Be Drug Free
This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on being drug free. Schools should emphasize the tobacco and drug free policy and the Tobacco Free School Zone policy (which now includes e-cigarettes and vaping devices). Participate in Red Ribbon Week (October 26-30) where students take a drug and alcohol free pledge and learn about substance use prevention. Read WAD for resources, curriculum, and ideas.
Harvest of the Month: Grapes
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
Brief Intervention Training: November 4
Learn how to implement Brief Intervention Sessions, an innovative way to address student use of alcohol and other drugs such as using motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy. Please apply by October 28. View WAD for flier and more information.
Red Ribbon Week: October 26-30
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (“I Believe in Me Drug Free!”) from October 26-30 and present a united and visible commitment toward the creation of a Drug Free America; as well as providing education and resources for tobacco, alcohol and other drug prevention, per the Health Education Policy of mandated lessons. The Red Ribbons are worn during Red Ribbon Week each year to demonstrate our unified commitment to a healthy, drug free lifestyle. Request ribbons by October 22. Read WAD for ribbon request form and activity ideas.
Happy Healthy Halloween
Celebrate Halloween with fun and healthy substitutions for Halloween candy! Celebrating a nutritious and active Halloween is a great way to implement the SFUSD Wellness Policy and model a healthy lifestyle for students, staff and families. See WAD for recipies, posters, Family handouts.
Tips for Avoiding the Flu
Flu season is upon us. The San Francisco Department of Public Health reports increased influenza activity locally. The following are effective ways to prevent the spread of influenza:
- Receive an annual seasonal flu vaccination (6 mos. & older)
- Wash your hands
- Avoid close contact
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough and sneeze with tissue or sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects with district-approved cleaning agents.
Download WAD with more information for schools including info sheets, FAQs, links to posters, etc.
Marshall NOWs Highlighted in School Lunch News
Nutrition Outreach Workers (NOW's) at Thurgood Marshall High School , Nancy and Kevin are featured in this months SFUSD School Nutrition Services Newsletter - What's For Lunch? Read the SNS newsletter/article.
Hearing and Vision Screening Schedule
Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law. The following children in SFUSD are to receive vision and hearing screening during the 2015-2016 school year:
- Students in grades 1 and 4
- Referrals from other elementary, middle and high school grade levels
- Students being referred for initial psycho-educational testing
- Students with IEPs with upcoming Triennial Reviews
Read WAD for schedules and more information
LGBTQ Support Servies Families Dinner - October 15
Join LGBTQ Support Services for our 5th Annual SFUSD LGBTQ Families Dinner - "Visions of Pride" on October 15. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Support Services for LGBTQ Youth! RSVP by October 13 Learn more and view flyers.
SIT September Newsletter
Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our September Newsletter for SIT program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month.
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Needs You Now!
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks energetic San Francisco community members to join us in helping to strengthen mentoring programs and support positive school climate. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend for their service engaging students, families, and school community members in positive activities. The hiring process is in July and August 2015. Service will begin at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Read WAD | Apply Today!
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Grant Awarded
Great news to share! School Health Programs, SFCSD, has been awarded a three year grant from the California Volunteers to launch Healthy Choices AmeriCorps California. School Health Programs will guide Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members who will work directly with schools to support the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), school climate activities such as one-to-one and small group mentoring, social emotional learning activities, peacemaking circles, volunteer and family engagement, as well as other structured group activities. Learn more. Special recognition to Erin Farrell who leads SHP’s Mentoring for Success program and prepared this grant application.
Help Support our Foster Youth
Being 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.
Longfellow Elementary After School Program Honored!
Green Arts Workshop encouraged Longfellow participants to consider their personal consumption and to draw inspiration from art that reflects a commitment to environmentally sustainable behavior. Read full story at ExCEL Afterschool Programs.
Tdap Notice Requirements for 2015-16
All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) vaccine for school entry. Additionally, all 8th – 12th grade students transferring from outside of California who have not been vaccinated or existing students lacking evidence of Tdap must meet the requirement. Read WAD for more information, waiver forms, and notices.
New LGBTQ Pride Series Posters!
Stand Up for Pride, Peace and Safety by posting our beautiful new LGBTQ Pride Series Posters! (downloads available) We now have three posters in three languages! Copies of the posters are being distributed to all schools. Additional printed copies can be acquired by contacting LGBTQ Support Services.
Measles Information and Guidance for Staff, Parents/Guardians
As news reports increase about MEASLES outbreaks in California and the recent cases in counties adjacent to San Francisco, we are reminded that prevention and early identification of measles is the best way to avoid an outbreak in our community. It is important that information and guidance is available to parents/guardians and staff. Read WAD for further information, posters and letters.
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.
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. More information.
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.
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