San Francisco school board pauses renaming to focus on reopening

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Public schools have been shuttered for a year now in San Francisco.

The board of education has received a lot of backlash about this.

The board president finally said Sunday they will focus on reopening schools rather than renaming them.

“This is the last time I’ll comment publicly on renaming until schools are reopened,” her statement began. “There have been many distracting public debates as we’ve been working to reopen our schools. School renaming has been one of them.”

Lopez also says the board is working with city partners to get vaccinations, testing and other resources needed to reopen, and that the board will not be discussing the renaming of schools until this is done.

This is something Mayor London Breed has been requesting for weeks.

Before Lopez’s announcement, the mayor wrote on Twitter that other school districts have safely reopened.

“Other districts have safely reopened schools to in-person learning. San Francisco has among the lowest case rates in the country. Our private schools and Community Learning Hubs have operated safely for months. We should safely reopen public schools,” Breed tweeted.

Private schools in the city have operated safely for months as well.

The city attorney has filed an emergency court order against the school district saying it is unlawful to not allow children to attend school in person.

A court date for the issue has been scheduled for March 22.

But the teacher’s union has been pushing back on reopening unless certain requirements have been met.

KRON4 has reached out to the board of education, the teacher’s union, mayor’s office and city attorney to get an update.

Families for San Francisco also responded to the board’s announcement, saying they are glad the board acknowledged mistakes. But they also hope the school board repeals the renaming resolution entirely and gets historians involved to rename schools.

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