(ESIP Task A.6.f
1933 Long Beach Earthquake killed 115 people and damaged several schools leading to the passage of the Field Act.
The Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group, comprised of volunteer parents, school representatives, other interested persons, and City staff, is studying the technical and policy issues related to the earthquake risk of private school buildings in San Francisco, and will propose ideas for how the City may best address private school safety. The group will explore challenging issues such as community expectation for school safety, evaluation of earthquake risk, and potential building improvement opportunities. No evaluations of individual school buildings will be performed as part of this work, rather the studies will look generally at the types, age and distribution of buildings used for private schools.
Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group Report
The Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group has issued a report examining the earthquake risk of private schools in San Francisco. This report makes several recommendations to the City for action and represents a year of meetings and research by the working group--including monthly meetings with community members as well as private school parents, board members, and administrators; consultations with and presentations from industry experts; and detailed research from noted earthquake public policy experts. It is important to note that this work considers only private, independent, charter, religious, and other non-public schools and not public schools.
Download the FULL REPORT HERE
Download the Executive Summary Here
Private Schools Earthquake Evaluation Legislation
Updated: April 11, 2014
The Private Schools Earthquake Evaluation Program seeks to require all private school buildings used primarily for education or school administration to receive an earthquake evaluation. This legislation is currently pending Board of Supervisors' approval. It was introduced on February 11, 2014, following the recommendations of the Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group and that group's report. On April 10, 2014, continuing our year-long outreach effort and working with a coalition of schools, parents, and school administration, ESIP held an information session for nearly forty San Francisco private schools. The City will be continuing to work directly with schools to finalize some details of this ordinance while the legislative process continues.
Special Information Session of the Private Schools Earthquake
Safety Working Group
Facts About This Legislation
- San Francisco’s private schools are vital to our communities and play an essential role in educating more than 24,000 children. Currently private schools are not required to meet the same level of seismic safety as public schools.
- The focus of this ordinance is to begin a meaningful conversation about seismic safety in our City’s private schools. We must start that conversation now and with knowledge of our schools’ safety. Earthquake evaluation is the first step in this process.
- Only buildings primarily used for the education and care of K-12 students or school administration that meet the building code definition of Educational “E” occupancy are required to be evaluated. All other non-educational buildings, such as churches, accessory residential buildings or similar uses, are exempt.
- This ordinance is not a retrofit requirement. Many schools may seek to improve any shortcomings found during the evaluation process. Schools will be able to complete any work necessary on their own terms—having as long as needed to raise funds and complete that work, without the demand of a time limit.
- This ordinance requires a life-safety level of evaluation only, submitted to the Department of Building Inspection within three years of the ordinance’s effective date.
- Continuing our year-long outreach process, the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program will be case managing each school’s individual needs during this process, from addressing concerns during the legislative process to identifying structural engineers to locating finance resources.
For additional questions and concerns please call us at 415-554-4925.
Presentations about this legislation
: Earthquake Safety Implementation Program Presentation
, Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group Presentation
, Structural Engineering Presentation
, Disabled Access Presentation
, Legislation Fact Sheet
Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group
The Earthquake Safety Implementation Program has convened a working group of parents, school board members, school representatives, city staff, design professionals, and interested residents to explore the issue of private school earthquake safety. Please click here to download
the Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group Statement.
The Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group meeting at the EPICENTER
– December 6, 2012, 9 AM – 11 AM, City Hall Room 370
– January 17, 2013, 9 AM – 11 AM, City Hall Room 305
– February 28, 2013, 9 AM – 11 AM, City Hall Room 034
– March 28, 2013, 9 AM – 11 AM, City Hall Room 034
– April 25, 2013, 9 AM – 11 AM, City Hall Room 034
- May 16, 2013, 9 AM - 11 AM, City Hall Room 034
- July 18, 2013, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- August 15, 2013, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- September 19, 2013, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- October 17, 2013, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- December 12, 2013, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- February 13, 2014, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- March 27, 2014, 9 AM - 11 AM, The EPICENTER, 245 Third Street
- April 10, 2014, 3 PM - 5 PM, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street