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‘Educational emergency’: SF Board of Education worries about lack of COVID protocols

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Parents, academics, metropolis leaders, and faculty board members are all discovering it laborious to get on the identical web page for COVID security within the San Francisco Unified School District. 

On Monday evening a San Francisco Board of Education member sounded the alarm.

Alison Collins spoke to KRON4’s Haaziq Madyun. It’s a narrative you’ll solely see on KRON 4.

A tweet from San Francisco Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez reads “After years of this request, San Francisco Department of Public Health is still refusing to come and speak at the school board and answer questions for the public. Our schools and educators are drowning during the omicron surge and we need to hear directly from experts at our meeting next Tuesday.”

Officials at SFDPH confirmed, they aren’t taking the board president up on the invitation.

“We need to do better at working together to be planning ahead,” mentioned SF Board of Education member Alison Collins.

It is lack of planning for the put up winter break COVID surge, on the half of SFUSD and SF metropolis leaders, that SF board of schooling commissioner Alison Collins believes created a disaster for fogeys, academics, and college students.

“This is an educational emergency! We have schools that are barely able to function because of lack of staffing. We’re trying to fill gaps with parent volunteers. We’re trying to fill gaps with central office staff, and that’s just not acceptable,” Collins mentioned.

Collins says, restricted obtainable testing websites within the district and overcrowded testing areas which might be open to the general public are two main issues going into the second week of faculty

“It is hard to find tests. You look to make an appointment and you have a week to wait. that is not acceptable for folks who want to stay safe,” Collins mentioned.

“The line was out the door, around the block, up the hill, and at the end of the day when we shut down there still people who wanted more testing,” mentioned SFUSD father or mother Alita Fisher.

Fisher is describing her current expertise at public testing web site within the metropolis’s Lakeview district. She talks about how the lack of obtainable testing is disrupting the common faculty routine of particular wants college students within the district.

“There’s a lot of families who have kids with disabilities, especially those kids who are immunocompromised. We are really worried about the lack of information, guidance changing under omicron. How transmissible. It is just super scary for families,” Fisher mentioned.

“We know the demand is very high. We are doing everything that we can to get tests into the hands of staff and families,” mentioned SFUSD spokesperson Laura Dudnik.

In reality, Dudnik says this week 1000’s of take-home checks offered by the state are going out this week.

“So we have about 56,000 of those. We’re working on getting those to schools right now so that schools can get those into the hands of students and families this week,” Dudnik mentioned.

Commissioner Collins says it’s not too late for SFUSD to observe the lead of different faculty districts within the state

“Other districts are doing this better, and we need to learn from them. We need to make it easier for families,” Collins mentioned.