Dear German School families,

We hope this letter finds you well in these uncertain times.


Like all other schools and districts, the German School leadership and staff had many meetings over the last couple of months to determine our approach for the next school year.

As much as we would like to welcome you on our new campus in the Castro, we decided to follow the decision taken by SFUSD and start the school year with distance/online learning.

Our first day of class will be September 12.

In order for you to plan ahead and give you some perspective, we decided to stay the entire first semester remotely (until January 23). We will watch the situation closely and plan to inform you about the 2nd semester in December. Ideally, we can resume classes at least partially in person during the second semester with an appropriate safety protocol observing the health guidelines in place at that time.

Our teachers have done a fantastic job to move content online this spring and are already preparing for a new and improved class structure and online education experience. For the upcoming first semester, remote learning will look a little different than the end of last school year.

Here are some main points:

Students will be taught remotely via Zoom on Saturday mornings and will be shortened to meet student’s ability to focus and stay productive:

30 minutes for the Parent-Child-Class

45 minutes for Vorschule, Level 1 and Level 2

60 minutes of instruction for Level 3, 4, 5 and 6

90 minutes of instruction for Level A2/DSD1, DSD2, Adult
Beginner and Adult Advanced Beginner

· Live Zoom sessions will be complemented by asynchronous teaching/learning activities via Google Classroom, and other appropriate online resources

· Weekly academic support will be offered for students to get help if needed

· Homework correction/review/feedback will be provided weekly

· Classes will be taught in small groups of up to 8 students to allow for more student-student and teacher-student interaction during Zoom sessions.

· As in the past, attendance will be taken, progress reports and report cards will be issued.

·Testing will resume unless not offered by the testing organization.

·To ease the online learning approach, the majority of students will remain with their previous teacher.

·Every effort will be put into hosting cultural events online as much as possible


As a parent, I know that these are unfortunate news and as the president, I admit that the next year will be organizationally and financially challenging for our school and the community.

Please stick with us as we go through these unprecedented times together.

In order to plan for our next school year,

we’d like to ask you to register and pay the tuition online by 9/4.

Classes will only resume if we have sufficient students to start a class on 9/12.

We will waive the volunteering fee for this semester, as well as the event fee. Tuition and tuition discounts will not change.

To complete your enrollment, please go to


Given these circumstances we’d be grateful for donations of any amount, in particular should you decide to not join us for the online experience this semester.

To donate, please go to


Please don’t hesitate to email me your questions or concerns.

Questions about registration/tuitions are better handled by Volker, our Office Manager, directly. (

Thank you for all your support.


Thomas Stahn
German School of San Francisco