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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Harvest of the Month: Carrots
Finding Your Voice & Following Your Heart: LGBTQ Pride & Advocacy
IN THE CLASSROOM
- Teach respect for differences in growth, development, physical appearance, gender roles, and sexual orientation
- Research LGBTQ people in history
- Identify/promote Allyship characteristics
- Utilize LGBTQ curricula, books, resources
- Plan art activities: Rainbow flags, posters...
- Analyze influences of culture and media, on perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, and sexual orientation
- Teach Personal Pronoun Education lessons in every classroom on a selected day
- Implement Gender Neutral Bathrooms
- Put up displays of famous LGBTQ people
- Request LGBTQ wristbands, posters, buttons to distribute
- a Rainbow Parade: assign each room a color and create flags and banners
- Family Diversity Celebration where students introduce their families
- A Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Day
- LGBTQ Spirit Day: Pink Tsunami, Rainbow Day
SIT April Newsletter
Please see our April Newsletter for program updates, monthly appreciations and upcoming trainings. April is LGBTQ Pride & Advocacy Month! Don’t miss our intern corner with information and resources related to Transitions and Terminations. Finally, catch our “Intern in the Spotlight” this month, highlighting SIT Intern, Sasha Rodriguez, MFTT at SF International HS. Learn more about the Student Intervention Team.
Application for Guardian Scholars Summer Academy
The Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 6-week program (June 12 - July 21, M-Th 9 am-1 pm) at CCSF designed to prepare students for a smooth transition to college and career. Students will receive college and/or high school credit, and up to a $1000 stipend for participating in a CCSF College Success class and job readiness workshops. Stipend provided by the JVS YES Program. Mandatory orientations. Complete and return application by April 11. Read flyer to learn more | Download application
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.
Bike to School Week: April 17 - 21
All SFUSD students are encouraged to participate in SF Bike and Roll to School Week in April. Celebrate the joys and many health benefits of biking or “rolling” to school as a family. The Safe Routes to School Partnership provides incentives and resources to participating schools who sign up to hold an event during the week of April 17-21st. Hurry, supplies are limited, so first come first served! View WAD for more information, flier, and registration link.
Wellness Champion MUNI Bus Campaign
SFUSD Wellness Champions are being 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 WAD to learn more!
Self-Management: What’s Your Marshmallow?
December marked the end of the Fall semester and also the last ExCEL SEL Meeting of 2016! Our December SEL Meeting focused on self-management.. Read full story to learn more!
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.
Self-Efficacy: Which Four Sources?
The first ExCEL SEL meeting for the 2017 has taken off with Self Efficacy, which promotes the belief that you can succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal. Read full story to learn more!
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.
Seeking Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members
School Health Programs partners with 30 schools to strengthen mentoring programs and to support positive school climate by hiring 20 AmeriCorps Members. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend and an education award for service engaging students, families, and school community members. Learn more.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
Tdap Notice Requirements
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.
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.