HIV/AIDS Prevention - 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. Read WAD for full information including what you can do: ES and Secondary.
Harvest of the Month is Kiwi
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
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).
FREE resources for SFUSD students for Eye Exams & Glasses
SFUSD students who do not have vision coverage (or who have exhausted their vision coverage) and need an eye exam or new glasses can benefit from two programs. Children’s Vision First offers one free pair of glasses per student through participating volunteer optometrists. LensCrafters OneSight program will offer up to 200 SFUSD students free new glasses during March 2014. Watch for the Vision Van WAD coming in January. For more information: Read Vision Resources WAD
Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt
SFUSD World AIDS Commemoration is December 2 through December 6, 2013. To participate, complete the Agreement to host a panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, which includes a commitment to attend the training on November 25, 2013. Only 20 panels are available this year. The attached Agreement MUST be submitted by November 18, 2013, and are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Read WAD
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.
Student Intervention Team (SIT) November Newsletter
Please read our November Newsletter for important updates, highlights and training information. Included in our intern corner is an article on “Coping with the Holidays”, as well as crisis lines available in the community.
See Newsletter | Read more about SIT
Free Muni Passes for SF Youth Program
Low 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 flyer, 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 New Website
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.
Save these Dates
Is your staff looking for professional development in the area of Health? See the attached flyers announcing professional development opportunities offered by School Health Programs Office for both elementary and secondary levels, stipends are given to attendees. Please encourage your staff to attend! Elementary Save the Dates; Secondary Save the Dates
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Vision and Hearing Screening for school age children is required by state law (CA Ed Code, Section 49452). The following children in SFUSD are to receive vision and hearing screening during the 2013-2014 school year:
- Students in grades 1 and 4;
- Referrals from other elementary and middle school grade levels;
- Students being referred for initial educational testing;
- Students with IEPs with upcoming Triennial Reviews.
Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) Vaccine Requirement
All students entering 7th grade must have proof of a Tdap 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 with Parent Notification Letters. For more information about the Tdap requirement, please go to www.shotsforschool.org.
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 permancy team or just help spread the word. Interested? Learn more | Let us know how you would like to help.
Peer Resources has a New Website!
Peer Resources has a new website! 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:
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
The updated 2013 Department of Public Health Dental Referral Directory is available in English, Spanish and Chinese to assist families in need of dental resources.Download the Dental WAD packet for information.
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 staffrooms 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.
Updated Contact Information for Department
View an updated list of Department contacts including program, contact person, phone number and email address. SFCSD Program Contact Sheet 2013-14.
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.
Restorative Practices Newsletter
Read a summary of this year's outcome and reflections on the principle-based restorative practice that emphasizes the importance of positive relationships as central to building school community. View Newsletter.
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 theDial 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 resourcs for creating nutrition education and physical activity stations. Plus, it's available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Visit: Plan a Family Health Event.
Health Survey Results
View the latest SFUSD survey results on the health of students attending San Francisco’s public middle and high schools.
YRBS/CHKS Health Survey Results:
View more information about YRBS/CHKS
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.