Pandemic Response Community Agreements

Just as I wear a mask to protect you, and you wear a mask to protect me, remember that the decisions you make impact others’ children, and the decisions others make will impact your children.”

Last Updated August 24, 2021. 


Purpose: These agreements are being shared in the spirit of making a community effort to mitigate the risks as much as possible in keeping our students, employees and families healthy and safe while attending in-person school. To be successful in this effort, it is important that all members of the CAIS community—parents, students, faculty and staff—do their utmost to ensure good hygiene and hand washing, the use of face coverings, and engaging in symptom screening. To guide our efforts, we ask that families review and abide by the agreements in this document together with CAIS students so that everyone is aware of our shared responsibilities. Your acknowledgement of this document (via response to the Google Form sent to all CAIS households) will affirm your obligation to comply with the terms outlined here. Please understand that our work as a community to mitigate risk and avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus is based in our shared commitment to these agreements.

Section I.  Chinese American International School will do its best to:

  • Provide an environment which has been risk assessed in response to COVID-19 infection and transmission.
  • Adhere to the guidance on face coverings, hygiene, symptom screening, testing, vaccination, travel, and quarantine as set out by public health officials.
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the needs of every child’s academic, social and emotional needs. 
  • Engage in regular communication with CAIS families with updates.

Section II.  Parents and Guardians—To help my child at school, I know and understand that:

  • If my child shows signs of physical illness, even only a cold, my child will need to stay home until a COVID-19 test result comes back negative, or until I can provide a note from my child’s pediatrician/clinic saying that they can go back to school without a test.
  • If my child, or anyone in my household, tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19, I will not send my child to school. We will follow public health guidance on home isolation and/or quarantine. I will have my child tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and I will email Pandemic Response and Health Coordinator Stephanie Liang and the associated Division Head with results as soon as they are received. CAIS Pandemic Response Plan Risk Management/CDC Back to School Guidance
  • If my child has close contact (see SFDPH Definition) with someone positive for COVID-19 outside of school, I will email covidresponse@cais.org and the associated Division Head and have my child follow public health guidance on home isolation and/or quarantine.
  • Clearance to return to school by Pandemic Response and Health Coordinator Stephanie Liang is required for absence due to symptoms or illness.
  • If my child shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school, I will pick them up from school immediately. 
  • I will ensure that my child has a mask and is wearing it properly upon entering school.
  • I will ensure lunch boxes and reusable water bottles are labelled and cleaned each day before they come to school. 
  • I will need to remind my child about mask wearing, but accept they may be difficult to follow, especially for younger children, and my child may not always do this successfully.
  • I will work with my child to maintain good hand, nose and mouth hygiene measures.
  • I will not be able to enter school buildings. I will communicate with the school via phone or email.
  • I need to support all faculty and staff in their efforts to create an “as safe as possible” environment according to public health officials during this pandemic. 
  • I will promptly read all school letters/messages/emails that are sent home.
  • I will inform the school immediately of any changes to home caregivers and emergency contact details.
  • If my child is deemed to be engaging in unsafe behavior, they will be sent home and cannot return until the school is convinced they can behave safely and strive to comply with our community norms and expectations (described in Section III below). 
  • Regardless of class placement, it is the school’s expectation and families’ responsibility to adhere to Department of Public Health guidelines both inside and outside of school including, but not limited to, the primary measures of using face masks, good hygiene/hand washing, symptom screening, vaccination, and participation in weekly saliva pool testing for COVID-19. 
  • I recognize the impact of my personal decisions on the health and safety of the community and therefore will not approach the school and request exceptions to clearly articulated policies.

Section III.  Students—I will do my best to:

  • Adhere to mask wearing rules while at school, both in class and on the playground.
  • Tell an adult immediately if I feel unwell.
  • Not share my food with other children. I will remain silent when I am unmasked and eating.
  • Only enter and exit the school building from the designated places.
  • Follow good hand, nose, and mouth hygiene: coughing and sneezing into a tissue (catch it-bin-it-kill-it), and washing hands afterwards. 
  • Follow good hand hygiene—use soap and water for 20 seconds (or hand sanitizer, when handwashing is not immediately available).
  • Follow these expectations and know that if I don’t, I may be sent home and will not be able to come back into school until I can be safe.

Questions? Contact covidresponse@cais.org