within the US without needing to test or quarantine as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.
  2. Can travel internationally, but need a negative COVID 1-3 days before returning and then again 3-5 days after returning.
  3. Can gather indoors with other vaccinated individuals as long as group size does not exceed 12 individuals from a max of 3 households.

Non-vaccinated individuals:

  1. Can travel within California according to guidelines (limits on exposure to individuals outside of household).
  2. Should NOT travel outside of California. If they do, they can do one of the following:
    1. Test 1-3 days before returning and 3-5 days after returning. Quarantine 7 days after returning as long as test is negative.

    2. Quarantine for 10 days if no testing is performed

  3. Non-vaccinated individuals can gather indoors with others as long as group size does not exceed 12 individuals from a max of 3 households, provided everyone is masked and physically distanced the entire time, with proper ventilation. Eating/drinking is not allowed in this scenario.

Note: at this time, no children have been vaccinated so CDS students will need to follow the non-vaccinated guidelines above.


Students will be kept in small, stable, groups with fixed membership that stay together for all activities (e.g., instruction, lunch, recess) and minimize/avoid contact with other groups or individuals who are not part of the cohort. Students will be assigned to groups of no more than 16 with the same teacher(s), and school staff will document visits to classrooms that are not part of their cohort. Each classroom has a sign-in sheet/log on the door.  

In middle school, drop off/pick up will be staggered for all grades, class times will be staggered for cohorts to prevent mixing in the hallways, and cohorts will only use bathrooms on floors to which they are assigned

Entrance, Egress, and Movement Within the School

The following charts explain our drop-off and pick-up locations.

Early Childhood Program: 333 Campus

  Preschool Transitional Kindergarten Kindergarten

8:00 - 8:30 AM

SJH Main Lobby Doors SJH Double Wooden Doors adjacent to driveway SJH Main Lobby Doors; go directly to the yard
and back in through central glass door

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Large yard gate or
SJH Main Lobby Doors
(PS Cohorts 4/5 use Double Doors)

SJH Double Wooden Doors adjacent to driveway  

2:45 - 3:00 PM


Outside SJH Main Lobby; groups will wait by:​
Recycling, lemon tree, bike racks, or NDP fire gate


Lower School Program: Various Campuses

  1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade

8:30 - 9:00 AM

16th street building or large yard gate;
wait for teachers to walk to classrooms
Grace Church on 16th Street SJH Main Lobby Doors; wait for
specialists to walk to classrooms
Main 601 Doors (19th Street Entrance)

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Either 16th street building
or main yard gate

3:00 - 3:15 PM

  Grace Church on 16th Street SJH Main Lobby Doors Main 601 Doors (19th Street Entrance)


Middle School Program: 601 Dolores Campus

Drop-off (8:30-9:00 a.m.) and pick-up (time TBD) will take place at the Dolores Street entrance on the side of the 601 Dolores building for all grades. 5th Grade will attend in-person classes on Tuesdays, 6th Grade on Thursdays, 7th Grade on Mondays, and 8th Grade on Fridays.


Movement Within the School

  • Grades will stagger recess and lunch to prevent mixing of cohorts.  
  • Middle school daily onsite will use roof deck or Dolores Park
    • Lunch 12 - 1 pm (one class will do 11:30 - 12:30)
  • Students will minimize movement through hallways. 
    • Recess/lunch times will be staggered: Spiders use lobby doorway, Rainbow Unicorns central hallway door, TK lobby stairs and lobby doorway, KC1 central hallway door, KC2 west stairs, KC3 central stairs, and KC4 east stairs
    • Lower school grades will use west stairway for entering/exiting school and east stairway for entering/exiting yard
    • All hallways will be marked to designate traffic direction. 601 going “down” stairs are main front desk stairs and 601 going “up” stairs are Founders’ Hall/tower stairs
    • Bathrooms: all ECP rooms in SJH (preschool through K) use 1st floor bathrooms; 3rd grade uses 3rd floor bathrooms; onsite lunch/recess 1st/2nd use 1st floor bathrooms; onsite lunch/recess/PE 4th grade use 3rd floor bathrooms; 4th grade (601) uses first floor bathrooms; Middle school single onsite days (601) uses 2nd floor bathrooms
  • Before approaching a teacher's desk, students must ask permission.
  • Students will be assigned storage space for personal belongings at least 6 feet apart
Physical/Social Distancing

Space and routines will be arranged in the following way to allow for physical distancing of students and staff:

  • Staff will stay 6 feet from other adults as much as possible and use Zoom for any meetings with other faculty or parents.
  • Staff will stay 6 feet away from students when feasible.  
  • Staff kitchen will have max occupancy posted.
  • Student physical distancing:
    • Plastic partitions will be used on student and staff desks.
    • Furniture and play spaces will be rearranged to maintain separation. Students will sit in the same seats each day, and seats will all face the same direction.
    • Staff desks will be 6 feet away from student desks, regardless of space limitations.  
  • Early Childhood/Elementary school: During group activities, playtime and recess, physical distancing may be relaxed for students in stable classroom cohorts who are wearing face coverings. When outside or in shared spaces, preventing interactions between cohorts should be prioritized over distancing of students within a cohort.  
  • Middle school: 
    • Drop off/pick up will be staggered for 5th and 6th grades.
    • Class times will be staggered for cohorts to prevent mixing in the hallways.
Cleaning Procedures

Last updated August 28, 2020

Children’s Day School is implementing the following protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention, following the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and San Francisco Health Department. Below are the following procedures and protocols being taken to maintain a clean and healthy learning environment at CDS.

  • High touch surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, handles, doors, desks, tables, chairs, carts, handrails, laptops, sinks, countertops, play equipment, etc.) to be cleaned and disinfected throughout the school day. Teachers, staff, and facilities will all participate in cleaning and disinfecting the school throughout the school day.
  • Hand washing will be encouraged throughout the school day (before school, recess, lunch, Extended Care, etc.) We have installed touch-free restroom fixtures and touch-free wash stations in the outside play areas, in both Lower School and Preschool areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the school buildings, outdoor play areas and the Farm & Garden areas.
  • Custodians will routine clean first, then disinfect all areas. This will occur throughout the school day and after school. EPA recommended and approved products and equipment will be used to clean and disinfect the school, offices, and rental spaces. Manual cleaning, UV light wands, and the use of electrostatic sprayers will be used to kill bacteria and viruses.
  • COVID-19 signage regarding wearing a mask, hand washing frequently, hand sanitizing, social distancing, sneezing & coughing procedures, No Visitors, stay home when you are sick, etc. have been placed throughout the CDS campus as a constant reminder.
  • Plexiglass “sneeze guards” have been installed in the CDS reception areas and classrooms where social distancing is not attainable to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • All classrooms have been issued bottles of hand sanitizer, bottles of disinfectant, disinfectant wipes & rolls of paper towels to inhibit the spread of germs.
  • Air ventilation: buildings with HVAC systems have been upgraded with MERV 13 air filters and adjusted to bring in 100% outside air. All classrooms have HEPA air purifiers and /or portable A/C units to assist in reducing airborne dust, allergens, bacteria, and viruses. The air filter systems in these portable A/C units have been upgraded to MERV 13 air filters. Opening doors and windows is encouraged to improve air circulation inside. Ceiling fans and box fans are available if needed.
  • The use of Bi-Polar Ionization units inside HVAC ducting is being considered as added prevention to further remove air contaminants.

Outdoor Playgrounds

Outdoor areas generally require normal routine cleaning and do not require disinfection. As a precautionary measure, CDS will routinely clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars, swings, tricycles and railings. Cleaning and disinfection of wood surfaces (e.g., play structures, benches, tables) or groundcovers is not recommended.

Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing Products

  • Bioesque Disinfectant Solution – one-step cleaner with bactericidal, virucide, and fungicidal claims. Utilizes Thymol, an antimicrobial agent present as a component of Thyme Oil. Kills 99.9 % of viruses in one minute, 99.9% of bacteria in two minutes, and 99.9% of fungi & molds in 3 minutes.
  • Atlas Multi-purpose cleaner #23 – Hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner that kills bacteria & viruses like H1N1, SARS & Coronavirus. Green seal. Navigation Dilution Control System.
  • Comet Disinfecting Powder Cleaner – Germicide
  • Compass Neutral Floor Cleaner #24 – Hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner that kills bacteria & norovirus. Green seal. NDC System
  • Clorox Cleanup: Cleaner & Bleach – Effectively cleans, disinfects & sanitizes against viruses/COVID-19
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (alcohol-free) – Effectively cleans, disinfects and sanitizes against viruses/COVID-19
  • Fresh Start Washroom Tub & Tile Cleaner #27 – Hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner that kills bacteria & viruses like H1N1, SARS & Coronavirus. Green seal.NDC System
  • Germ-Kleen Plus – Cleaner, disinfectant, virucide (kills viruses) & bacteria. Effective against HIV1, influenza & staphylococcus. NDC System
  • Infinity Glass Cleaner #25 – Cleaner. Green seal. NCD System
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray – Effective in killing viruses like COVID -19
  • Pine G Kleen – Cleaner
  • Pure Bright Bleach – Germicide Ultra Bleach
  • Simple green – Disinfectant cleaner
  • Summit Heavy Duty Cleaner – Cleaner. Green seal. NDC System

Cleaning Materials/Equipment

  • Vacuum: ProTeam Line Vacer HEPA Backpack
  • Electrostatic Cordless Backpack Sprayer: Victory Innovations, Model#VP300ES
  • Electrostatic Cordless Handheld Sprayer: Victory Innovations, Model#VP200ESK (2)
  • Vray Cordless UV-C High-Intensity Sanitizer – Handheld Wand (2)
  • Floor mops: use one mop head for a specific area to avoid spreading germs
  • Microfiber cloths are more absorbent to remove dirt and germs.  Must be changed frequently to be effective.

Custodial Staff

  • Custodial staff must wear a face mask while working at CDS. Latex gloves and face shields are available. Full protective gowns are also available for “as needed” basis.
  • Each custodian has their own cleaning and disinfecting equipment and materials. Each has their assigned work area and are to practice social distancing (6’)
  • Each custodian is trained on the use of cleaning and disinfectant solutions and cleaning equipment
  • Wash hands frequently (20 – 30 seconds) & social distancing while working
  • If sick, stay home. Call supervisor
Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear
  • All CDS community members are expected to wear a mask at all times while on campus, except while eating, drinking, or (in the case of students) napping.
  • Students with documented medical or behavioral contraindications to face coverings are exempt. They should be seated 6 feet away from other students, when possible to do so without stigmatizing the student.
  • Staff with a documented medical contraindication to a face covering may be allowed to wear a face shield with a cloth drape on the bottom tucked into the shirt. 
  • Staff and students may not enter the building or campus unless they are wearing a face covering or have documentation of a medical contraindication to face coverings. CDS stocks a supply of face coverings for individuals who have forgotten to bring one.  
  • Students exempt from wearing a face covering, in second grade and below, or those with developmental delays should not be excluded from class if they cannot consistently wear a face covering. Teachers will continue to encourage and remind them to wear their face covering.  
  • CDS will exclude students third grade and above from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering and refuse to wear one provided by the school. We will consider equity issues when considering excluding students. Excluding students should be considered only after careful consideration of the unique circumstances of each individual student and exhausting efforts to encourage face coverings. CDS will offer alternative educational opportunities for students who are unable to return to in-person schooling.  
  • CDS will avoid group singing in the lower school and middle school. We will suspend choir and wind instruments (band). These activities are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission due to the larger numbers of respiratory droplets produced. Percussion and string instruments are allowed. 
  • Speech and language therapists and staff working with hard-of-hearing students may also use a face shield with a cloth drape tucked into the shirt, if a face covering interferes with their ability to work with students. A clear mask or clear portable barrier such as a plexiglass barrier may also be used. A barrier generally provides the best protection for both student and staff. Staff should wear a face covering at other times.
  • CDS will not use face shields in place of face coverings in other situations. Face shields have not been shown to keep the wearer from infecting others.  
  • Staff will consider using a face shield in addition to a face mask or cloth face covering. Face shields provide additional eye protection for the wearer. When a face shield is used with a mask or face covering, a cloth drape is not needed.
Healthy Hygiene Practices

The following protocols for hygiene will be practiced throughout the school:

  • All students will wash hands before and after eating snacks and lunch
  • All students will sanitize hands before entering building, upon transition between activities, and after sharing equipment
  • Every classroom/instructional space and common area (staff work rooms, eating areas) will have hand and surface sanitizer.  
  • All sanitary/hygiene equipment will be checked and refilled each day.
  • Signs encouraging hand hygiene are posted throughout campus.
  • Students must bring a water bottle daily. All drinking fountains have been replaced with contactless filling stations for reusable water bottles. 
  • Sharing of art supplies, manipulatives, and other high-touch materials will be as limited as possible. Where feasible, teachers will have a separate set of supplies for each student. 
  • Each student’s supplies and belongings will be kept in separate, individually labeled boxes or cubbies. 
  • Sharing of electronic devices, sports equipment, clothing, books, games and learning aids will be avoided when feasible. 
  • Shared supplies and equipment (books, blocks, legos) will only be shared within a cohort and will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Yard areas will only be used by one cohort at a time and will be sanitized between groups.
Health Screenings

Everyone entering the campus will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, and students and staff who are found to be ill will be separated from others and sent home immediately. Here are the full details:

  • Entrance will be restricted to employees and students - no visitors of any kind.
  • All persons entering the building or campus will be asked about symptoms and exposure to COVID-19, including staff, students, parents/caregivers, contractors, and government officials. Emergency personnel responding to a 9-1-1 call are exempted. 
  • At drop off, families will be asked if their child has exhibited any of the following symptoms (that are not due to another known condition):
    • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
    • Sore throat 
    • Cough (for children with chronic cough from allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline) 
    • Difficulty breathing (for children with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing) 
    • Diarrhea or vomiting 
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • New onset of severe headache
    • Note: If a student ONLY has a runny nose, they do not have to stay home or get tested. That is because runny noses in young children are so common that they alone are not an indicator of COVID, or even that a child is sick. However, if a student has ANY other symptoms at all, or has other symptoms AND a runny nose, they must stay home and get tested.
  • Families have the option of (a) taking a child’s temperature before arrival and reporting it; or (b) opting that the child’s temperature be taken with a “no-touch” (infrared) thermometer upon arrival. If a child looks unwell, personnel will take child’s temperature. 
  • Personnel will look at every child and look for signs of illness like flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing, fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
  • Children who pass screening will wash their hands with soap and water or clean their hands with hand sanitizer before they enter the building or program.
  • Children with symptoms of COVID-19 or a fever will be sent home and encouraged to seek COVID-19 testing (resources available here). We will keep students who are waiting to be picked up in a designated isolation room. 
  • Adults with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 will not be allowed on campus.
  • All teachers and staff will be universally tested prior to start of school and then periodically thereafter to detect asymptomatic infections, at the frequency of all staff over 2 months, where 50% are tested every month. As a school that charges tuition, CDS will contract with a private testing lab to provide testing free of charge.
  • Staff and students must follow the CDS Travel Policy.
What to Do if Your Child Is Sick

As described in the "Health Screenings" section above, please watch for the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Sore throat 
  • Cough (for children with chronic cough from allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline) 
  • Difficulty breathing (for children with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing) 
  • Diarrhea or vomiting 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • New onset of severe headache
  • Note: If a student ONLY has a runny nose, they do not have to stay home or get tested. That is because runny noses in young children are so common that they alone are not an indicator of COVID, or even that a child is sick. However, if a student has ANY other symptoms at all, or has other symptoms AND a runny nose, they must stay home and get tested.

If you develop symptoms, 

  • Get tested for COVID-19. Please notify us immediately if you test positive. 
  • Stay at home and away from other people while waiting for results. See here for more information on home isolation after a COVID-19 test.
  • To get a test, contact your regular health care provider. Tell them that you received a General Exposure Advisory and have symptoms. Health care providers in San Francisco are required to offer you a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms, under Health Order C19-15c.  If you do not have a regular provider, contact the clinic on your health insurance card.  
  • If you do not have health insurance or a regular health care provider, call:
    • SFDPH New Patient Appointment Call Center for COVID-19 at 415-682-1740
    • Mission Neighborhood Health Center at 415-552-3870 x2217
    • If you live in San Francisco, you can call 311 (415-701-2311 from outside SF, 415-701-2323 TTY) for help finding a healthcare provider. If you live outside San Francisco, please check with your county health department.

Parents or caretakers of any child who is sent home with COVID symptoms will be instructed that the child and family must follow the criteria as well as any applicable requirements from the quarantine and isolation directives before returning to school. If they are required to self-quarantine or self-isolate, they may only return to school after they have completed self-quarantine or self-isolation. If they test negative for the virus (no virus found), they may only return to school after symptoms have resolved and they are fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-suppressing medication. 

If a student is sick and unable to attend school, parents will be asked to fill out this form. Please then email your student’s teacher as well as

Identification and Tracing of Contacts

The following actions will be taken if there is a confirmed case:

  • CDS will contact the SFDPH Schools and Childcare Hub as soon as possible. (Call (415) 554-2830 Press 1 for COVID-19, then press 6 for Schools, or email SFDPH will help the school determine if the classroom, cohort, or school needs to be closed. School-wide closure also may be appropriate if at least 5 percent of the total number of students, teachers, and staff are cases within a 14-day period.  
  • Windows in areas used by the sick person will be opened to maximize outdoor air circulation. Access to those areas will be closed off as soon as feasible, until they can be cleaned and disinfected.  
  • These guidelines will be followed.
  • CDS will work with SFDPH to take initial steps to identify individuals who had close contact with the person with COVID-19. Exposed individuals or their families will be notified, informed how to get tested, and understand when they or their child can return to school, usually 14 days after the exposure. 
  • CDS will notify all school staff, families, and students that an individual in the school has had confirmed COVID-19. CDS will not disclose the identity of the person, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. 
  • Our contact tracing procedures:
    • SFDPH and CDS COVID-19 Coordinator Chris Teare will discuss who may have been exposed. 
    • SFDPH interviews the person with COVID-19, or their family in the case of a child, to find out who they might have exposed to COVID-19. 
    • CDS contacts community members who may have been exposed, as directed by SFDPH, to tell them that a Contact Tracer from SFDPH will be calling them soon. This way, nobody will be surprised or suspicious when they get a call shortly thereafter. 
    • CDS gives the names, phones numbers and other contact information of people who may have been exposed to the SFDPH Contact Tracing Team. 
    • The SFDPH Contact Tracing Team calls the people who may have been exposed (i.e. staff, children, or their parents). The team helps people understand what to expect and what to do next. They refer people for testing for COVID-19 and to resources to help them quarantine.
Phases of Returning

Last updated August 21, 2020


Childcare and Aftercare Offerings

Updated October 22, 2020

We will no longer be able to provide DROP-IN aftercare due to health and safety reasons. In order to participate, your student MUST be on a roster. In this linked post, we outlined our process for making plans for cohorting students in aftercare.

*If you are interested in aftercare and have not filled out this survey, please do so AND email Erin for kindergarten or Chris for 1st grade and up. More details are available below.

Students will move to a room (or stay in a room) on the main 333 campus that will be sanitized and aired out before use in the afternoon.

We are still working on a static, monthly billing plan. Until that is set up, we will be using Procare, as normal, to track hours in aftercare. At the end of the school day, your student will be signed in to aftercare. At pick up time, you will use Procare on your phone to sign out contact free. Your student will be called down to meet you outside.

  • Aftercare hourly charges can be found at this link. A late charge of $10/minute after 5:35 will be assessed (as per normal Extended Program operations).

Per SF Department of Public Health guidance, daily attendance is not mandatory. However, a student may not be concurrently enrolled in more than one youth program (for example, a sports program would not be allowed).

Per the updated SFDPH guidelines referenced above, students will be kept in strict cohorts of no more than 14 students, working with the same staff members. Cohorts will be created from classrooms in the same grade, based on interest. Once created, cohorts will remain stable for the school year.

Hygiene/sharing materials

  • All spaces, equipment and toys will be cleaned and disinfected daily.  
  • Surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures will be routinely cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected.
  • Toys, arts and crafts materials, or school supplies (e.g., scissors, markers, pens, pencils, glue sticks, etc.) will not be shared between groups of children. 

We are actively working to adapt to the new normal! We are exploring ways to maintain enrichment opportunities, despite being unable to mix groups in the afternoon. However, below you can find information about programming so far.

  • Every afternoon will begin with snack time and free play, outside if weather permits (please be sure to pack an extra snack!).
  • Activity hour will be from 4 - 5 pm (indoor activity options).
  • Pick up time (5 - 5:30 pm) will either be on the yard or in the classroom.
CDS @ Home

Last updated December 7, 2020

Students Remaining in Distance Learning

Documentation about our distance learning procedures can be found in this document and continues to evolve as we respond to parent feedback and shifting numbers. If entire cohorts, grades, or buildings need to quarantine or if the conditions in the community necessitate it, we will move back to the model from the start of the year with all students in distance learning with their cohort teacher. We plan to start January in a fully distance model to allow for quarantine of 14 days as we expect that faculty and staff as well as families will want to travel to see relatives over the winter break.

Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning

Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the SF Department of Public Health. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school. The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.


We have researched a variety of software platforms and have confirmed we will still be using Seesaw in the Early Childhood Program/Lower School and Canvas in the Middle School. Enterprise Zoom will continue to be our conferencing tool. We will continue to work with other tools that are division-specific, such as Epic, IXL, Khan Academy, etc. There will also be more synchronous engagement this year.

For additional information, please see these recordings: 

For assistance, please reach out to the CDS Tech team at

Opportunities to Address Equity

CDS has supported equity in a number of different ways throughout the pandemic, including the following: 

  1. Financial support for any families experiencing hardship is provided through a process facilitated by the Head of School and Director of Finance. Families requesting redistribution of payments, forgiveness of some payments, and additional sliding scale support was provided as well as support for individual basic needs (food, rent, short-term childcare support). All support was provided based upon documented financial needs.
  2. Students were all provided with devices (Macbooks or iPads) with necessary applications. Some families were provided with hot spots if they did not have adequate internet access, and in some cases funding was provided to increase internet access and bandwidth. 
  3. CDS prioritized the support of families with caregivers in essential roles or roles that required in-person work and families who participate in our sliding scale tuition program. These families were given priority access to to summer camps as well as child care once we were allowed to offer it. The same prioritization is used for after school care. 
  4. In addition to supporting our internal community, CDS is mindful of the disparities in the city and has provided programming and content to our partner, the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, as well as local public school teachers in our community.

Last updated September 24, 2020

Once school opens, is my student allowed to participate in sports?
Yes. Please see this directive from the California Department of Public Health on how to participate in youth sports safely. However, this only applies to in-person schooling. If your student is participating in on-campus childcare through Extended Program, guidelines by the SF Department of Public health prohibit participating in multiple out-of-school-time programs.

What do I do if I am exposed to a known positive case (e.g. at work)? 
If ANYONE is exposed to a positive case (regardless if they are guardian or student), that person must quarantine (guidance on quarantine/isolation found here) for 14 days. This applies even if that person receives a negative test result, the reason being that the period during which an infection can begin is 14 days. If a test result is negative on day 5 after exposure, it is still possible to develop an infection afterwards. While quarantining in a shared household, it is important to take precautionary steps (such as wearing a mask and limiting exposure to others). Those cohabitating do NOT need to quarantine themselves UNLESS the exposed individual develops symptoms/tests positive. Then, that person must isolate (guidance in the above link) and the others in the shared household must seek testing and quarantine.

What about essential workers?
We are looking into the possibility of providing essential or critical worker care to support online home learning. 

Can we participate in community testing?
Yes. Families will be able to participate at cost; families participating in sliding scale tuition will receive support for the testing. At this time, we do not plan to require a negative test for students to start school. This may change as directives from the local agencies dictate. 

How did teachers prepare their curriculum for Online Home Learning?
Teachers are mostly off during the summer. We encouraged them to think about their curriculum and we have offered a number of workshops and prioritized professional development to support distance learning and anti-racist best practices. 

What have we learned from last year?
We learned which schedules work best for students and how to support divisional needs. We also know that we need to have a different type of engagement (small groups, individual check-ins, projects with supplies, etc.) for some of our youngest students.

How will you support families who are choosing not to send their children to school due to vulnerabilities?
We are working on this plan and have allocated one teacher to support these students. Our plans will continue to be refined as we develop our understanding of the community’s needs.