• Friday, July 10, 2020

Reopening CAIS - Weekly Update

Reminder: Please Complete the Census of After School Care Needs

Many thanks to all who have completed the census so far. With over 350 responses, we are compiling a vital understanding of our families’ needs for after school care. The survey closes this Monday, July 13; if you haven’t yet responded, we urge you to please fill it out to give the clearest sense of our community’s needs.

Complete the 4-question Census Survey at this link.

School Reopening Guidance

With its release of “COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry,” we have added the American Academy of Pediatrics to our roster of authorities that will guide our planning and decision making. The San Francisco Department of Public Health also released its guidance this week, “Reopening TK-12 Schools for In-Person, On-Site Instruction.” We are grateful to have this clarity from our local authorities and since Wednesday have been working through SFDPH’s guidance methodically. While it is too early to share any determinations, we imagine that our Reopening Task Force and administrators will find that the specifics of this strong guidance may lead to adjustments in our reopening plan.

As stated in our Guiding Principles and reiterated here, we will begin with an abundance of caution and will proceed with a commitment to systematic reassessment and adjustments to our approaches—both to risk management and student learning—based on information we actively seek from authorities and our community stakeholders. We’re following science as we work to support families who need to balance home, work, and school. 

Please note that our K-8 and Preschool programs are governed by two different bodies (SFDPH for K-8 and Department of Social Services for preschool). We appreciate families’ patience and flexibility as we navigate the streams of information and guidance from various sources.

An Important Milestone Before School Opening

We are asking all families to exercise vigilance in following CDC’s personal prevention strategies (including distancing, face covering, and hand washing) throughout the summer vacation and in particular for the 14-day period beginning Tuesday, August 11. Additionally, for those community members traveling this summer, the CDC has guidance on travel both in the United States (which is now the global center of COVID-19 infections) and internationally, including Guidance on Returning from International Travel. All CAIS employees are required to follow CDC guidance on summer travel. Thank you for honoring this important responsibility we all share to help keep our community safe and healthy.

Tuition Insurance

Last but not least, this is a friendly reminder that after Wed, July 15, 2020-2021 enrollment contracts will go into effect. Withdrawals after July 15 are eligible for tuition insurance for those who purchased it. Details about tuition insurance may be viewed here. Have a great weekend, practice distancing, masking, and hand hygiene!


  • Chinese American International School


    Early Childhood Division (Preschool) | Alice A. Carnes Center
    42/52 Waller Street 

    Early Childhood Division (K-1)
    and Lower School (2-5)
    150 Oak Street 

    Middle School (6-8)
    888 Turk Street 

    San Francisco, CA 94102

On This Day in History—The “Scopes Monkey Trial” Begins

On July 10, 1925, one of the most famous trials in U.S. history began. The so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial” which found a teacher on trial for violating a Tennessee ban on the teaching of evolution, has become emblematic in the still-ongoing struggle to assert the role of science in our society. Watching the pushback in certain corners on the wisdom of wearing masks and abiding by pandemic protocols, it’s clear that our nation still has work to do in the almost century since this landmark case.

Source: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/monkey-trial-begins