Schools, childcare, and youth programs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Information about schools, after school programs, summer camps, childcare and nannies.

What to do

Refer to the following guidance to keep you or your child safe when going to school, youth programs, and playdates. 

Schools (TK to 12)

San Francisco reopened for full in-person classes for all grades at the beginning of the 2021 - 2022 school year. 

To keep kids and staff healthy, schools must follow the schools health guidance.

Everyone must wear masks indoors. People should bring their own masks, although schools should have extras if people forget. Staying 6 feet away from others is no longer required. Cohorts are no longer required.

All students and staff should check themselves daily for possible COVID-19 symptoms before coming in. Stay home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. See the Department of Public Health’s guidance on when kids can return to school after having COVID-19 or being in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

We will continue to update our guidance as the state and the CDC update their recommendations.

Childcare, recreational programs and summer day camps

To keep children and staff healthy, facilities serving youth must follow SFDPH guidance on programs for children and youth: childcare, out‐of‐school time programs, and day camps. 

Everyone must wear masks indoors. Staying 6 feet away from others is no longer required.  Cohorts are no longer required. You can enroll your child in multiple programs at a time. 

Nannies, babysitters, and tutors can come to your home

Babysitters and nannies can come to your home to care for your children. Tutors can also come to your home.

You should hire someone you trust to be staying safe when outside their home. Caregivers should be extra careful about staying healthy, if anyone in your family is:

Taking care of your kids on playdates

Playdates outside are safer. If they are older than 2 and unvaccinated, they should wear a face covering indoors.

Special cases

Higher education

Programs include:

  • Universities and colleges
  • Vocational training courses (graphic design, plumbing)
  • Career pathway programs
  • Job skills training
  • Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes 

For more information, see the state’s resources for higher education.


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Last updated December 14, 2021