Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

April 29, 2020

Dear AVS Families,


As we close out week two of “spring break”, I hope you enjoyed some rest, reflection, and a little recreation time with family despite the shelter-in-place limitations.  


I am sharing this evening that in light of the city of San Francisco’s extended shelter-in-place regulations as well as alignment with the San Francisco Unified School District and Bay Area peer schools, we have made the decision to close the campuses and continue with our distance learning platform for the remainder of the school year. I recognize that this decision may not come as much of a surprise to you, however, I know that it is difficult to imagine not returning to campus this year, especially for our graduating students.


To celebrate our graduating students, it is most likely that we will hold a commencement event on the scheduled date June 17, 2020 and hope to plan a gathering in honor of our students at a future date. The school leadership team and I are working to imagine what is possible. We are devising plans to ensure that students and teachers can see each other in a celebratory fashion before the end of the school year. 


Also, I want to express a huge thank-you to AVS parents, committee members, and trustees for your support during the past several weeks. These moments in time call on us to be examples for our AVS students and continue to be supportive of each other. All the best as we begin another school week together and please know that our teachers and leadership team are here to support you in the coming weeks.


In partnership,


Dr. Sean Hamer, Head of School

See the broad overview of our Lower School Academic Continuity plan. 


See the broad overview of our Middle School Academic Continuity plan. 


The AVS Parent Portal is a treasure trove of resources for navigating school (and life!) while you continue to Shelter in Place. From Community Meeting videos and Parent Ed Webinars to a crowd-sourced list of movies to watch as a family, the Parent Portal is your go-to place for all things virtual school. (AVS log-in required)


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Middle School Campus:

2558 Mission Street | San Francisco, CA 94110 | Tel: 415-510-8492