Newsletter September 17, 2021 (English)

Weekly updates from SF Parents
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SF Parents Member Meeting!

Thursday, September 30th, 7:00 pm

Please join us for our first IN-PERSON member meeting!

STEP 1. Not a member yet? Join here

STEP 2. After joining, RSVP here

It will be a great opportunity to get to know each other in person! We’ll also have some brief content, including a short discussion of how to understand the plan at your children’s schools for addressing learning loss, and lots of fun. 🥂🧋

 

School News

  • SFUSD in the **bottom 5%** of school districts in California for reading levels. What is an actual enormous crisis at SFUSD schools right now (and for many years)? Not in-school COVID-19 transmission, which is currently at zero, but appalling literacy rates. California Reading Coalition released its California Reading Report Card earlier this week, and SFUSD is currently ranked 267 out of 287, which puts the district in the bottom 5% in the state for reading levels. Might we humbly suggest that this would be an excellent focus for our Board of Education? 🙏  Especially given that these numbers probably worsened during prolonged distance and hybrid learning?
    • Take Action. The good news is that we can get every kid reading; and it’s not even a resource problem, for once. Instead, according to the report, “It is not the students themselves, or the level of resources, that drive student reading achievement–the primary drivers are district focus on reading, management practices, and curriculum and instruction choices.” Email kit@sfparents.org to get involved with our Curriculum/Literacy Committee, which will be putting on a number of educational events for parents+ in the coming weeks and months to help interested families constructively support your kid’s school(s) to get every kid reading, and reading well. 

Clip worth watching: Commissioner Moliga commenting on how “this is a moment

to step back and appreciate all the work we’ve been doing.” (We totally agree.)

  • The messy Collins/Lopez resolution seems to have lost steam, much thanks to you. Commissioners’ Collins and Lopez’s strange resolution calling for invented public health measures at odds with recommendations by the Department of Public Health, was moved to the Board of Education’s Budget Committee for fiscal review; that body doesn’t meet for another three weeks. As a reminder, there have been zero cases of in-school transmission of COVID-19 to date in SFUSD thanks to the Dept of Health’s steady hand. Can we celebrate for a moment a HUGE parent advocacy win? This resolution losing steam was an incredibly successful win for parent advocates–thank you to everyone who called in. Of course there are still some issues that do still need our district’s attention, such as:
    • Universal Modified Quarantine, including greater access to testing
    • A true adult vaccine mandate for everyone working in SFUSD schools
    • Learning loss & social emotional needs–what’s the plan? Where are the federal funds being spent?
    • Higher-quality Online Learning Program, and instruction while in quarantine
  • SF Parents & Chinese Parent Advisory Committee (CPAC) Collaboration. We’re excited about our deepening relationship and partnership with CPAC. Since last November 2020, we’ve frequently translated our important communications and materials to Chinese and distributed through some of the Chinese parent leaders within our SFUSD community; we’ve also connected to stay abreast of the issues most important to the Chinese SFUSD community, particularly monolingual and immigrant families. This past month, however, that relationship deepened even further. Are you a Chinese American parent who wants to get involved with CPAC? Contact info@cpacsf.org to get involved.
  • Before and After Care Progress? We want to check in on how before and after care is working for you and your child’s school(s). Have more spots opened up? Are wait lists still long? Contact meredith@sfparents.org to share your feedback. Many before and after care programs were waiting for local college students to return to campus to hire up. Did it pan out? Props to Supervisors Ronen and Melgar for checking up on this important issue for families!
  • New vaccination sites at SFUSD schools. More amazing city-school district partnership news! Mayor Breed, the Department of Public Health, and SFUSD are partnering to open vaccination clinics at Malcolm X Academy School in the Bayview, Balboa High School in the Excelsior, McCoppin Elementary School in the Inner Richmond and Sunset Elementary School in the Outer Sunset. Read more details, including opening hours, here.
  • Fun fact about SF Parents. We are now fiscally sponsored by Community Initiatives! To date, we have raised about $10K, with the majority of donations in the $5-200 range, in our whole life cycle as Decreasing the Distance and now SF Parents. Yup, the heavy load of our work is still being carried by our incredible volunteers. 💪 Know of anyone who can help us get a fundraising program off the ground so we can support robust community organizing and parent support across the city? Send them our way (hello@sfparents.org)! In the meantime …