More than a dozen women with strollers, many of them nannies, line up outside the Mission Branch library on a Tuesday morning. Photo by Joe Eskenazi Más de una docena de mujeres con cochecitos, muchas de ellas niñeras, hacen fila frente a la biblioteca de Mission Branch un martes por la mañana. Foto de Joe Eskenazi

SFUSD sent out the following announcement:

SFUSD is closing Glen Park Elementary School immediately. Late Thursday afternoon SFUSD learned from the Department of Public Health that 7 students from Glen Park Elementary School have reported respiratory illness. DPH is investigating and testing these students for COVID-19. 

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus or COVID-19 at Glen Park or any other SFUSD school at this time. Based on the recommendation of the Department of Public Health, SFUSD is closing Glen Park immediately while public health officials investigate. Based on current guidance from health experts, Glen Park families and staff are asked to self-quarantine, which means to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. 

SFUSD is going to recess schools for all students preK-12 effective Monday, March 16 through the end of the regularly scheduled spring break (April 3). This will be a 3-week school closure for students. More details at

The Gray Area Foundation wrote today,  that it is “postponing all of our upcoming events through April until further notice.”

Here is an earlier post we put up about weekend events being canceled or changed.

We will update this post as we get more news.

Update, 11:50 a.m.

District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney’s newsletter advises residents “if there’s any specific information that you need, you can always call my office at 415-554-7970 or email us at I am also posting information regularly on Twitter and Facebook. “

SF MOMA has decided to  “close the museum, and its stores and restaurants, from March 14–28, 2020, and to postpone or cancel all events, tours, and programs during this time.”

Also closing are the Asian Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young and the Legion of Honor.

The Community Music Center announced that it will close its Mission District and Richmond District Branches from March 14–April 5.

Updated at 12:02 p.m.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is implementing the following, effective immediately:

  • The Sharon Art Studio, Conservatory of Flowers, and the Carousel in Golden Gate Park are closed through the end of March. Annie’s Hot Dogs, adjacent to the Carousel, will remain open.
  • All San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL) games and practices are cancelled through March 31.
  • The remainder of the Indoor Soccer League season is cancelled, including games. scheduled for March 15 and March 22
  • Summer day camp registration, originally scheduled for March 21, is postponed. Date TBD.  For more updates from Rec and Park click here.

Update: 1:15 p.m.

The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library are closing their donation centers through the weekend. You can get updates on their reopening here.   

Library branches remain open but all events and classes have been canceled.   UPDATE: The library and all branches will now close at 6 p.m. today through March 31st. 

Updates, basic facts, and advice from the San Francisco Department of Health can be found here. 

Update 2:28 p.m.

La Taqueria will close temporarily. The SF  Public Library will also close as of 6 p.m. today through the end of the month.

Update 3 p.m.

Acción Latino will postpone Saturday’s opening reception for “Hey Homegirl: It’s Time We Reclaim Our Space.” 

Update, 3:40 p.m. 

SFUSD to provide free meals for students who need them

Despite the three week closure beginning Monday, San Francisco school will provide free breakfast and lunch to children who need them on a “first-come, first-serve basis,” the San Francisco Unified School District announced this afternoon. Beginning Tuesday, those meals can be picked up at eight sites across the city including Mission High School. Six more sites will be added on Wednesday.

The meals will be available only until March 27, when spring break begins. The school district “is exploring options to continue this service through regularly scheduled spring break, from March 30 through April 3, ” says a press release. “Breakfast and lunch will be served with vegetables, fresh fruit and milk. Shelf-stable meals will also be available. Students can pick up breakfast and lunch between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Students will not need to enter the school building for pick-up.”

The district is asking folks to contact Renata Cauchon at “if you or your organization can provide funding to support supper for students.” Donations can also be made online at to support our meal programs.

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen says that if pick-up is not available,  residents should call her office. “I know parents in SF are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the sudden school closure. A few things: 1. At least 15 schools will remain open to distribute healthy meals over the next 2 weeks. If pick up isn’t possible, call my office and we will get help 415-554–5144.
How you can help: The teacher union—UESF—is seeking volunteers to help distribute meals to students facing food insecurity; here’s the Google Form:

And a reminder, your donations keep us at work. Thank you to all who support us. If you have not and you read Mission Local regularly, please do. 

Stay safe. Here, again, is the video from the World Health Organization on how to wash your hands – one of the most important things an individual can do to prevent the spread of the virus.

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