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April 2014

Health Awareness Month


Develop a Healthy School Community | Apples

This month’s School Health Programs campaign focuses on starting the school year with developing healthy habits for the entire year. The WAD includes Save the Dates fliers for Elementary and Secondary levels, announcing upcoming professional development, and the "Tips for a Healthy School Year" flier with 10 suggested ideas to start off a healthy school year including health lessons, event ideas and more. Read WAD

Harvest of the Month is Apples

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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 thanconcern for possible incurred costs. Read WAD.  

Healthy School Checklist

The “Healthy Schools Checklist” is a tool to help school staff prepare to respond to illnesses, injuries and health emergencies.  Schools that submit a completed copy of the “Healthy Schools Checklist” will receive a Healthy School Certificate from School Health Programs. Completed checklists must be returned by October 30. Read WAD. 

SIT September Newsletter

Welcome to a new School Year! Please read our September Newsletter for Student Intervention Team program highlights and updates, current staff biographies, and a description of trainings taking place this month.

HS Health Promotion Committee (HPC) Positions

Staff at school sites interested in being members of the High School Health Promotion Committee and to serve as liaisons to the Student, Family and, Community Support Department (SFCSD). Positions include Health Education Leader and LGBTQ Support Liaison. Applications are due Tuesday, September 16. Read WAD for more information including HPC applications and job descriptions.

MS Healthy School Team (HST) Positions

The Student, Family, and Community Support Department has been funded to implement a Comprehensive School Health Program at all middle school sites. This program includes the hiring of certificated staff at school sites to be members of the Middle School Healthy School Team (HST). Positions include Health Education Leaders, LGBTQ Support Liaison, and Youth Outreach Coordinator. Applications are due Tuesday, September 16. Read WAD for more information including HST applications and job descriptions.

Elementary School Health Advocate Positions

Elementary School Health Advocate serves a critical function as a promoter and role model of health and wellness to students, teachers, staff, and families. Applications are due Wednesday, September 17. Read WAD for more information including application and job description.

Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Vaccine Requirement

All students entering 7th grade should 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 about the Tdap requirement, please go to www.shotsforschool.org 

Create a Healthy Classroom

Start the year off right with healthy classroom ideas from our Nutrition Education Project that support academic success. And while you are at it, check out the Nutrition and Physical Activity Resource Bin full of nutrition education and physical activity promotion materials and resources.

By the Numbers – LGBTQ Pride District Wide

As we begin the 2014-15 school year, we want to take this moment to reflect on the success our schools had in creating supportive environments for LGBTQ students, families, and staff. During the 2013-14 school year, our school district saw: Over 4,000 LGBTQ Pride ... Read story.

Mentoring For Success Partners with Mission Promise Neighborhoods

Darren Gapultos, Education Manager of MPN, expounds on the import of Mentoring for Success: “The journey of our children into adulthood can be a scary and unpredictable one. That’s what makes the Mentoring for Success program so important to our MPN-supported schools. Read more at the Mission Promise Neighborhoods website.

Updated Student Safety Data Available

Learn about current health and safety risks associated with our LGBTQ youth from YRBS Survey Results for School Year 13-14 in the "Get the Facts" section of LGBTQ Support Services.

ExCEL Request for Qualifications (CBOs)

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD or the District) ExCEL Afterschool Programs Office invites interested community-based organizations (CBO) to respond with their qualifications to serve as a Lead Agency in designing, planning, coordinating and operating an effective and high-quality afterschool and/or summer program that supports and aligns with the District’s goal of eliminating the achievement gap. With this Request for Qualifications, the District will provide to principals and individual school site stakeholders a list of pre-qualified CBOs from which principals and stakeholders may evaluate and choose as a Lead Agency. The deadline for the RFQ is September 30, 2014 at 12NOON. For more information go to: RFQ and the application is also online.

We have a new calendar!

The Student, Family, and Community Support Department is debuting our new calendar based on Google calendar. If you had bookmarked the old calendar, please update your bookmarks or better yet, add our new calendar to your Outlook! On our new calendar page instructions for adding to Outlook are at the bottom. You can also click the EXPAND link to see the calendar at a larger size.

School Health Manual now Web-accessible!

The SFUSD FYS logoSchool Health Manual, your #1 resource for health-related policies, procedures, forms and parent letters, is now more accessible than ever - just point and click to get the document you're looking for. Parent notification letters are now available in Word so you can customize school headers, details, etc. If you're not sure where to find what you're looking for, a search feature allows you to find every document related to a topic or key word. Visit the School Health Manual.

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.

Student Intervention Team (SIT) Newsletter

Please read our May Newsletter for program updates and appreciations.  May is Summer Health Month!  Don t miss our intern corner to find out where our interns have landed positions in the mental health community.  Also available in the intern corner, information and resources for youth summer in San Francisco.  See Newsletter | Read more about SIT

Injuries and Acute Health Issues at School

All staff should be aware of the school’s plan for responding to accidents and acute health issues. A decision to call 911 should be based on the immediate need of the student, rather than the possibility of incurred cost. SFUSD carries insurance for injuries that occur at school, field trips or intramural events for costs not covered by the student’s primary insurance company and for those students without health insurance. The Risk Management Department can help school sites with these claims. Read WAD

Child Abuse Reporting

All SFUSD employees are mandated reporters of child abuse/neglect. Anyone who has reason to suspect child abuse or neglect is responsible for making a report to Children’s Emergency Services (CES), also known as Child Protective Services (CPS), as soon as possible. The duty of the mandated reporter is to report suspected child abuse, not to investigate. Learn more including definitions of abuse, and regulations and reporting procedures: Read WAD.

New Personal Beliefs Exemption Form to Required Immunizations

Effective January 1, 2014, AB 2109 requires parents who want to exempt their child from one or more required immunizations because of their personal beliefs to use the new Personal Beliefs Exemption Form to Required Immunizations (CDPH 8262). Read WAD for further information and form with translations.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education Grant Funded

SFUSD received notification March 7 that our Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program grant has been funded. We are one of 14 LEAs out of 54 applicants to be awarded.

Student Mentoring Thrives at Carver Elementary

Emily Wade-Thompson, former Principal, and Kimm Waller Ware, School Social Worker at G. Washington Carver Elementary, are two SFUSD employees who model how to develop a culture of caring and mentorship into a school’s community. Read story.

School Health Programs Receives Clean Air Award

The BREATHE California Award was received by SFUSD School Health Programs as the Outstanding Partner with BREATHE California, statewide air quality program. Read more.

Universal Precautions and Asthma Management Emergency Information 2013-2014

Every day is a day for Universal Precautions (ways to prevent infectious disease exposure) and Asthma Awareness. Asthma accounts for more than 15 million missed school days per year. All SFUSD schools will implement the “Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools” program. Download WAD to learn more.

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.

Sunset Elementary After School "Good Time" Video

Earlier this year, Sunset Elementary’s After School Program put together this fun video featuring Carly Rae Jepson and Owl City’s “Good Time.” After School Program Staff Member Jason Parmele came up with the idea and plan of execution. Each class came up with a concept of what they wanted to do within the video. Learn more and watch this really fun video!

Violence Prevention Snapshot

We have some positive feedback from our last administration of the YRBS.  We still have much to do, but it is gratifying to see our efforts to create safer learning environments for all of our students is paying off. View snapshot (pdf).

Head Lice

The prevalence of head lice (pediculosis) in children continues to be a recurring problem. While head lice do not transmit disease to humans, they are a nuisance resulting in lost school days and work days. Immediate exclusion of students identified with live lice is no longer recommended. Read WAD for SFUSD Head Lice Procedure and supporting documents.

Free Muni Passes for SF Youth Program

MUNI LogoLow and moderate-income San Francisco youth between the ages of 5 to 17 can apply for SFMTA's Free Muni for Youth program. The program will run through June 2014. Find out about eligibility requirements and how to apply. Traveling to and from school safely and responsibly is important so download the Responisble Ridership flier, lessons and ideas from earlier this year for ways to continue to prepare students for MUNI! Download the WAD packet (8mb) | View "On MUNI" video

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices, a movement grounded in principles designed to create powerful relationships central to building thriving communities, has a new website full of information and resources. View website.

Peer Resources

Learn more about Peer Resources model for youth leadership and empowerment through partnerships with schools and long-term impact over 34 years of operation: Visit www.peerresources.org.

Office of Pupil Services Relocation

The Office of Pupil Services has relocated to 727 Golden Gate Avenue. Pupil Services can be contacted by phone at (415) 241-3030 or by fax at (415) 241-6213. View all SFCSD locations.

New Law Highlights Restorative Practices and Interventions

AB 1729 sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), requires in most cases that administrators use suspensions only after alternative disciplinary practices fail to correct student misbehavior. The new law expands those alternatives to include community service, restorative justice programs and positive behavior incentives. This law supports Tobacco/Alcohol/Drug Policies/ Intervention Protocols and Brief Intervention Trainings for alternative disciplinary activities as innovative ways to address student substance use:

 


Resources

SFCSD Program Highlights

Learn more about many of SFCSD’s PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS and how they support the district goals of Access & Equity, Achievement and Accountability while making a huge difference in the lives of our students and families. Download booklet (pdf) | Learn more about our Programs

SFCSD Video Collection

We've collected a lot of great videos from throughout our website and placed them (or links to them) in one handy place under our resources section. Each month we will feature one of our videos on the homepage (right column). Visit our video page.

Choosing Healthier Food & Drinks Begins in Our Own Workplace!

Schools have led the way to healthier choices. It is time for SFUSD administrative offices and school staff rooms to take action! SFUSD staff can be role models for peers, students and families by creating healthier environments throughout the District.  We want our staff to be fit and healthy. Read more at Nutrition Education In Action.

Re-Think Your Drink

How much sugar does the average American consume in a year? More than 100 pounds … which is about quarter of a pound of sugar a day!  Download resources to help you Re-Think Your Drink.

Know Families that Need Extra Support

Dial 2-1-1 to access hundreds of community services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all in multiple languages. Visit the Dial 211 website for more information..

Fingerprinting Clearance Agencies

View locations of San Francisco County Department of Justice Fingerprinting Clearance agencies.  View Agencies. 

Family Health Event Resource Binder

Planning for a family health event is easier than ever now that we've put all the information in one place.  The new Family Health Event Resource Binder has resources for creating nutrition education and physical activity stations. Plus, it's available in English, Spanish and Chinese.  Visit: Plan a Family Health Event.

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Congratulations/Shout-outs

CDC YMSM GRANT
After a competitive process, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a five year grant to San Francisco Unified School District/School Health Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Broward County, Florida School District to pilot and implement programming for young men of color who have sex with men (YMSM). Learn more.

CDC HIV Prevention Grant
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded grants to San Francisco Unified School District/School Health Programs since 1991. The grants assist us to implement both STD and HIV education, and to administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a nationwide student survey to assess risks and health factors affecting our youth. This grant is essential to providing school sites much needed comprehensive school health programming and support. School Health Programs was successfully awarded this grant again, for school years 2013-2018. We are eager to continue implementing programs that address comprehensive health education.

LGBTQ Families Dinner Night Welcomes Over 120

On Wednesday March 26, SFUSD's Student, Family, and Community Support Department held its 3rd annual Families Dinner, “LGBTQ Pride District Wide.” Over 120 parents, students, district staff, school board members and CBO partners mingled, took pictures in our photo booth, and played games while sharing a welcoming space at Aptos Middle School. Learn more

Vision Van Reached Over Two Hundred Students

From March 5-7, 2014, 207 high-need SFUSD students received FREE eye exams and glasses through the Vision Van Program, sponsored by OneSight, a Luxottica Foundation group based in Cincinnati.

  • 200, or 97%, of these students needed glasses.
  • 166, or 83%, of those who needed glasses received them on the same day.
  • The other 34, or 17%, will receive their glasses in about two weeks, after the glasses are finished at a LensCrafters store. Six, or 3%, of the students were referred to an optometrist at Eyexam of CA at LensCrafters for a more in-depth examination.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education Grant Funded

SFUSD received notification March 7 that our Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program grant has been funded. We are one of 14 LEAs out of 54 applicants to be awarded.

School Health Programs Receives Clean Air Award

The BREATHE California Award was received by SFUSD School Health Programs as the Outstanding Partner with BREATHE California, statewide air quality program. BREATHE California continues to collaborate with School Health Programs in programs related to the Tobacco Use Prevention Education Grant by:

  • Tobacco education and cessation programs that can be used for prevention education trainings
  • A working partnership with the school district nurses by providing a quit group in every high school
  • Trainings for the school district nurses so they can offer quit groups
  • Awareness sessions and brief intervention sessions
  • Collaborating events such as the Clear the Air FilmFest which encourages Teen Tackle Tobacco Leaders and other SFUSD students to attend and participate in the proposed activities of student’s films with anti-tobacco messages

BREATHE California is dedicated to fighting lung disease, advocating for clean air and promoting public health in our local communities. Since 1908, they have addressed the most serious health threats of our time through grassroots programs that empower individual, institutional and community change for better breathing and healthier living.

Student Wins Peacemaker Award

Congratulations to Fatima Albowyha for facilitating mediations with dozens of students and leading her peers in developing a safer, more understanding school culture. As a member of Abraham Lincoln High School's Peer Resources program, Fatima prides herself on helping other youth by listening to their concerns and helping them develop solutions to their conflicts. One of her teachers writes, "I feel safer and more comfortable on campus knowing that Fatima is walking the halls." For this work, Fatima is being honored by Community Boards as this year’s recipient of the Gail Sadalla Rising Peacemaker Award. For more information contact Pui Ling Tam ptam@sfedfund.org (415) 749-3700 x3002.

Students at Francisco Middle School Combat Homophobia

Francisco Middle School Peer Resources have been fighting homophobia by leading peer education workshops in classes and by starting a lunchtime ally group, Allied Allegiance. The group received a $700 grant to bring together allies in learning about what LGBTQ youth face and what everyone can do to support LGBTQ youth in their schools and communities. Read The Bay Reporter blog.  Visit Peer Resources or their Facebook page.


 

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