December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month
Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Responsible Since 1991, as part of the world-wide effort to call attention to the AIDS pandemic and to promote understanding, compassion, and prevention strategies directed at HIV infection, SFUSD has named the month of December HIV/AIDS Prevention Month. This occurs in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 1.
To start things off, 25 Names Project Quilt squares were distributed to schools throughout San Francisco and an HIV/AIDS workshop was held on November 27 for grade K-5 teachers where more resources were made available to schools. There were 12 participants and everyone gained awareness of curriculum and teaching strategies!
Support HIV/AIDS Prevention Month at your school site:
Read WAD. What you can do: Elementary | Secondary.
Harvest of the Month is Cooked Greens
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
SFUSD Supports Undocumented Newcomer Students
This year, San Francisco has seen an unprecedented wave of refugee newcomer students arriving from Mexico and Central America, often fleeing violence and danger in their home countries. SFUSD is committed to the belief that these students have the right to a safe, supportive, and equitable education. Caminos is a new program to address the needs of newcomer students and their families, helping connect them with schools and with supportive services. Learn more about Caminos.
Learn how to Implement Brief Intervention Sessions
Brief Intervention is a short-term intervention and an innovative way to address student use of alcohol and other drugs. Sign up for the Brief Intervention Training PD on January 21, 2015. Applications are due January 16. Learn more.
Tdap Notice for Current 6th Graders
Prepare families for 7th grade by distributing Tdap requirement information slips. Download notice (English, Spanish, Chinese)
Young Men’s Health Groups Kick Off In High Schools
SFUSD is hosting groups for young men in 7 high schools to talk about masculinity, sexuality and health. The groups, which aim to reduce HIV risk in young men, are facilitated by staff members from the schools’ Wellness Centers/Health Centers in collaboration with staff members’ from LYRIC, Health Initiatives for Youth and Huckleberry Youth Programs. This innovative project is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the groups will be meeting weekly throughout the 2014-15 school year.
NEW! Monthly Featured Curriculum Debuts
To further support our Health Awareness Month themes, we have added a Featured Curriculum spot on our home page in addition to our monthly featured programs and videos. This month we feature the sexuality curriculum "Be Real, Be Ready".
Ebola Information for Parents/Guardians and Staff
Although there is an extremely low risk of getting Ebola in San Francisco, it is important that accurate
information and guidance about Ebola is available to parents/guardians and staff.
Read WAD for info sheet and letters for parents/guardians.
Post our New LGBTQ Pride District Wide Poster
Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety by posting our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride District Wide poster! Copies of the poster were distributed to all schools. Additional copies can be acquired by contacting LGBTQ Support Services.
Project Prevent Grant Helps Students Overcome Trauma
SFUSD students will have more support dealing with the effects of trauma and violence thanks to a new $2.8 million Project Prevent grant. The funding will allow SFUSD to provide targeted services to schools for the next five years. This includes establishing a new Integrated School-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIP program) to schools in the Bayview Zone.
Help Students Manage Asthma and Avoid Infections
Asthma accounts for more than 15 million missed school days per year. How can you support students with asthma? What are the Universal Precautions you can put in place to prevent infectious disease exposure? Find out here.
BASIS Intervention Tracker is LIVE
The new student intervention tracker, BASIS (Behavioral, Academic, Social Emotional Supports and Interventions), is designed to enable your school to track and monitor supports and interventions assigned to ensure student success. BASIS works to keep all critical intervention data in one place for student support service team access. You can connect to the on line tracker at usebasis.com. If you need support, please contact
or call 415 242 2615 at School Health Programs.
Tips for Avoiding the Flu and Other Viruses (Including Enterovirus-D68)
You've probably heard on the news that Enterovirus-D68 has been diagnosed in the Bay Area, and the SF Department of Public Health is working with local hospitals to contain it. To prevent yourself from coming down with any sort of flu or virus, try the following tips:
- Receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination (6 mos. & older)
- Wash your hands
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
More about seasonal influenza | Read WAD
SFUSD Bed Bug Procedure
Bed bugs can occasionally travel to school from an infested home in backpacks or in student clothing. Learn what should be done if a bed bug is found at a school site. Learn more, get fact sheets and see sample notification letters.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. Early detection of vision and hearing loss can provide the opportunity to correct the problem earlier, and with less interference to learning. Get further information and screening schedules.
Injuries and Acute Health Issues at School
It is essential that school staff respond appropriately to accidents and acute health issues. A decision to call 911 should be based on the immediate need of the student, rather than concern for possible incurred costs. Find out more