Policies and Disclosures

Equal Opportunity

The San Francisco School is committed to fostering and sustaining an inclusive learning community and does not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The San Francisco School applies all legal non-discrimination standards in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.

The San Francisco School is also an equal opportunity employer. We continually strive to build an inclusive culture in our diverse community. The School encourages applications for employment from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

Adult-Student Interactions

As of January 1, 2018, CA law AB 500 requires schools to share their adult-student interactions policy on their websites.

The School encourages positive, meaningful relationships between students and teachers. At the same time, employees must ensure that they do not cross the boundaries of a professional teaching relationship. Employees must maintain appropriate boundaries between themselves and students to ensure that they avoid even the perception of inappropriate conduct.

Below is a list of examples of conduct that may involve inappropriate crossing of the boundaries of the professional relationship:

  • Giving gifts to an individual student that are of a personal or intimate nature;
  • Unnecessary physical contact with a student in either a public or private situation;
  • Intentionally being alone with a student on campus or away from the School without supervisor permission;
  • Making, or participating in sexually inappropriate comments;
  • Sexual jokes, stories, or jokes/comments with sexual innuendo;
  • Seeking emotional involvement with a student for an employee’s benefit;
  • Discussing an employee’s own personal troubles or intimate issues with a student;
  • Becoming involved with a student so that a reasonable person may suspect inappropriate behavior;
  • Inappropriate use of social media with or about students;
  • Excessive attention toward a particular student;
  • Swearing or using inappropriate language around students;
  • Sending emails, text messages or letters to students of a personal nature if the content is not about school activities; or
  • Failing to keep parents and supervisors informed when a significant issue develops about a student.

The School encourages parents or other members of the school community who have concerns about adults crossing appropriate boundaries with students to inform the Head of School or Chair of the Board of Trustees.

The School will not retaliate against anyone who reports conduct that may violate this policy. An employee who retaliates against an individual who makes a report under this policy will be subject to discipline.