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School Health Programs will continue to support all SFUSD schools to be welcoming and inclusive environments so students are safe, healthy and ready to learn.  Driven by our district values - including fearlessness, unity, and social justice - we remain strong in our resolve that ALL students, and the multiple identities, communities, and histories they embody, are essential to a strong and flourishing society.  

President Barack Obama said it best, in his remarks on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: “The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.”

School Health Programs will continue to push the arc of justice further into a healthy and equitable future.

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Health Awareness Month


Harvest of the Month: Strawberries

Open the Door, Get Out & Explore: Summer Safety and Environmental Health


  • Choose books on safety topics: fire, water, weapons
  • Practice effective communication skills when dealing with emergencies
  • Practice decision-making skills regarding safety topics
  • Provide instruction on sun safety practices
  • Research environmental health issues
  • Set goals for a safe, healthy summer
  • Teach First Aid skills
  • *Celebrate National Foster Care Month!


  • Encourage parents to attend February DCYF workshop on community-based summer health resources
  • Coordinate a summer safety poster contest
  • Share resources for safety equipment, i.e., bike helmets
    Display Summer Safety bulletin boards
  • Coordinate a Summer Safety fair: pedestrian safety, use of caps and sunscreen, pool safety, hydration...
  • Hold a Bike Rodeo to promote bicycle safety
VIEW THE WAD for ideas & info. | View all Health Awareness themes, pdf

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Fall 2017 BeWell School Committee Institute

All Staff at SFUSD Schools: EED, Elementary, K-8, Middle & High Schools are invited to attend the institute on August 14. Join a small school team to make big changes in school environments: reward your school for Wellness Activities, help set school and district priorities around food, fitness and wellness, receive a stipend or use Prop A Hours if available. RSVP by Friday, May 26. View the WAD for more information.

Apply Now for 2017-18 Elementary HA and HETL Positions

Health Advocate and Health Education Teacher Leader (limited to 15) serve as activists, promoters, and role models of health and wellness to students, teachers, staff, and families. The first round of applications for the positions are due May 26. The second round will occur in August. Read WAD with Job Descriptions. Apply now on Google Forms: Health Advocate | Health Education Teacher Leader

Save the Dates for 2017-18 Health Education PDs

The 2017-18 Save the Date lists of Health Education Professional Deveopment Opportunites are now available for Elementary and Secondary. Learn more!

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Now Recruiting for 2017-18

Do you know a young person (over 18 years old) who is looking for experience working with youth? Healthy Choices AmeriCorps (a program of School Health Programs, SFUSD) is recruiting AmeriCorps Members for School Year 2017-18. Learn more!

SIT May Newsletter

Please see our May Newsletter, the final one of the year, for program updates, monthly appreciations and resources.  May is Summer Safety and Environmental Health so check out our intern corner with information and resources for summer.  Also, if you are curious as to where some the SIT Interns are headed next year, please check out the Life After SIT corner in this newsletter! We also want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for being a part of and/or supporting the SIT Internship Program! We wish everyone a happy and healthy summer! Learn more about the Student Intervention Team. 

May is Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people nationwide to focus attention on the year-round needs of youth in foster care and encourage more people to get involved in their lives. We invite you to recognize May as National Foster Care Month and to celebrate those who make a difference in the lives of children in the foster care system. View the WAD for more information.

Help Support our Foster Youth

FYS logoBeing a Foster Parent is a big part of supporting our Foster Youth in San Francisco, but it certainly isn't the only way. You could be a mentor, backup childcare provider, or educational surrogate. Or you could donate, start a permanency team or just help spread the word. Interested? Learn more | Let us know how you would like to help.

May is Armani Johnson Asthma Awareness Month

Plan an Asthma Awareness event in your school! On March 26, 2002, Armani Johnson died tragically as the result of an asthma attack while attending a SFUSD Child Development Center. Currently, 10-15% of SFUSD students have asthma (or 2-3 students per average classroom). Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of indoor and outdoor environmental triggers. Read WAD for more information.

The Last SEL Meeting of the School Year!

The last ExCEL After School SEL Meeting in April reviewed the four SEL skills focused on during the school year, Growth, Self-Management, Self Efficacy, and Social Awareness. Each grade level reviewed the four components in different ways. Read full story with photos!

2017 Anti-Tobacco/Vape PSA Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Anti-Tobacco/Anti-Vape PSA Contest "See Through the Smoke". The winning artwork and video PSAs from SFUSD LGBTQ, Middle School, and High School students are now posted on the San Francisco Wellness Initiative website. View the winning entries!

Wellness Champions MUNI Bus Campaign

SFUSD Wellness Champions were recognized on SF MUNI buses through May 1st with MUNI Bus Campaign posters honoring Mr. Emmanuel Stewart at Dr. Carver ES and the Nutrition Outreach Workers at Willie Brown MS. Read full story with photos.

Mentoring For Success Spring 2017 Newsletter

See the Spring 2017 MFS Newsletter for: Spotlight on Mentors, MLK Service Day, Project Arrive Launches in MS, Growth Mindset, Mentor Challenges Learn more about the Mentoring for Success Program. 

Nurses and Social Workers Core Support One-Pagers

Learn more about core support provided by school district nurses and social workers with these one-pagers! School District Nurses: ES | SEC Social Workers: K-8.

Healthy Party Ideas

Leave the candy and sugary snacks out of the classroom and teach students and parents/caregivers about the importance of healthy snacks and being physically active. Healthy party resources

2015-16 FITNESSGRAM Results

2015-16 FITNESSGRAM data for SFUSD students is now posted in our Data and Statistics section - we are going in the right direction! Take a look at the new numbers.

Wellness Policy Awareness, Updates, and Translations

The NEW Wellness Policy is now translated into Spanish and Chinese. Learn about the changes and what it means to your school: take the Wellness Policy Quiz! Read WAD for more info | View our Wellness Policy section at Nutrition Education Project.

Fall 2016 LGBTQ Data Snapshot

View shapshot of Support Services for LGBTQ data such as sexual orientation populations, gender identity breakdowns, frequencies of anti-LGBTQ slurs, and more. Based on the 2014–15 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). View Snapshot PDF | More student safety data.

Elimination of Personal Beliefs Exemption from Immunizations

Effective January, 2016, California Senate Bill 277 will eliminate personal and religious exemptions from immunization requirements for children in child care and public and private schools.

  • The law will allow personal belief exemptions (PBEs) submitted before January 1, 2016 to remain valid until a student enters:
    • TK/Kindergarten
    • 7th grade
  • Out-of-state PBEs will not be valid. The following exempt categories will not have to meet existing immunization requirements for entry:
    • Home-based schools
    • Students enrolled in an independent study program who do not receive classroom-based instruction. 

Additional information may be found online at shotsforschool.org or contact the SFUSD Nurse of the Day at 415-242-2615. Read WAD for further information and letters for parents/guardians.

Seventh Grade Vaccine Requirements

All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap vaccine and 2 MMR vaccinations. Students who are 13 years of age or older also need proof of a second Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination.  Additionally, all 8th – 12th grade students must be up to date on all vaccinations required for school entry, including Tdap, Varicella, and MMR. Personal Belief Exemptions are no longer valid for incoming 7th graders. Medical exemptions are still accepted.  Read WAD for more information and locations.       

Parent Notification

Parents/guardians are to be notified at least 14 days prior to classroom instruction about sexuality, including human reproduction and sexually transmitted disease. Read WAD for further information.

Tuberculosis Screening Requirement for Students

A signature of a health provider attesting to no risk factors for Tuberculosis (TB) OR a skin or blood test for TB is required within one year prior to admission to school in San Francisco. Read WAD for further information.

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