We have begun the 2020-21 school year in Online Town, our distance learning mode, and will continue through September 28, 2020. With our application to reopen campus approved by the San Francisco Department of Public Health as of 9/22, we will incrementally return students to campus, beginning with the youngest students.
As of Wednesday, September 23, the schedule for campus return is as follows. Kindergarten and first grades will return to campus on 9/29; second, third and fourth grade students will return on 10/5; fifth and sixth grade students will return on 10/8; and seventh and eighth graders will return on 10/14.
Below, you may read our comprehensive Family Guide to Returning to Town.
Our Testing Dashboard is updated weekly on Thursdays to reflect both student and employee tests administered on campus and reported cases. Below is the most recent data as of September 24, 2020.
Active Cases in Isolation
This number includes both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases across our student and employee population. Employees and students are directed to isolate if they are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. Members of the isolating individual's cohort will be notified and instructed to quarantine in the event of close contact during the infectious period. Other individuals, outside of the affected cohort, will be notified separately to protect privacy. For definitions and more information from the DPH, please see FAQs: Contact Tracing (8/4/20).
Total Cases Since 9/8/20
This number reflects cumulative results from administered tests, which began on 9/8/20, and reported results across students and employees.
All Test Results by Week
This chart reflects student and employee test results from tests administered weekly on campus. In September, the number of tests conducted was lower as we piloted the program and many employees continued to work from home. As students return to campus, testing numbers will increase and be reported here together.
Rates of Cases in School Population, Student Population, and Employee Population
All employees and Upper School students who opt-in are tested within a two-week period, allowing us to provide a trailing fourteen-day rate of positive cases, updated weekly. According to the DPH, school-wide closure may be appropriate if more than 5% of the school population is considered positive cases within a fourteen-day period (Reopening TK-12 Schools, 8/10/20). The denominator in each ratio is the current number of school-based individuals. A "positive case" is someone who has a positive test result and/or a suspected diagnosis based on symptoms.
Positivity Rates Among Students and Employees
These two tables delineate data that are showed above graphically. We show ratios of the actual tested population and the whole school-based population, as the latter is relevant to DPH's closure guidance around pivoting to Online Town. Student testing will begin the week before upper school returns to campus.