COVID 19 RESPONSE GUIDE 2020-21
Posted July 27, 2020
Updated: January 14, 2021
Most recent updates: Updated quarantine from 14 to 10 days per SFDPH guidance found here.
To review our COVID 19 CAMPUS REOPENING PLAN 2020-21 by category, click on categories below or review the complete plan (.pdf) by clicking HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, UHS is not allowing visitors on campus. Faculty/Staff and Students are allowed on campus in accordance with our reopening plan. If there is an extenuating circumstance where an in-person visit is required, please contact Sharon Young or Michel Novak for pre-approval.
The UHS COVID-19 Task Force has been working steadily since March to understand and interpret guidance from the state, county, and San Francisco Department of Health and other agencies in order to create a comprehensive and flexible plan for the reopening of our campus. We use our core values to ensure that we are aligning our decision-making and our policies and procedures in ways that adhere to state, county and city regulations and support our entire community.
We want to begin by recognizing the UHS faculty and staff who have shown extraordinary dedication to our students and our program since the beginning of this pandemic. Our teachers quickly adjusted their practices to a remote platform, engaged in additional training during the summer, and managed their own lives during this shelter-in-place order. Our essential staff has been on campus as needed and many have moved entire offices and programs into their homes. Supporting our employees’ well-being and their ability to provide a robust educational program is key as we consider our readiness to begin in-person learning on campus.
UHS has and will continue to place health and wellness at the center of our planning; appreciating that while we cannot eliminate risk, we can mitigate it by creating a set of clear practices, protocols, and shared responsibilities that we must adhere to as a community.
We are publishing this reopening plan in October to give our community ample time to prepare for our return to campus.
As of the news of approval from the San Francisco Department of Health, we are moving to Response Level 2 (see chart below). Creating the most effective and positive environment for our students and teachers within this ever-changing context is going to require that we closely monitor the teaching and learning experience and make modifications to our plan as the school year continues. We will likely need to shut down for illness and spikes in community infection rates over the next several months. The more flexible and patient we are with these setbacks, the better we can support the positive UHS experience for everyone.
- 7.28.2020: [UHS] Follow-up to July 27th Parent Meeting
- 10.6.2020: [UHS] A Message From the Head of School
- 10.30.2020: [UHS] November Orientation Information
- 11.06.2020: [UHS] Orientation Update and Reminders
- 11.20.2020: [UHS] Travel Advisory and Recommendations
Current Response Level:
Upcoming Key Dates:
- Dec 18-Jan. 7: Winter Break
- Student COVID Protocols
- SFUHS Campus Reopening Plan
- COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year- July 17, 2020
- Well-being Support at UHS during COVID19 and Beyond
- College Counseling COVID-19 Resources
- California Department of Public Health
- San Francisco Department of Public Health
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Office of the Mayor: News & Updates
- SFDPH- When Someone has suspected or confirmed COVID-19
UHS COVID-19 Task Force Contacts:
- Head of School, Julia Russell Eells: Julia.Eells@sfuhs.org
- COVID-19 Information Coordinator, Carol Coles: Carol.Coles@sfuhs.org
- Dean of Faculty, Assist. Head of School, Nasif Iskander: Nasif.Iskander@sfuhs.org
- Chief Financial Officer, Michael Novak: Michael.Novak@sfuhs.org
- Dean of Teaching & Learning, Byron Philhour: Byron.Philhour@sfuhs.org
- Dean of Students, Alexandra Simmons: Alexandra.Simmons@sfuhs.org
- Director of Communications, Jenn Soult: Jenn.Soult@sfuhs.org
Health Office/Student Safety Coordinator - Elizabeth Schaffernoth:
- RISK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
- PHYSICAL (SOCIAL) DISTANCING PROTOCOLS
- CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
- OUTDOOR SPACES
- ENTRANCE, EGRESS, MOVEMENT WITHIN THE SCHOOL
- FACE COVERINGS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL PROTECTIVE GEAR
- HAND HYGIENE
- COVID TESTING AND SYMPTOM SCREENING
- ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING FOR EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS
- DATA AND EVALUATION
- SIMULTANEOUS DISTANCE LEARNING
- TRIGGERS FOR SWITCHING TO DISTANCE LEARNING
- COMMUNICATION AND PRIVACY
- FOOD SERVICE
- IDENTIFICATION AND TRACING OF CONTACTS
- OUR HEALTH OFFICE - Support for Students/Employees with Symptoms
- PLEDGE OF MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITY
- STAFF TRAINING AND EDUCATION
- ATHLETICS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
- Financial Considerations for the School and for Our Families
- COVID-19 TASK FORCE, TEAM AND STAFF