THE COVID-19 EFFECT ON CALIFORNIA & SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOLS
In our most recent policy piece, sf.citi examines the impact of COVID-19 on California and San Francisco schools.
With the start of the new school year just around the corner, the question on everybody’s mind is will students return to the classroom even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise? In California, the short answer is no—not right now, at least. sf.citi takes a close look at how officials and schools in San Francisco and California are grappling with the ongoing health risks of COVID-19 coincided with the fast-approaching 2020-2021 academic year.
Our latest policy piece on COVID-19 and schools covers a lot. We break down California’s safe in-person school guidelines announced last week by Governor Gavin Newsom. We analyze how California’s state and local governments are working to overcome pandemic-induced budget shortfalls and strained school funding. And we explore the precautions schools in San Francisco must take to have even a chance of reopening and keeping students and staff safe. Read about all this and more in our policy piece below.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL DEEP DIVE ON JULY 29
On July 29, join sf.citi Executive Director, Jennifer Stojkovic, and an education expert for an in-depth discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on the San Francisco and California school systems.
Governments, exhausted parents, and students alike want nothing more than to see schools reopen. But COVID-19 has made the prospect a logistical nightmare at best and a life-threatening public health risk at worst. Problems that existed before the pandemic—teacher shortages and budget cuts, to name a few—have been magnified tenfold by COVID-19. On July 29, sf.citi will explore how California and San Francisco schools are grappling with the new challenges presented by COVID-19 and what students, staff, and parents can expect in the year ahead.
sf.citi’s discussion with ?? is one in a series of virtual events sf.citi is hosting to explore the effects of COVID-19. Last week, we chatted with the Policy Director for the Bay Area Council, Xiomara Cisneros, to learn about how COVID-19 is already shifting San Francisco’s housing and rental market. You can watch (or rewatch) that conversation here.
SPREADING MASK AWARENESS WITH SUPERVISOR AHSHA SAFAI
Last week, sf.citi continued our virtual 2020 Lunch and Learn discussion series with District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai. We were joined by sf.citi members Airbnb, AT&T, Funding Circle, Comcast, Lyft, Microsoft, Salesforce, Waymo, Zoox, and others.
Like just about everyone else, Supervisor Safai’s number one priority is controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping San Franciscans safe. He never thought he would see the day when he had to set up multiple food banks to ensure District 11 constituents had enough to eat. Home to a number of small businesses, District 11 is feeling the pain of San Francisco’s steep economic downtown in the wake of COVID-19.
Citing examples from South Korea and Japan, Supervisor Safai emphasized the importance of masks in suppressing COVID-19 and opening back up our local economy, workplaces, and schools. He would like to see a citywide campaign encouraging all San Francisco residents to wear masks and stop the spread. This is where you come in.
Which San Francisco celebrities and public figures would you like to see take part in a citywide mask campaign? Share your suggestions by tagging sf.citi on Twitter!
AMENDED GRT MEASURE HEADING TO THE SF BALLOT
Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors reached an agreement on an amended gross receipts tax (GRT) increase on the San Francisco tech sector.
The GRT measure joins additional business taxes on the November ballot, including the CEO Tax, and raises taxes at a time when many local tech companies have faced a steep economic downturn and been forced to lay off thousands of employees. Speaking to the San Francisco Examiner, sf.citi Executive Director Jennifer Stojkovic explained, “What local leadership fails to see is that tech’s exodus would strain the city’s revenue streams even further and worsen San Francisco’s economic outlook for years to come.”
DID YOU KNOW?
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