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COVID-19 Protocols – Updated July 12, 2023

Safety Protocol

  1. Stay home if ill. We continue to recommend that students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms stay home from school and get tested to help us keep our community safe. Families are expected to continue to self-screen daily at home for symptoms.

  2. Masks are optional at school. We strongly recommend a well-fitting, high-quality mask. If your child is experiencing symptoms or has been exposed. Please send your child to school with at least one mask. If your child has contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please contact the school and have your child wear a mask for 10 days.

Additional Details About our COVID-19 Safety Protocol

  1. The use of outdoor space will be maximized whenever possible.

  2. Ventilation – Our furnace was upgraded to include MERV 13 filters and every classroom has a portable HEPA air filter as well. We will keep windows and/or doors open whenever feasible and comfortable to maximize natural ventilation.

  3. Safe transportation practices – Students who carpool with other families or take public transportation should treat the vehicle as an indoor space.


  1. The school will perform testing of any symptomatic staff or students with a rapid antigen test and request subsequent PCR testing if needed.

  2. If you test at home and have a POSITIVE or INCONCLUSIVE result, please email us and do not come to school.

  3. Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately inform the school and isolate for 5 days. They may return after 5 days if they have: a negative test collected on or after day 5, no fever for 24 hours (without medication), and other symptoms are improving.

  4. We ask that you secure your own testing, PCR or antigen tests are acceptable. You can use any over-the-counter FDA-approved at-home test (antigen test list here, PCR/NAAT list here), or have your child tested by a healthcare provider or public health testing site (testing site info here).

  5. If you are testing to return from isolation after confirmed COVID, an antigen test is recommended.

  6. We do not want students or staff to miss school because they cannot get tested. Please contact the office to check on availability of tests if you cannot secure a test.

For details on the specific protocols we are following, please see SFDPH’s Guide for Isolation and Quarantine.

COVID Cases on Campus

  1. In the event that your child is exposed to COVID at school, Kittredge will follow the SFDPH’s guidance for schools (summarized here ). Students and staff may be permitted to attend school with a negative test as long as they do not have symptoms.

  2. Each case is unique and if your child is exposed to COVID at school you will be notified as to how to proceed.


  1. Kittredge requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  2. We urge all eligible students (ages 5 and older) and all Kittredge family/household members to get vaccinated and stay up to date with boosters at their earliest opportunity. To make an appointment, go to:

  3. Please keep your child’s vaccination record up to date. After each dose, upload a photo of your child’s vaccination card (or screenshot of the electronic record, available here) to this link for our records:

School Break and Travel Guidance

  1. If your child is experiencing symptoms after travel, please test for covid and send the results to the school.

  2. We hope that the updated protocols give staff and families a clear understanding of what to expect. Please contact Kittredge via phone or email if you have any questions.

Community Expectations

  1. Please make decisions not only for the wellbeing of your family but also for our entire school community. Kittredge School prioritizes the health and safety of its students, staff, families, and complies with the mandates and guidelines of the California (CDPH) and San Francisco (SFDPH) Departments of Health.

Thank you for keeping our community safe and healthy.

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