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April 2014

Health Awareness Month

APRIL: Gay Pride/Respect

Each year, San Francisco Unified School District celebrates the contribution of its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, faculty, parents, and families. School Board Resolution 04-11-A5 lists April as “LGBTQ Pride Month.” The celebration is listed as the Health Awareness Event for April in the District Calendar. April also includes the National Day of Silence, April 11, which is an additional activity to create a safe school by raising awareness of the discrimination LGBTQ people face and how they are often silenced due to the fear of discrimination. Improve school climate and create safer schools by implementing the suggested activities listed in the WAD's resource sheets.

Read WAD. What you can do: Elementary | Secondary. Visit LGBTQ Support Services website for more ideas!

Harvest of the Month is Dried Fruit

View full list of Health Awareness themes for this school year.


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Graduating Seniors to Attend FRISCO DAY, Friday April 18

Friday April 18th is the 4th Annual FRISCO day (FRIday = Successful College Opportunities) where all SFUSD seniors will participate! This event is sponsored by The Office of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and SFUSD’s Superintendent Richard Carranza to increase the graduating seniors’ knowledge and awareness to make a successful transition to college. Graduating seniors will participate in workshops that will help them navigate the college system. At the event students will get to interact with faculty, student clubs and there will also be entertainment & lunch! View flyer.

FREE LGBTQ History Tour for High School Classes

A FREE field trip opportunity! "Doused in Milk!", an LGBTQ history tour of the Castro, was created by Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) youth interns. The tour lasts about one hour, and can accommodate up to 30 students, teachers and chaperones at once. Tours are offered Tuesday, April 8th to Thursday, May 1st (Tuesdays and Thursdays only) with tours available at 11:00 a.m. Learn more and view optional lesson: Read WAD

Student Intervention Team (SIT) April Newsletter

Please read about the current happenings at the Student Intervention Team, including our latest recruitment statistics for the 2014-2015 school year.  Information and resources about Transitions and Terminations with students is provided in this April issue, as well as an update on current trainings.  As always, don’t forget to sneak a peek at who’s in the intern spotlight this month!  See Newsletter | Read more about SIT

CHKS Survey Administration

Survey administration of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) will begin March 24 and continue by school cluster through May 2. During this census year, please ensure that the survey is administered to all students with consent in grades 6 through 12 (Active Consent for Grade 6, Passive Consent for Grades 7-12). It is very important to survey as many students as possible!

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.

Vision Van – March 2014

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.

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.

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 permancy team or just help spread the word. Interested? Learn more | Let us know how you would like to help.

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.

Student and Family Handbook Updates

The 2013-14 revision of the english version of the Student, Family and Community Handbook is now posted. Translated copies will be available very soon. View handbook: English

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).

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. For more information: Read Vision Resources WAD

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 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

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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

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

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.

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 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.

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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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