Return to School 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 March 1, 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 CAIS campuses open. 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 physical distancing and symptom tracking. 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 review of this document 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 distancing, face coverings, hygiene, symptom screening, 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. 
  • Contact parents/guardians if a child or close contact of a child (e.g., cohort member or teacher) displays symptoms of COVID-19, as this will mean the child will need to self-isolate for at least 10 days or until a COVID-19 test comes back negative (test results must be shared with school). 
  • 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:

  • Any child showing signs of physical illness, even only a cold, will need to stay home until a test result comes back negative, or quarantines for 10 days per SFDPH guidelines.
  • 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 self-isolate as a family. I will have my child tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and I will email Pandemic Response Coordinator Adam Ross and the associated Division Head with results as soon as they are received. Reopening CAIS Risk Management Planning/CDC Back to School Guidance
  • If my child has close contact (see SFDPH Definition, pp. 4-5) with someone positive for COVID-19, I will email covidresponse@cais.org and the associated Division Head and isolate my child at home for 10 days from last exposure to the individual positive for COVID-19.
  • Clearance to return to school by Pandemic Response Coordinator Adam Ross, Health Center Director Lesly Louie (or their designee) 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. 
  • On my commute, and when dropping my child off and picking them up, I will maintain a distance of 6-ft away from anyone who is not my child.
  • When dropping off and picking up, I will adhere to the prescribed schedule for my child’s cohort. 
  • 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 understand that children who are feeling unwell at school will have their temperature taken using infrared, non-touch thermometers.
  • I will need to remind my child about distancing rules and 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 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 cohort 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 physical/social distancing, use of face masks, good hygiene/hand washing, symptom screening, 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 social distancing rules and mask wearing while at school, both in class and on the playground.
  • Tell an adult immediately if I feel unwell.
  • Not bring things into school from home, except my lunch/lunch box, water bottle, books and coat. [Preschool students may bring a stuffed toy, blanket or “soothing item,” which will be stored in student cubbies.] 
  • Only use the equipment provided to me by school and no other.
  • Not share my food or other belongings with other children. Students for whom indoor eating is arranged should remain silent while they are unmasked and eating.
  • Not mix with any other children in the school besides those in my class cohort.
  • Only enter and exit the school building from the designated places for my cohort.
  • 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.