HIV/AIDS Prevention - Be Aware, Be Safe, Be Responsible
Every 9 ½ minutes someone in the US becomes infected with HIV, and 40% of new infections in the U.S. are among young people ages 13-29. Since 1991, SFUSD has named the month of December HIV/AIDS Prevention Month. This occurs in conjunction with World AIDS Day, December 1. The focus of this month is to call attention to the AIDS pandemic and to promote understanding, compassion, and share HIV prevention strategies.
Harvest of the Month: Apples
View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.
Gun Buy-Back: December 12
Help end the pollution and be the solution to gun violence. View WAD more information and posters.
SIT November Newsletter
It's November! Please read the Student Intervention Team's (SIT) November Newsletter for program updates, appreciations and this month’s training opportunities. Don’t miss out on reading about “Coping with Holiday Stress” in our mental health corner. Valuable information and resources are available in this month’s newsletter related to supporting students during the holiday season.
Growing Up Academy: Elementary PD Series
Growing Up Academy: (Growth, Development, and Identity) Professional Development series for Elementary School Educators includes six different workshops to be held November - April. The workshops can be done as a series or stand-alone. Read WAD for more information. Coming up:
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.
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
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. Read WAD | Apply Today!
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.
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.
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.