López mentioned the renaming course of “begun in 2018 with a timeline that didn’t anticipate a pandemic.”
“I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process,” she wrote.
Sunday’s assertion, López mentioned, will probably be her final time commenting publicly on renaming faculties, “until schools are reopened.”
“We will not be taking valuable time from our board agendas to further discuss this, as we need to prioritize reopening,” López wrote.
“I want us to focus our time and actions where they matter most. On the safety of our children, and on safely getting them back into schools.”
The information comes about one month after the varsity board voted 6-1 to rename 44 campuses linked to controversial public figures together with former Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and present US Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
In January, following the varsity board’s vote, San Francisco Mayor London Breed mentioned she supported the board’s determination to rename the colleges. However, she additionally expressed frustration that the board had not but created a plan for reopening faculties.
“What I cannot understand is why the School Board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April, when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then,” Breed mentioned final month.
“Our students are suffering, and we should be talking about getting them in classrooms, getting them mental health support, and getting them the resources they need in this challenging time. Our families are frustrated about a lack of a plan, and they are especially frustrated with the fact that the discussion of these plans weren’t even on the agenda for last night’s School Board meeting.”
The district, which includes of 140 pre-kindergarten by 12th grade public faculties, is among the many many nationwide that has carried out distance studying because of the pandemic.
Earlier this month, the San Francisco City Attorney filed an emergency court docket order to open faculties quickly after metropolis leaders introduced a lawsuit in opposition to its personal college system for “failing to come up with a reopening plan” for the scholars the district serves.
The SFUSD didn’t present additional particulars relating to the plan, and directed CNN to the letter within the Chronicle.
Allen Kim contributed to this report.