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: Citrus (January)
Growing Bodies & Active Consent: Healthy Sexuality & Relationships
1-Day Trauma-Informed Consultation PD
This day long professional development will focus on trauma-informed teacher consultation that can help to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments by building teachers’ capacity to work more effectively with students exposed to trauma. Choose between two dates: January 25 or February 2. Read WAD to learn more | Register online.
Be Well, Do Well: a Professional Development Workshop
The Be Well, Do Well workshop on February 2 will cover creating a personal, classroom and school wellness vision. Topics include setting goals and plans around food, fitness and welness, and the materials and resources to implement those wellness action plans. School teams are encouraged to attend! Stipend included. Register by January 23. Read WAD to learn more
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.
We Have to Grade Students on Health? Yes, We Do!
Register by January 13 for the Elementary Health Education Workshop: WE HAVE TO GRADE STUDENTS ON HEALTH? YES, WE DO! to be held on January 18. This workshop is mandatory for all Health Advocates and Health Education Teacher Leaders and will cover health report card indicators and health curriculum. Stipend included. See WAD for more info and registration form.
Free YouthAware Educational Theatre Play, Real Talk!
Real Talk! explores the basics of healthy choices, conflict resolution, peer pressure, self-esteem, and age-appropriate HIV & AIDS education through four engaging young characters who present fast-paced scenes and songs. The play is for fourth and fifth grade students and runs from January 10-26 at New Conservatory Theatre Center on Van Ness. Read WAD for more info and fact sheet.
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.
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.
Read WAD with more information and resources links for posters, etc.
Universal Precautions / Asthma Information
Universal Precautions are best practices, procedures, and other ways to prevent exposure to infectious diseases. Ten to fifteen percent of SFUSD children have asthma. Asthma management and
emergency response in schools may assist in the prevention of negative outcomes. Learn about both! Read WAD for more info.
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.
Restorative Practices Videos
Observe students learning and practicing communication, empathy, and cooperation skills in three new videos of Restorative Practices circles at Flynn Elementary (Kindergarten), Feinstein (5th graders), and Wallenberg High School (two-part). View videos!
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
Seeking Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members
This coming school year School Health Programs will partner with 30 schools to strengthen mentoring programs and to support positive school climate by hiring 20 AmeriCorps Members. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members will be paid a monthly stipend and an education award for service engaging students, families, and school community members. The hiring process is in August and September 2016. Service will begin at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Read WAD to 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.