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 plans on reopening for full in-person classes for all grades at the beginning of the 2021 - 2022 school year. 

Because not all kids can get the COVID-19 vaccine now, schools must follow the schools health guidance. Schools must continue to submit health plans to the public health department.

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 and follow state guidance for organized sports.

All children and staff do not have to wear masks outdoors.  Everyone must wear face coverings while inside.  People should bring their own face coverings although the facility will have extras for those who forget. Caregivers who are dropping off or picking up children inside are also required to wear masks.

You can enroll your child in multiple programs at a time. Cohorts are also no longer required.

All youth 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.

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. Being outdoors is safest. Unvaccinated people should wear a face covering indoors, and open windows and doors.

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 unvaccinated and either:  

If everyone is vaccinated except your child, and your child is not at high risk for COVID-19, people do not need to wear a mask.

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 state guidance for higher education.


Family resource centers

Family resource centers are open to help parents and families. See guidance about safe practices for these centers.

Get help

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Last updated July 22, 2021